☜ I. Time Limits for Degrees

Contents
Preface
Philosophy
Admission Policies
Requirements for the Degree:
I. Time Limits for Degrees
II. Supervisory Committee
III. Required Courses
IV. Teaching Requirement
V. Program of Studies
VI. MS Prospectus
VII. PhD Proposal
VIII. Graduate Examinations
IX. Timetable
Annual Reviews
Financial Support
Registration
Miscellaneous
Appendices:
I: Residency
II: Student Travel
III: Dual Compensation
IV: English Competency
V: Graduate Appeals Policy
VI: Teaching Assistants Manual
VII: Neuroscience Program
Detailed Contents

Requirements for the Degree:

II. Supervisory Committee

A. Committee Composition
The graduate supervisory committee is responsible for guiding the student's research program and adherence to graduate policies. At least half the committee members must be tenured or tenure-earning Department of Biological Science faculty who hold Graduate Faculty Status (GFS). Masters committees cannot have more than one non-tenure track faculty member, doctoral committees cannot have more than 2 non-tenure track faculty members.

Course-type MS -- the Director of the Course-type Master’s program and the DIS research supervisor. All committee members must have GFS or co-Doctoral Directive Status (co-DDS) or co-Master's Directive Status (co-MDS). If the committee has a single major professor, this person must be a tenured or tenure-earning member of the Department of Biological Science who holds GFS, or a faculty member of FSU’s Coastal and Marine Laboratory who holds GFS. If the committee has 2 co-major professors, one of them must be a tenured or tenure-earning member of the Department of Biological Science with GFS. The committee is established by written memo to the Graduate Office from the Director of the Course-type Master’s program.

Thesis MS--major professor plus 2-3 other members. All committee members must have GFS or co-Doctoral Directive Status (co-DDS) or co -Master's Directive Status (co-MDS). MemoIf the committee has a single major professor, this person must be a tenured or tenure-earning member of the Department of Biological Science who holds GFS, or a faculty member of FSU’s Coastal and Marine Laboratory who holds GFS. If the committee has 2 co-major professors, one of them must be a tenured or tenure-earning member of the Department of Biological Science with GFS. MemoThe committee is established by written memo to the Graduate Office from the major professor and initialed by each committee member, and the committee must be approved by the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies. (See Graduate Handbook section IX. Timetable.)

PhD-- major professor plus at least 4 other members. All committee members must have GFS or co-Doctoral Directive Status (co-DDS). MemoIf the committee has a single major professor that person must be a tenured or tenure-earning member of the Department of Biological Science, or a member of FSU’s Coastal and Marine Laboratory, with GFS. If the committee has 2 co-major professors one of them must be a tenured or tenure-earning member of the Department of Biological Science with GFS. One member of the committee, the University Representative, must be a tenured FSU faculty member with GFS who is from a department other than Biological Science and who does not have a courtesy faculty appointment in Biological Science.Memo The committee is established by written memo to the Graduate Office from the major professor and initialed by each committee member, and the committee must be approved by the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies. (See Graduate Handbook section IX. Timetable.)

The Graduate Office must be notified, immediately, of any changes in the constitution of the committee (e.g., substitution of committee members or change of major professor).

B. Co-Major Professor
Tenured or tenure-earning faculty who hold GFS in other departments at Florida State University can serve as co-major professor with a tenured or tenure-earning faculty member of the Department of Biological Science who holds GFS. The remaining committee composition must be consistent with both departmental and university standards.

C. Retired Faculty
Tenured or tenure-earning faculty with GFS who retire or leave the university may continue to serve on committees under the following conditions (as approved by the Faculty Senate).

Fully retired faculty may continue to serve as major professors for those students who have already begun their dissertation at the time of the major professor's retirement. Fully retired faculty, however, may not accept additional students in this capacity. Fully retired faculty may serve as an additional member beyond the minimum number required on doctoral committees of new students if they choose

Faculty holding GFS who leave the university may continue to serve on existing committees provided they are granted a courtesy faculty appointment in Biological Science. If the departing faculty member is the student’s major professor then a co-major professor must be appointed who is a tenured or tenure-earning Biological Science faculty member with GFS.

D. Courtesy Faculty
Courtesy faculty who are not tenured or tenure-track personnel of FSU can serve on supervisory committees with the following restrictions:

They must be members of the Department of Biological Science or have a courtesy faculty appointment in Biological Science.

They must have the appropriate directive status -- GFS, or co-DDS for doctoral committees. GFS, co-DDS or co-MDS for masters committees. If they are on the faculty at another university in the SUS, then they must hold the appropriate directive status at their home university.

They may be co-major professor with a tenured or tenure-earning Biological Science faculty member who holds GFS, subject to approval of Associate Chair for Graduate Studies.

The remaining committee composition must be consistent with both departmental and university standards

Each fall students will meet with their committees to discuss their progress. Each committee will then submit to the student and to the Graduate Office a statement assessing the student's progress (see Annual Reviews).

☞ III. Required Courses