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BOTANY Criteria for Satisfactory Progress
To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School requirements in addition to the requirements of the department or program. See Graduate School degree requirements.
M.S. PH.D.
Overall GPA
Follow Graduate School policy
Overall GPA
Follow Graduate School policy
Other Grade Requirements
Follow Graduate School policy
Other Grade Requirements
Follow Graduate School policy
Probation Policy
Follow Graduate School policy
Probation Policy
Follow Graduate School policy
Specific Courses
Yes
Select one of four botany tracks. Each track has specific requirements. Two semesters of botany seminars. 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.
Specific Courses
Yes
Select one of four botany tracks. Each track has specific requirements. At least two semesters of seminars: one within the major area of study and one outside the major area of study. 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.
Specific Credits
Yes
A minimum of 50 credits in natural sciences (undergraduate and graduate courses combined) is required. A minimum of 16 credits of graduate-level credits, 6 of which must be in botany, must be completed on the UW-Madison campus. Seminars and research credits do not count toward the 6 credits in botany.
Specific Credits
Yes
A minimum of 50 credits in natural sciences (undergraduate- and graduate-level courses combined) is required. A minimum of 32 graduate-level credits, 6 of which must be in botany, must be completed on the UW-Madison campus. Seminars and research credits do not count toward the 6 credits in botany.
Examinations
No
Examinations / Time Constraints
Yes / Yes
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.
Other Assessments / Time Constraints
Yes / Yes
A written thesis or research report based on work conducted in a formal research course and a final exam is 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. The master's degree should be completed within two and one-half years of study.
Other Assessments / Time Constraints
Yes / Yes
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. 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. Contact the department for more information.
Language Requirements
No
Language Requirements
Yes
Two units of one foreign language (two semesters of college work or two years of high school) or the equivalent are required. Contact the department for options in fulfilling this requirement.
Minor Requirements
Yes
Option A: 10 credits from one department. Minor department signs the Minor Agreement.
Option B: Distributed between two or more departments. Botany chair signs the Minor Agreement.
Advisor
Yes
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.
Advisor
Yes
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.
Review Policy
Yes
Major professor
Ongoing
Review Policy
Yes
Committee
Annually