Our interdisciplinary animal behavior program — one of the few in the world — encompasses many areas of study including, physiology, anatomy, psychology, and neuroscience and more. Our students have ready access to expertise in all of these fields because we are embedded in the School of Life Sciences — a broadly inclusive school, unlike programs at other institutions that are housed in only one department. While having a breadth of opportunity is an advantage, our program’s small scale also fosters collaboration and teamwork among students and faculty alike. Our sense of community is enhanced by a core set of small, intense seminars and methods classes that all of our students take together. And while we nurture this close community, we also take into account the diverse interests of our students. We build tailor-made curricula from the broad array of courses and expertise available at ASU. Our doctoral students are generally interested in finding academic jobs that are either research-oriented or teaching-oriented. With this PhD, there is also great potential for government work or jobs with conservation-oriented non-governmental organizations. If you want to create a unique and integrative research niche in your respective area of animal behavior, this program is ideal. You won't find a program like this one anywhere else. Animal Behavior (PhD) Faculty
In the biology and society concentration of the MS program in biology, students examine topics where biology intersects with society. The concentration tailors individual plans of study to individual needs and interests, with a solid grounding in the life and related sciences and with a rigorous analytical and interdisciplinary education. The program offers suggested courses for those wishing to focus on these areas: bioethics, policy and law; biology education research; ecology, economics and ethics of the environment; and history and philosophy of science. Bioethics, policy and law Students are trained in the pressing moral, policy and legal issues raised by the biosciences and biomedicine and in the disciplinary methods necessary to address these issues. Biology education research This focuses on using education research to identify ways to improve undergraduate biology education broadly. Ecology, economics and ethics of the environment This area trains students in the theory and empirical methods for understanding, analyzing and shaping policy for coupled human-natural systems. History and philosophy of science Students are trained in the conceptual foundations of science, especially the epistemological and methodological assumptions that shape science and its progress. You’ll have a wide range of research options to choose from including working on projects in cutting-edge centers: Center for Biodiversity Outcomes Center for Biology and Society Center for Biosocial Complex Systems Global Biosocial Complexity Initiative Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation Research for Inclusive STEM Education (RISE) Center This robust master’s program is one you’ll find only at ASU — led by award-winning and accomplished faculty in the fields of biology, philosophy and history of science, and bioethics. Our faculty are renowned for their excellence in research, teaching and mentoring and you’ll work alongside them on a variety of projects. Graduates of this research-oriented program have attractive career options. Some pursue professional degrees in fields such as law, medicine or education. Others enter doctoral programs including biology and society, history and philosophy of science, bioethics, science policy and life sciences. Careers at the intersection of life science and social endeavors, such as science writing or higher education administration are also exciting options. Biology (Biology and Society) Faculty
This concentration within the biology doctoral degree focuses on ways the life sciences shape and are shaped by society. In this interdisciplinary program, you’ll study the life sciences alongside economics, education research, ethics, history, law, philosophy, policy and their intersections. Distinctive among programs in history and philosophy of science, science studies, and bioethics, students and faculty in the biology and society program study and collaborate with colleagues across the School of Life Sciences. As a student in this program, you will be affiliated with the Center for Biology and Society and have unparalleled access to mentoring and research support. Only at ASU will you be working directly with our award-winning faculty members on innovative research initiatives at multiple centers, including: Center for Biodiversity Outcomes Center for Biology and Society Center for Biosocial Complex Systems Global Biosocial Complexity Initiative Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation Research for Inclusive STEM Education (RISE) Center While your studies will begin in Arizona, you may have opportunities to travel the world and participate in research funded by Fulbright, Smithsonian Institution, USAID Fellowships, and more. You may also be contributing to national, online resources such as the Embryo Project Encyclopedia and the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science. The program emphasizes the development of critical thinking and analytical skills. You can tailor your degree programs to meet your specific research interests, and at the same time, receive a solid foundation in the life sciences. Graduates often choose careers in higher education, research, administration, policy and science communication. Biology (Biology and Society) PhD Faculty
The PhD program in biology with a concentration in complex adaptive systems science trains the next generation of scientists in advanced concepts and methods needed for approaching diverse phenomena in the social and life sciences. The program is tightly integrated with diverse, ongoing university-wide research at Arizona State University on complex adaptive system science and emphasizes the value of a complex adaptive perspective to give students better insight and a more active role in seeking solutions to a broad array of critical issues facing society today. Students become fluent in the common language of complexity while also receiving a solid foundation in the domain knowledge of existing academic disciplines.
