Graduate Programs in Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences is composed of more than 40 faculty members, 100 graduate students, and 140 postdoctoral fellows studying all levels of biology -- from cells to ecosystems -- in the state-of-the-art facilities in the Galvin Life Science Center.
Our departmental mission is to advance human and environmental health at the national and international level through excellence in education and research.


Start the Application Process Here

The application deadline for the fall term is December 1. Evaluation of applications by the admissions committee will commence at that time.


Department Programs & Requirements

The department offers programs that lead to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, with an emphasis on the latter. Both require original research and that students present a thesis or dissertation. Most students complete the master’s program in 2-3 years and the doctoral program in 4-5 years. Faculty members provide personalized mentoring that helps our students exceed expectations and go on to successful careers.


Available Areas of Study

You may pursue graduate study in any of the areas of scientific interest represented among the faculty. We encourage you to touch base with faculty members about research possibilities. You can even pursue environmental and global health research throughout the world.
Sample areas of study include:
   Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology
   Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics
   Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Science
   Neuroscience and Behavior
   Parasitology and Infectious Diseases
   Cancer Biology
   Microbial Pathogenesis
   Medical Entomology
   Forestry Genetics and Genomics.


Research Centers and Institutes

Many innovative interdisciplinary initiatives provide our students with unique training experiences:


Financial Support

All students receive generous annual stipends of $27,000 or more and full tuition remission. A number of fellowships and research grants are available as well:


Get to Know the South Bend Community

Located 45 minutes from the shores of Lake Michigan and only 90 miles from Chicago, South Bend offers the energy of city life with the convenience of an easy escape to more serene settings. The South Bend Regional Airport, a commuter train to Chicago, and a local bus system make the city very accessible, and the low cost of living and affordable housing enable you to pursue your research and education and still be a part of the community.
South Bend is a friendly city with access to many cultural and recreational activities. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy canoeing on the nearby St. Joseph River, rafting the East Race Waterway, and hiking the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Experience another type of wave at a Silver Hawks game, our local minor league baseball team, or at one of the University of Notre Dame’s athletic events. Our extensive intramural program gives you the chance to further participate in campus community life. Take in a show at one of South Bend’s excellent arts venues; the Morris Performing Arts Center is nestled among a number of cafes and restaurants in downtown South Bend, and Notre Dame’s own DeBartolo Performing Arts Center is located on campus.


Contact us for more information

Department of Biological Sciences
PO Box 369
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: (574) 631-6552