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BioSciences at Rice

Graduate Studies in the BioSciences

BioSciences faculty participate in one or more of three separate graduate programs, the Biochemistry & Cell Biology Graduate Program, the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program, and the Systems, Synthetic & Physical Biology Graduate Program. The BioSciences at Rice Ph.D. programs provide rigorous graduate training tailored to the scientific background, interests, and needs of each student. Our programs build a strong foundation in academics coupled with the development of critical thought and independence, to ensure competitive preparation for a future research career.


Most students complete their formal course work in the first year; degree requirements and details about the structure of the graduate programs can be found under the Graduate Studies menu at the left. Students wishing to pursue an academic career have the option to obtain experience in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.

Rice University seeks to attract to its faculty, staff, and student body qualified persons of diverse backgrounds. In accordance with this policy, Rice does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual preference, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or veteran status. University policy also includes affirmative action in seeking to recruit, hire, and advance women, minority group members, individuals with disabilities, Vietnam era veterans, and special disabled veterans.