This comprehensive program incorporates a unique curriculum that balances breadth and depth of study, covering the theoretical foundations of the biological and physical sciences as used in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of evidence. Through scholarly coursework and high-quality research, the program provides a strong foundation in science, as well as an understanding of the logic and workings of the legal system. It incorporates high quality instruction and advanced, hands-on training in forensic science techniques and crime laboratory methodologies.
Students study the application of biological, chemical, physical, and behavioral sciences to the processing, preservation, quality evaluation, public health aspects, and utilization of foods. For the M.S., there are four areas of specialization: chemistry-biochemistry, microbiology, processing, and sensory sciences. Individually designed programs are also accepted. For the Ph.D., there are three areas of emphasis: biochemistry/chemistry, microbiology/ fermentation, and sensory sciences.
The Avian Sciences Graduate Group aims to provide broad training in the underlying principles of the biology of Aves. The program offers specialized advanced work in several disciplinary areas, such as nutrition, physiology, reproduction, pathology, toxicology, immunology, food science, management, ecology, genetics, incubation, environmental physiology, and developmental biology of wild and domesticated animals. A variety of wild and domesticated birds are used as experimental animals, including psittacine, raptor, passerine, aquatic, and poultry species.
The Anthropology Program offers graduate study in two broad areas: evolutionary anthropology and sociocultural anthropology. Evolutionary anthropology includes specialties in archaeology, behavioral ecology of nonhuman primates, biological anthropology, evolution of primate and human behavior, human evolution, molecular anthropology, archaeological theory, hunter-gatherers, and North American prehistory.
Animal biology encompasses the discipline-based studies of domesticated and wild animals and animal management systems. Understanding of the multifaceted aspects of organismal biology is a critical context for interpretation of molecular, cellular, and behavioral observations. The program of study is individually tailored to meet student needs and includes a limited number of core courses to provide a foundational understanding of the animal as an integrated organism.
The Animal Behavior Graduate Group is targeted toward students who are interested in understanding the adaptive and evolutionary bases of animal behavior. Students are trained for teaching and research in a variety of disciplines, including animal science, anthropology, ecology, entomology, neurobiology, psychology, physiology, veterinary science, wildlife biology, and zoology. Students and faculty in the program conduct research using many different species—and many different perspectives.