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Timelines & Benchmarks - M.S., Ph.D., & D.A.

Approved by the Graduate Education Committee: 25 October 2016

  • Timeline organized with odd semesters (1st, 3rd, etc.) are fall, even semesters are spring.
  • Program durations:
    • M.S. designed as 2-3 year program; description based on 2 years with graduation after 4th semester.
    • Ph.D designed as 4-5 year program; description based on 4years with graduation after 8th semester.
    • D.A. designed as 3-4 year program; description based on 3 years with graduation after 6th semester.
  • Progress reports are due to director of grad programs every February 1 (need new form).
  • Courses related to student thesis/dissertation research:
    • BIOL 6648 (Graduate problems): Credits reflecting time spent by a student actively working on their thesis/dissertation research project.
    • BIOL 6650/8850 (Thesis): Credits reflecting time spent by a student actively writing their thesis/dissertation; after registering for 1 cr of BIOL 6650/8850, students are required to be continuously registered (for at least 1 cr, every semester, including summer).
  • Courses related to biological education (primarily for DA students):
    • BIOL 6693 (Seminars in College Teaching); offered every fall (topics rotate): All DA students are required to take at least 2 seminars for 4 credits.
    • BIOL 6694 (Advanced Studies in College Teaching); offered every spring: All DA students are required to take at least 2 courses for 4 credits.
  • Supervised Teaching Internship(STI): see STI guidelines for additional details.
    • BIOL 7700 (Supervised Teaching Internship): Reflect time spent by student actively engaged in a STI. 1 credit for internship proposal and report and additional credits based on course teaching effort (e.g. 5 weeks of a 15 week course would be 1 credit; ½ of a 3 credit lecture would be 2 credits, rounded up; all of a 3 credit course would be 3 credits).
    • STI proposals are create the semester prior to the teaching internship; reports due following internship.
    • First internship may involve guest lectures and other course contributions (creating & grading assignments, exams, etc).
    • Second internship may involve co-teaching credit and responsibilities.
    • Third internship may involve full course responsibility.
    • If a student has substantial prior teaching experience, they may start with taking on more responsibility for a course. Some students may never get the opportunity for a full course responsibility (b/c those are scarce or student is not ready).
    • A PhD student with a minor in Biology Education must take 6693 and 6694 prior to their internship (BIOL 5513 or 5514 is also strongly recommended if they don’t have biology teaching experience).
 MS programsPhD programsDA program
1st semester
  • BIOL 6690 (Careers in Life Science)
  • Diagnostic assessment
  • Assemble advisory cmte, create initial Program of Study at first advisory cmte mtg
  • BIOL 5514 (if new TA) 
  • BIOL 6690 (Careers in Life Science)
  • Diagnostic assessment
  • Assemble advisory cmte, have first meeting
  • BIOL 5514 (if new TA) 
  • BIOL 6690 (Careers in Life Science)
  • Diagnostic assessment
  • Assemble advisory cmte, have first meeting
  • BIOL 6693 (Seminars in College Teaching) 

2nd semester

Progress reports due February 1

  • BIOL 6605 (Biometry)
  • BIOL 6648 (Grad probs)
  • BIOL 6691 (Proposal seminar)
  • Advisory cmte mtg to defend research proposal (immediately following seminar)
  • Coursework as dictated by the initial planned program of study
  • BIOL 6605 (Biometry)
  • BIOL 6648 (Grad probs)
  • Create initial Program of Study at advisory cmte mtg (prior to registering for next semester) 
  • BIOL 6605 (Biometry)
  • BIOL 6648 (Grad probs)
  • BIOL 6694 (Advanced Studies in College Teaching)
  • Create initial Program of Study at advisory cmte mtg (prior to registering for next semester) 
3rd semester
  • BIOL 6648 (Grad probs)
  • Coursework as dictated by iPOS
  • Advisory cmte to create final Program of Study 
  • BIOL 6691 (Proposal seminar)
  • BIOL 6648 (Grad probs)
  • Advisory cmte mtg to defend research proposal (immediately following seminar)
  • Coursework as dictated by iPOS 
  • BIOL 6691 (Proposal seminar)
  • BIOL 6648 (Grad probs)
  • Advisory cmte mtg to defend research proposal (immediately following seminar)
  • BIOL 6693 (Seminars in College Teaching)
  • BIOL 7700 (Supervised teaching internship); first internship
  • Coursework as dictated by iPOS 

4th semester

Progress reports due February 1

  • BIOL 6648 (Grad probs)
  • BIOL 6650 (Thesis)
  • Thesis defense
  • Graduation 
  • BIOL 6648 (Grad probs)
  • Coursework as dictated by iPOS
  • Advisory cmte mtg to assess progress 
  • BIOL 7700 (Supervised teaching internship); second internship
  • BIOL 6648 (Grad probs)
  • BIOL 6694 (Advanced Studies in College Teaching)
  • Coursework as dictated by iPOS
  • Comprehensive exam at end of semester (following completion of coursework)
  • Advisory cmte mtg to create final Program of Study 
5th semester  
  • BIOL 6648 (Grad probs)
  • Coursework as dictated by iPOS
  • Comprehensive exam at end of semester (following completion of coursework)
  • Advisory cmte mtg to create final Program of Study 
  • BIOL 7700 (Supervised teaching internship); third internship
  • BIOL 6648 (Grad probs)
  • BIOL 6693 (Seminars in College Teaching)
  • BIOL 8850 (Dissertation)
  • Advisory cmte mtg to assess progress 

6th semester

Progress reports due February 1

 
  • BIOL 6648 (Grad probs)
  • BIOL 8850 (Dissertation)
  • Advisory cmte mtg to assess progress 
  • BIOL 8850 (Dissertation)
  • BIOL 6694 (Advanced Studies in College Teaching)
  • Thesis defense
  • Graduation 
7th semester  
  • BIOL 8850 (Dissertation)
  • Advisory cmte mtg to assess progress 
 

8th semester

Progress reports due February 1

 
  • BIOL 8850 (Dissertation)
  • Thesis defense
  • Graduation