The Aquatic Biology Program is administratively housed in the Department
of Biological Sciences. Students may receive a Masters of Science
in Biology or in Marine Science, or a Ph. D. in Biology. For graduation,
students are required to enroll for 24h (M.S.) or 48h for the Ph.
D. Up to 12 h may be transferred towards the M.S. and 24 h can be
transferred towards a Ph. D. degree. Each student chooses his/her
coursework in consultation with their faculty advisor and thesis
advisory committee. A comprehensive examination is required for
both M.S. and Ph.D. students and is generally taken after coursework
has been completed. Courses may be taken from those in the Biological
Sciences and from other departments including Community Health Sciences,
Civil Engineering, Geology, Geography, Statistics, and Law. While
coursework is important, the emphasis in graduate school is on designing
and conducting innovative research. Students are expected to have
identified a research project in consultation with their faculty
mentor and to have started work on their research proposal/project
by the end of their second semester in residence. There are approximately
30 graduate students typically in residence. Approximately 20 are
pursuing the Ph. D. Over the past 6 years 26 Ph.D.s and 33 M. S.
degrees have been awarded.
The Center for Freshwater Studies (CFS) was established to coalesce
interests of UA faculty with expertise in different areas of freshwater
studies and to provide a focus and organized structure for interdisciplinary
research and education. Currently 25 faculty from units within 4
colleges participate in the CFS and contribute expertise in biogeochemistry,
biodiversity, conservation, ecology, geochemistry, geography, geology,
hydrology, water policy/law and water resources management.