Aug 15, 2018  
2017 - 2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017 - 2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology Department



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The Biology Program

General Description

The Department of Biology at William & Mary offers a two-year, research-intensive master's program where students are supported by teaching assistantships and full tuition waivers. Graduate research opportunities exist in four broad areas: behavioral biology, developmental biology, ecology and evolutionary biology, and molecular and cell biology. With a low student to faculty ratio (approximately 8-10 new students each year with 22 full-time faculty), we offer an intimate and highly personalized research and education experience rarely attainable at larger universities. Also, our graduate students often work closely with and mentor undergraduates, providing numerous informal teaching and personal development opportunities. Specific information about our graduate students and faculty can be found here.


The department requires the General Graduate Record Examination and requests the Biology GRE for nontraditional applicants (e.g. students with a bachelor's degree in something other than Biology).

Programs and Course Descriptions




    Description of Courses

    Unless otherwise noted, all courses are graded using standard grading [A, B, C, D, F] scheme (See Grading and Academic Progress in the section entitled 'Graduate Regulations') and may not be repeated for credit (See Repeated Courses requirements in the section entitled 'Graduate Regulations').

    See the Open Course List to search for open seats in a term.