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Biological Sciences, Ph.D.

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University rank #1037 (BCR) Brookings, SD, United States
Are you interested in preparing for a career that positions you to address critical issues such as efficient food production, natural resource sustainability, quality of life, and health of humans, animals and plants?  If so, a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at  South Dakota State University just might be for you. 
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This is a cooperative program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biological Sciences. Departments that cooperate in the program are Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering; Agronomy, Horticulture, & Plant Science; Animal Science; Biology & Microbiology; Dairy & Food Science; Health & Nutritional Sciences; Natural Resource Management; and Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences at South Dakota State University.

The doctoral programs in Biological Sciences allow for considerable latitude in the education and training of students. The plan of study can be designed to meet the interests and individual needs of the student. While the training of most students of the Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at  South Dakota State University is largely directed to a single discipline represented within one of the participating departments, cross-discipline training is available.

Career Opportunities

  • Design and manage efficient food production systems
  • Natural resource management and conservation
  • Laboratory research
  • Product development
  • Quality control and food safety
  • Human, animal and plant health

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits

    *you can also choose 90 credit plan

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Specializations are available in the following areas:

  • Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  • Biology
  • Dairy Science
  • Food Science
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Natural Resource Management 
  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Plant Science
  • Veterinary Microbiology
  • Veterinary Pathobiology

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • The application must include the application fee, all post-secondary transcripts, degree certificates, and other materials as required by specific programs before processing of the application will begin. 
  •  Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy degree, 60-credit plan, must have a Master’s degree. This degree must be awarded from an approved, accredited institution. In those cases where applicants do not have a Master’s degree, departmental requirements will apply, either requiring completion of a Master’s degree or permitting an individual to move directly into a doctoral program, 90-credit plan. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    647 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
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  • National

    336 USD/credit
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Living costs for Brookings

  • 1085 - 1890 USD/month
    Living Costs

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