The ASU School of Life Sciences Master of Science in Biology is a flexible, research-intensive program designed to prepare you to be competitive in a changing job market. You'll receive hands-on training and craft an individualized study program focused specifically on your research interests. Do you have an adventurous spirit? This program is highly recommended for those who want to pursue a degree that encompasses a greater breadth of research or explore a career path that falls between traditional program boundaries. You'll develop foundational research skills, as well as design and complete your own research project. ASU has been named as one of the top 100 most powerful global universities for research and teaching. Our students receive unparalleled support from their mentors and advisory committees during their time in the program. Our master's in biology program will equip you with problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. You'll be prepared for a variety of careers including professional research positions in medical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields. Other career paths include teaching positions at high school and community college levels, further studies in a PhD program or medical school, or working in other industries in biological research and development. Biology Faculty
The ASU School of Life Sciences Master of Science in Biology, Coursework and Capstone option is a flexible program designed to prepare you to be competitive in a changing job market. You'll craft an individualized study program that samples from a wide diversity of courses taught by global experts, and then delve more deeply into your own area of interest by completing a capstone project. Do you have an adventurous spirit? This program is highly recommended for those who want broad training across the life sciences, and the opportunity to explore career paths that fall between traditional program boundaries. You'll learn about cutting-edge science across the full breadth of biology, and gain practice in analyzing, interpreting and presenting scientific results. ASU has been named as one of the top 100 most powerful global universities for research and teaching. During their time in the program, our MS students receive unparalleled access to top-tier scientists doing cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, and globally impactful research. Our master's in biology program will equip you with problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. You'll be prepared for a variety of careers including professional positions in medical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields. Other career paths include teaching positions at high school and community college levels, further studies in a PhD program or medical school, or working in other industries in biological research and development. Biology Faculty
The PhD program in biology offers individualized courses of study tailored to students interests that include laboratory, field and theoretical work. Flexibility in the program is achieved by requiring only one core class, which is a choice between two topics that cover the breadth of the research directions in this program. Electives are also as flexible as possible and include areas outside of biology. The major goal is to provide opportunities to create an adaptable and general degree program that allows both traditional and interdisciplinary approaches in any area of biology. Biology Faculty
Join in the transformation that new types and amounts of data are bringing to the life sciences. You can learn computational methods that complement traditional bench-based approaches, allowing you to arrive at novel insights, and you'll gain the knowledge and skills you'll need when applying computational techniques in life sciences research.
Scientists must go beyond publishing in journals if they want their research to be relevant to society. However, academic training rarely covers how to communicate with the press, the public, policymakers and other relevant stakeholders. This certificate program in environmental communication and leadership gives graduate students in environmental disciplines the important leadership and communication skills needed to increase their influence and reach above and beyond academia.
The environmental life sciences PhD program is a unique degree that trains students to solve complex environmental challenges and explore ecological questions in the context of natural and human-caused environmental change. Arizona State University is an innovative leader in interdisciplinary environmental research. Our faculty participate in novel, collaborative, academic units. In this program, you'll perform research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Participating faculty come from eight diverse academic units and each student will work with professors from at least two of these units. You will participate in field work at local, national, and international field sites, including NSF Central Arizona Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research site; NSF-NEON Santa Rita Experimental Range; NSF Jornada Basin Long-Term Ecological Research site; and sites in Australia and Namibia. Also, you'll have access to a wide variety of research laboratories and instruments, including facilities for microscopy, genome sequencing, mass spectrometry and chemical analyses. This program will prepare you for a range of careers related to global environmental change. Our graduates have secured positions as researchers in government laboratories, university professors and staff scientists in conservation organizations. You will participate in funded research projects that address some of the most difficult and pertinent environmental issues of our time. We will train you to take an integrative approach to studying today's environmental challenges so that you will be positioned as a leader in tackling future challenges in our changing world. Environmental Life Sciences (PhD) Program Faculty
Become a next-generation scientist and address challenges of the biosphere and human health.
