Frequently Asked Questions


General questions about admissions can be answered on the Graduate School site.

  • How do I apply to the Biological Sciences Program and select a Concentration Area?
  • When is the deadline for applications?
  • Do I need  a Master’s degree to be considered?
  • Does the Biological Sciences program offer a Master's degree?
  • Is the GRE subject test in Biology required?
  • What are the minimum GRE scores required for admission? 
  • What are the minimum scores required for the TOEFL or IELTS exams?
  • Do all admitted students receive financial support?
  • How do I apply for a fellowship?
  •  Should I contact faculty members whose research areas interest me and whose labs I might like to join?
  • Does the Biological Sciences program interview applicants or sponsor visits to campus?
  • When will BISI admissions decisions be announced?
  • How do I check the status of my application?
  • Where do I send my transcripts?


  • How long are the rotations?
  • Do I have to do 3 rotations?
  • Are rotations available to BEES students?
  • How do I choose a rotation lab?
  • What should I expect to do during rotations?
  • What if I'd like to rotate off campus?


  • How do I register and when is registration?   
  • I am a first year student, when do I register?  
  • What courses do I need to take?  
  • Do I need to be enrolled full time?  
  • Are there special requirements for international students?   
  • How do I register early if I need proof of registration for my I-20 or visa?    
  • Which research course should I take?  
  • What section of BISI 898 do I need to take?  
  • How do I register for BISI 899?  
  • How do I know if the Registrar has enrolled me in BISI 899?  
  • What are the deadlines for registration, drop/add, and withdrawal?  
  • What happens if I forget to register?  
  • What do I do if there is a hold on my account and I cannot register?  
  • Do I have to register in the summer or winter terms?  

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