- An advanced course in evolutionary biology is the only specific course required of all graduate students. It must be taken for a letter grade during the graduate program if it was not completed during the student's undergraduate education. A student's advisory committee may suggest courses as well.
- Annual Reviews. Students are required to meet with their relevant committee each year by the stated deadline.
- Four semesters of "residency" as required by the Graduate Division. This means you must be registered for a minimum of 4 semesters. There are no departmental unit requirements for the Ph.D. program.
- Student need to be enrolled full time (12 units), and in each semester at least 4/12 units need to be 100-200 level courses
- Students are required to be a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) for at least two semesters and must complete IB 375, the Teaching Colloquium.
- A student in the Ph.D. program must take a two to three-hour oral Qualifying Examination (QE) on fields specified by their QE Committee. Evolution is required to be one of the four Qualifying Exam subject areas.
- Ph.D. candidates are required to write a dissertation based on original and independent research carried out by the student.
- You are encouraged (but not required) to enroll in seminars in your field of specialization and present topics. Effective participation in seminars is a useful introduction to your field of specialization and may give you valuable direction for advanced study, particularly if you have not begun research activities.
- You are encouraged (but not required) to give a finishing talk, presenting your PhD dissertation research to the department.