Graduate Students

Curricular requirements for PhD program

  • At least 15 hours of course credit
  • Dissertation research hours
  • BASC 7000 (1) Methods of instruction in college life science laboratories
  • BIOL 7921 (2) One entry research seminar (second year) and one exit (defense) seminar
  • BIOL 7901/BIOL 7902 (4) Topic-oriented seminars
  • Qualifying exam at end of first year (with committee consisting of major advisor and at least two members of the graduate faculty)
  • General exam not later than end of third year (Dean's Representative appointed by the Graduate School to be added to committee). Form Request for General Exam (link opens PDF document)
  • Teach at least one semester in the undergraduate program
  • Defense/final exam – with at least one first author publication. Forms Request for Final Exam and Application for Degree (links open PDF documents)

Career planning

An individual development plan (IDP) is an excellent tool to explore career possibilities and set individual career goals.



Forms from LSU Graduate School

Guidelines for preparation of Doctoral Dissertation

Biological Sciences Graduate Program