Biological Sciences, Ph.D.

Biological Sciences, Ph.D.


The Ph.D. in Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences PhDThe study of biological sciences is integral to the betterment of mankind. With a more thorough understanding of the human processes and the organisms, ecosystems, plants and animals around us, development of medical and environmental technologies to improve the lives of people and the habitats of the world are possible.

When searching for a graduate program offering a Ph.D. in biology, look no further than Florida Tech. Offering four specializations including biotechnology, cell and molecular biology, ecology and marine biology, the university's location close to the Atlantic Ocean, Indian River Lagoon and other natural resources provide an ideal learning environment for studying biological sciences. Ecological issues facing the environment, molecular research to detect, prevent and cure disease, bioinformatics and cancer research – these are the type of issues students in the Ph.D. in biology program study and research.

World-Class Faculty

Guided by a faculty with extensive experience in the field, students earning a Ph.D. in biology at Florida Tech study in an intimate learning environment where class sizes are small and research is hands-on. Professors are involved in research, engaged in the field and participate in conferences around the world. With hundreds of published research papers, books and over 10,000 citations, professors at Florida Tech are nationally recognized researchers providing major contributions to the field of biology.

Hands-On Doctoral Program

Unlike other Ph.D. in biology graduate programs, Florida Tech's offers boundless opportunities for hands-on research in nearby natural laboratories. Florida Tech is surrounded by a vast array of ecosystems that offer students to pursue their research in living laboratories. Combined with the university's high tech biological facilities, Ph.D. in biology students develop subject matter expertise and research methods they will use in their career.

Research Opportunities

As a national research university, Florida Tech is dedicated to providing the tools and skills necessary for students to conduct cutting-edge research. With a goal to develop graduates who become leaders in their field, the Biological Sciences department considers research experience and methodologies a core educational foundation, particularly for individuals seeking a Ph.D. in biology. Students work closely with professors to identify research topics that match their particular interests – something not all graduate programs offer. Degree candidates are encouraged to engage in studies that make a contribution at the local, regional, state, or national level on relevant issues in biology including such topics as sustainability, coastal management, bacterial genetics, climate change, detecting and curing diseases, pharmaceutical development, restoration of ecosystems and more.

High-Tech Laboratory Facilities

Students in the Ph.D. in biology program have access to state-of-the-art facilities in the F. W. Olin Physical Sciences Center (and Instrumentation Center) and the F.W. Olin Life Sciences Building. These facilities offer cutting-edge laboratories and instrumentation as well as laboratories for photochemistry and computation chemistry. The Harris Center for Science and Engineering serves the research needs of an aquaculture and fish biology program. Other facilities Ph.D. in biology students might find unique to Florida Tech are:

  • Vero Beach Marine Laboratory - An off-campus facility on the Atlantic Ocean providing ready-access to field sites. It also houses a two-story laboratory equipped with seawater tables and flow-through seawater for research on aquaculture, ecology and toxicology of marine animals.
  • Center for High Resolution Microscopy and Imaging - Light and fluorescence microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy and X-ray microanalysis of natural and artificial materials.


Career opportunities for students in the Ph.D. in biology program can be very diverse with jobs available in environmental protection, conservation, wildlife management, cancer research, wetland science, diagnostics, nanotechnology, genomics, Alzheimer's disease, tissue engineering, and so much more. Biologists work in consulting and engineering firms, research centers, nature centers, state parks, federal agencies, health systems and academia. Florida Tech graduates have secured positions with research and technology companies including OSD Innovations, Max-Planck Institute, Biogen Idec, Genetics Associates, Moffitt Cancer Center and others.