Program Timeline


Forms and additional details can be found in the EECB bylaws and the University Graduate School forms. You can use our site to submit your EECB program-specific progression forms.

Year 1    |    Year 2    |    Year 3    |    Years 4 & 5    |    Graduating (Year 5 or 6)

Year 1

First Semester

  • Complete your entrance interview
  • Transfer your previous graduate credits through the Graduate School, if applicable
  • Recommended courses—Colloquium (EECB 794), Principles of Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology (EECB 703)

Second Semester

  • Form your official committee
  • Submit your declaration of advisor through the Graduate School
  • Submit your program of study through the Graduate School
  • Recommended courses—Colloquium (EECB 794), Rotation (EECB 701), Statistics (course recommended by committee)

Year 2

By the end of the second year, doctoral students should complete the comprehensive exam and have their dissertation proposal approved by their committee.

First Semester

  • Recommended Courses—Colloquium (EECB 794), Statistics (course recommended by committee), other courses recommended by committee

Second Semester

  • Recommended Courses—Colloquium (EECB 794), Research Design (EECB 750), other courses recommended by committee

Year 3

Program Changes

  • Change your program of study
  • Change your advisory committee
  • Request a leave of absence

Years 4 & 5

Students should be finished with their course work (i.e., signed up only for dissertation credits and possibly colloquium) and focused on research, grants (especially the NSF dissertation improvement grant) and publishing. No forms are required.

Graduating (Year 5 or 6)