CNS EEB Ecology Evolution and Behavior Graduate Program
Prospective Students 


Faculty and graduate students in the Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (EEB)work on a broad range of research subjects ranging from molecular evolution to ecosystem organization.  Approaches to this research include fieldwork, laboratory experimentation, genomic analyses and mathematical modeling. Students sitting on the lawn. Photo: Katherine Reynolds We enjoy state-of-the-art research facilities at The University of Texas at  Austin, as well as rich cultural life and exciting recreation opportunities in Austin.

In a US News and World Report called America's Best Graduate Schools: 2010 Edition, the EEB graduate program was ranked #6 for programs in Ecology / Evolutionary Biology.  If you are considering applying, please take the time to become familiar with the faculty and facilities described on our web site. Successful applicants generally contact one or more faculty members before they apply to find an appropriate sponsor.

Many applicants also visit us during the winter or spring in order to meet faculty and students, and to see the University and the City of Austin.  Please contact us if you are thinking of a visit so that we can help you make the most of it. We are pleased that you are interested in our program, and encourage you to apply.

EEB Ph.D. Course Requirements

EEB students are required to take:

  • BIO 384C and 384D: Introduction to EEB (a grade of B or above is required for receiving credit)
  • BIO 398T: Supervised Teaching in the Biological Sciences
  • At least seven other courses, at least four lecture courses and at least two seminars. At least two of the lecture courses should be outside of EEB or Biology.
  • BIO 399R and W (dissertation hours): These courses are taken after the student advances to candidacy. The "R" course is taken one time only, after which the student takes 399W each semester until graduation.

Please contact us if we can answer questions or be of any other help.


Star Coral found in the Mediterranean Sea. Photo: Bill Allen Coney (Epinephelus fulva) grouper. Photo: Bill Allen DNA microarray. Photo: Z. Jeffrey Chen Butterfly (Psiguria Heliconius). Photo: Roxi Steele Water lily. Photo: Shutterstock images Red eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas). Photo: Luis Bonachea