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BOTANY Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress

To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress in addition to the requirements of the program.

Master’s Degrees:

M.S

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D.

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

30 credits

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

51 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

16 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

32 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of degree coursework (15 credits out of 30 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or higher and/or in botany courses numbered 300–699 that assess graduate students separately from undergraduate students; including Botany 300, 305, 330, 400, 402, 422, 455, 460, 474, 621, 651, 670 and 699.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of degree coursework (26 credits out of 51 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or higher and/or in botany courses numbered 300–699 that assess graduate students separately from undergraduate students; including Botany 300, 305, 330, 400, 402, 422, 455, 460, 474, 621, 651, 670 and 699.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

No credits from other institutions are allowed to count toward the minimum graduate degree credit requirement and the minimum graduate coursework requirement.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

No credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the minimum graduate degree credit requirement and the minimum graduate coursework requirement.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

No credits earned as a UW–Madison Special student are allowed to count toward the minimum graduate residence credit requirement, the minimum graduate degree credit requirement, or the minimum graduate coursework requirement.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

No credits from other institutions are allowed to count toward the minimum graduate degree credit requirement and the minimum graduate coursework requirement.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

No credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the minimum graduate degree credit requirement and the minimum graduate coursework requirement.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

No credits earned as a UW–Madison Special student are allowed to count toward the minimum graduate residence credit requirement, the minimum graduate degree credit requirement, or the minimum graduate coursework requirement.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

Select one of five botany M.S. tracks. Each track has specific course requirements. Two semesters of botany seminars.

A minimum of 50 credits in natural sciences (undergraduate and graduate program courses combined) is required. A minimum of 6 credits in graduate-level botany courses must be completed at UW–Madison. Seminars and research credits do not count toward the 6 credits in botany. Courses may be required to address deficiencies in the following: Genetics 466 or equivalent; Chem 103 and 104 or equivalent; Chem 341 or equivalent; a physics course including electricity and light; one semester of statistics; one semester of calculus. Contact the department for more information.

Program-Specific Courses Required

Select one of four botany Ph.D. tracks. Each track has specific course requirements. At least two semesters of seminars: one within the major area of study and one outside the major area of study.

A minimum of 50 credits in natural sciences (undergraduate and graduate program courses combined) is required. A minimum of 6 credits in graduate-level botany courses must be completed at UW–Madison. Seminars and research credits do not count toward the 6 credits in botany. Courses may be required to address deficiencies in the following: Genetics 466 or equivalent; Chem 103 and 104 or equivalent; Chem 341 or equivalent; a physics course including electricity and light; one semester of statistics; one semester of calculus. Contact the department for more information.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

All doctoral students are required to complete a minor.

Option A: 9 credits from one department. Minor department signs the minor agreement.

Option B: 9 credits distributed between two or more departments. Botany chair signs the minor agreement. 

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required

Other Grade Requirements

Students must earn a B or above in all track coursework.

Other Grade Requirements

Students must earn a B or above in all track coursework and maintain a 3.00 GPA in all minor coursework.

Probation Policy

The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School. 

Probation Policy

The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School. 

Advisor / Committee

A major professor must be chosen as soon as possible after beginning graduate study and in all cases by the end of the first year. A vice major professor is recommended.

Students meet with an advisory committee before their first semester and with their M.S. committee by the end of their first year to plan their coursework.

Students meet with their advisor on a regular basis to assess progress.

Advisor / Committee

A major professor must be chosen as soon as possible after beginning graduate study and in all cases by the end of the first year. A vice major professor is recommended.

Students meet with an advisory committee before their first semester and with their thesis committee by the end of their first year to plan their coursework.

Students are required to conduct a yearly progress report meeting with their thesis committee after passing the preliminary examination.

Assessments and Examinations

A written thesis or research report based on work conducted in a formal research course and a final oral exam are required of all students who expect to continue for the Ph.D. degree. All master’s theses must be deposited at Memorial Library.

Students who wish to terminate their graduate studies at the master’s level may submit a literature review instead of a thesis.

Assessments and Examinations

The preliminary examination should be taken by the end of the fourth semester in residence and must be taken by the end of the fifth semester. The preliminary exam includes a written research proposal, an oral presentation of the proposal to committee members, and an oral exam.

At least one semester of at least a 33% TA appointment is required.

During the final semester, candidates must present a department seminar on their dissertation research and complete a final oral exam. A written dissertation based on work conducted in a formal research course is required. All Ph.D. dissertations must be deposited at the Graduate School.

Time Constraints

The master’s degree should be completed within two and one-half years of study.

Time Constraints

The doctoral degree is typically completed in five to six years.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.

 

Language Requirements

Language requirements are determined on an individual basis with the major professor and will depend on the area concentration within the department.