In the history and philosophy of science PhD program, you’ll receive foundational training in philosophy, history and the study of science —all together in one, innovative degree. This program emphasizes interdisciplinary studies of the sciences and their conceptual structure, epistemology, history and impacts on society. You’ll be learning from the very best at ASU – award-winning faculty who are recognized locally, nationally and internationally for excellence in their fields. Our students can participate in an intensive summer school experience at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts as part of the ASU-MBL History of Biology Seminar. Or, you can help bring big data to bear on history and philosophy of science questions as part of the Digital Innovation Group. Applicants typically come from undergraduate programs that have included some philosophical, historical, or life science training, or with a master's degree in one of these fields. Our students have an outstanding record in national fellowship competitions including the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship program, USAID Fellowship Programs, and Ford Foundation Fellowships. Most of our graduates seek careers based in philosophical or historical analyses of the sciences including research and administrative careers in higher education, science communication and other areas related to the life sciences. History and Philosophy of Science (PhD) Faculty
The MS program in microbiology is designed to prepare students for careers in bacteriology, virology, mycology, immunology and oncology in academic institutions, government agencies or commercial entities. Students receive advanced training in the study of microbes and their impact on humankind, disease and the environment. They use tools ranging from nanotechnologies and genomics to mathematical models and satellite-based imagine. Students receive training in both teaching and basic, translational and use-inspired research with world-class faculty and collaborative research partners. Faculty members are associated with the School of Life Sciences, The Biodesign Institute, The Translational Genomics Institute, Barrow Neurological Institute, and other area hospitals and research centers. Microbiology Faculty
The microbiology graduate program offers a dynamic research environment, encompassing a broad range of base, translational, and use-inspired research areas, as well as cutting-edge transdisciplinary training. You will have many opportunities to work with world-class faculty and collaborative research partners committed to training scientific leaders with the necessary skills to address significant, global, microbiological research problems and challenges. This PhD program provides a unique environment in which to receive advanced training in the scientific study of microbes and their impact on humankind. We have a vibrant group of faculty, post-doctoral fellows and students interested in attaining a broad understanding of the biology of microbes and their influence on disease and the environment. We integrate many aspects of microbiology ranging from the molecular to global and planetary. We work with scientific tools ranging from nanotechnologies to genomics, and mathematic models to satellite-based imaging. We also draw on the expertise of microbiologists from diverse research areas — an asset only possible in a large research institution such as ASU. The Microbiology faculty conduct research in immunology and disease pathology, microbiome and virome analyses, vaccines and virotherapy approaches to enhance immunity, metabolic regulation and generation of biofuels, bioremediation and microbial ecology, and antimicrobials for treatment of disease. For this reason, we welcome graduate students with non-traditional backgrounds who may be able to transcend these diverse research areas. The program will prepare you for careers in research and teaching in universities and colleges, and specialized work in government agencies and industry. Microbiology Faculty
The MS program in molecular and cellular biology encourages interdisciplinary, innovative, world-class research. It allows students to choose from a diverse range of research and training opportunities that extend beyond the traditional boundaries of biological research. Graduates are prepared for successful careers in the biological sciences. Molecular and Cellular Biology (MS/PhD) Faculty
The molecular and cellular biology PhD program is focused on understanding the fundamental molecular events at the core of all life. In this interdisciplinary program, students will use state-of-the-art research approaches to address critical problems in modern biology. One of our program’s unique strengths is the expanse of affiliated faculty, departments and institutions. As a student in our program you can choose to participate in a wide breadth of research projects. And, you’ll have the flexibility to tailor the program to meet your specific professional goals. The program includes more than 100 faculty members who represent eight ASU schools and their affiliated research centers. Our community partners include Mayo Clinic, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Translational Genomics Research Institute, and the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. We foster a strong student community, as well as interdisciplinary collaborations through a weekly colloquium, annual student retreat and other student and faculty interactions. We are committed to your scientific training. As you develop critical thinking and communications skills, we’ll teach you how to become ethical, innovative researchers with the necessary skills for success in a rapidly changing research environment. Graduates of this program may find careers in biomedical academic research, government, education and biotechnology. Many of our graduates are leaders in their chosen area. This dynamic research and training program embraces the goals of the New American University(link is external) at ASU by breaking from traditional disciplinary constraints —allowing you to develop new knowledge that will help transform our world. Molecular and Cellular Biology (PhD) Faculty
Established in 2007, ASU's interdisciplinary neuroscience PhD program recognizes the health burdens that come with brain-related illness. To address these issues, we have set out to uncover fundamental questions about the relationship between the brain and human behavior. Our program emphasizes approaches that integrate several levels of analysis including molecular, cellular, systems, behavioral and cognitive. This allows you to investigate basic, translational and clinical questions about the relationship between the brain and behavior. When you join this program, you'll be uniquely positioned to benefit from the expertise of researchers who are working in high-level medical, educational and research-driven organizations. Unlike other neuroscience programs, at ASU you’ll be able to choose a mentor from four different institutions in the Phoenix metro area. You'll gain real-world experience by collaborating with researchers from ASU, Barrow Neurological Institute, Translational Genomics Research Institute and University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix to translate discovery into clinical practice. Research areas range from basic neuroscience mechanisms to human clinical trials. As our students investigate important brain-related health issues impacting individuals and their families, they remain intently focused on the goal of finding treatments and improving preventative health. Most graduates from this program seek an academic career in a teaching or research university or a science career with a biotech or pharmaceutical company. Neuroscience PhD Program Faculty Neuroscience PhD Students
Plant biologists are needed for critical research and conservation roles in several industries. This unique program has three areas of focus to help meet the demands of conserving plant resources in a rapidly changing world: plant sciences, quantitative skills and human dimensions.
The graduate certificate program in scientific teaching in higher education prepares graduate students with the skills and knowledge needed to implement and evaluate evidence-based teaching at the college level.