Botany Program Information
Chair: Marta L. Wayne
Graduate Coordinator: W. Bradley Barbazuk
The Department of Biology offers graduate work in Botany leading to the degrees of Master of Science, Master of Science in Teaching, and Doctor of Philosophy. Requirements for these degrees are given in the Graduate Degrees section of this catalog.
The Department offers studies in the areas of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, physiology, ecology, systematics, and evolution. Specific areas of specialization include anatomy/morphology with emphasis on extant and fossil vascular plants; ecology and environmental studies including ecosystem ecology, conservation biology and genetics, fire ecology, exotic invasive species, and tropical botany and ecology; cell biology with emphasis on the cytoskeleton and cell morphogenesis; physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology with emphasis on photosynthesis, growth and development of angiosperms, protein phosphorylation and signal transduction, global analysis of spatial patterns of gene expression; plant secondary metabolism and proteomics; systematics with emphasis on DNA- and morphology-based phylogenetic analyses, phylogeographic studies, molecular evolution/development, and monographic and floristic studies. To be considered for admission to graduate studies, students should have:
- The equivalent of an undergraduate degree in botany or biology with basic course work in their area of interest
- Acceptable GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing)
- Letters of recommendation
- International students must submit an acceptable score on one of the following: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language: computer=213, paper=550, web=80), IELTS (International English Language Testing System: 6), MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery: 77), or successful completion of the UF English Language Institute program. The program of graduate study for each student will be determined by a supervisory committee, and deficiencies in background coursework will be made up early in the graduate program. No more than 9 credits of BOT 6905 may be used to satisfy the credit requirements for a master’s degree.