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General Information about our Department

  • Over 40 faculty and 100 graduate students.

  • Research specializations ranging from Ecology and Evolutionary Biology to Molecular and Cellular Biology.

  • World-class resources and facilities (see Resources below).

  • Full financial support, including a stipend and waivers for tuition, for all PhD or Thesis MS students.

  • The current annual stipends are $23359.76 for Thesis MS students and $24330.94 for doctoral students.

  • The average GRE scores for accepted students are 156 (64%) Quantitative and 157 (74%) Verbal.

Admission Requirements

To apply for the MS or PhD program, you will need to rhave an upper-division GPA above 3.0, and submit 3 letters of recommendation. GRE scores are not required for students who are granted a GRE waiver based on meeting specific criteria demonstrating readiness for graduate work. To apply for a waiver click here (International students from non-English speaking countries are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam.) For more details, see the Admissions Requirments and How to Apply pages.

Degree Requirements

You can find a brief overview here of the PhD, Thesis MS, and course-based MS degrees. The specific requirements and expectations for all our degree programs can be found in the Biological Science Graduate Handbook. Additional information on University requirements can be found in the FSU General Bulletin and the FSU Graduate School Handbook.

Financial Support

All students admitted to the Thesis MS or PhD degree programs are offered financial support either as a teaching assistant, or a research assistant. Top students may be offered a prestigious Presidential, University or College Fellowship.

Stipends are $23359.76 (Thesis MS) and $24330.94 (PhD) annually for teaching and research assistants; students also receive a full tuition waiver.

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Students on assistantships and fellowships receive a $1,300 supplement to help defray the cost of University-sponsored health insurance.

Support is provided by the Department to assist Thesis M.S or PhD graduate students to travel to scientific meetings to present their research.

No departmental financial support is available for students enrolled in the Course-Type MS degree program.


Students in Biology at FSU have access to world-class technical and intellectual resources, including:

  • Biological Science Imaging Resource
    houses a state-of-the-art Titan Krios cryo-EM system, along with other confocal, optical, and electron microscopy systems.

  • FSU Coastal & Marine Lab
    located on the Gulf Coast in St. Teresa FL, conducts innovative, interdisciplinary research focused on the coastal and marine ecosystems of the Wider Caribbean.

  • Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine
    provides consulting, data analysis support, and training for research projects with genomic components, to relieve the analytical bottleneck of genomic research projects.

  • Godfrey Herbarium
    a museum-quality biodiversity research collection of about 210,000 plant and microalgae specimens.

  • Analytical and Molecular Core Labs
    incorporate state-of-the-art laboratory equipment for performing biological analyses, developing methods to aid in research, and training faculty and graduate students in equipment operation and research techniques.

  • National High Magnetic Field Lab
    houses the world's most powerful magnets used a variety of biological and chemical experiemnts, including the world’s strongest MRI magnet for in vivo imaging.