Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Zoology


Faculty members in the Department of Biology study everything from molecules to ecosystems. We offer degrees rooted in both basic and applied research. Our students work and study at sites within Colorado, across the U.S., and around the world. Our alums make us proud every day through their contributions to industry, academia, government, and K-12 education.

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  • This department offers programs on-campus only.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Zoology

Areas of Study

  • Aquatic and terrestrial ecology
  • Behavioral ecology
  • Cellular
  • Developmental biology
  • Environmental and applied biology
  • Ethology
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Genetics, microscopy, and systematics of invertebrates and vertebrates
  • Host-parasite relations
  • Neuroethology
  • Organismal
  • Population genetics and genomics
  • Physiological ecology
  • Physiology
  • Theory: Ecology and evolution

Next Steps


Coursework, credit requirements, and more information is available in the Colorado State University general catalog. Please contact your department representative with program-related questions.

Student Employment

Graduate students interested in employment positions (GTA, GRA, GSA appointments and hourly positions) should contact their advisor and their departmental graduate coordinator for the process to apply.

Financial Aid

Application Deadline Dates

Department Deadlines

  • Fall – January 1
  • Spring –¬†October 15