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DEPARTMENT OF ZOOLOGY
GRADUATE HANDBOOK

I. General Requirements for All Entering Graduate Students

A. All graduate students (M.S., M.S.T, Ph.D.) must be admitted by the Graduate Committee. All
entering graduate students are expected to have training in biology, physical sciences, and
mathematics sufficient to support graduate-level course work and research. The minimum
requirements that must be met before the end of any degree include courses in at least 3 of
the following 5 areas (Genetics; Physiology; Ecology or Behavior; Evolution or Morphology;
and Cell Biology or Development). Also, 1 year of physical sciences or mathematics is
required. Each applicant's course work and research experience will be evaluated in light of
the interests and plans described by the applicant in his/her Research Statement. This
evaluation is a major part of the admissions decision process.

B. The letter of offer will state the type of program to which the student has been admitted, Ph.D.,
M.S. only,M.S.T., or M.S. Ph.D..


C. All entering students are expected to take the Graduate Orientation Seminar and Integrative
Principles (Part I the first term and Part II the second term) during their first year. With the
exception of these courses, there are no department-wide specific course requirements for the
M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Zoology. Each graduate student will follow an individual program of
courses and requirements developed in consultation with his/her major professor and
supervisory committee.

D. All students in the program at the present time or entering the program will be expected to
adhere to the deadlines stated below.

II. Entrance

A. All entering graduate students meet with their major professor or the Graduate Coordinator (or
designee) before their initial registration. At this time, an initial list of courses will be
recommended to make up deficiencies or to enhance the graduate training of the specific
student. This list will be completed at the time of the first committee meeting and will be
transmitted by letter to the graduate committee and placed in the student's file.

B. In the case of students who fail to clear up Zoology deficiencies by the end of the second year,
the Graduate Committee, in consultation with the student's Supervisory Committee, will
determine if the student is to continue in the graduate program, and if so, under what conditions.

III. Degree Requirements

The requirements listed below are a combination of Graduate School requirements and
Department of Zoology policies. Consult the most recent Graduate Catalog for a more
complete view of Graduate School regulations. In all cases, time lines are given from the date
on which the student first registered as a Zoology graduate student (i.e., from the time of entry
into the program).

A. M.S. Degree Thesis option

1. Residence

None


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2. Minimum Course Requirements


30 graduate credits (courses numbered 5000 and above, see Minor) total; 24 credits
in regular course work (i.e., non-ZOO 6971) of which 12 credits are in the major
department. No more than 6 credits of ZOO 6971 (Masters Research) may be
counted toward the total 30 credits. Remedial English courses (ENS 4449, 4450,
5501, 5502, 5503) do not count toward graduation.

3. Minor

If a minor is chosen, at least 6 credits must be taken in the minor department, and
approved courses numbered 3000 and above may be taken and counted toward the
total graduate credits. A representative of the department in which a minor is taken
must be a member of the Supervisory Committee.

4. Grades

Students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0.

5. Final Semester Registration

A student must register for a minimum of 3 credits in the semester in which he/she
graduates. However, if you have completed all the requirements for graduation by
the first day of classes of the semester in which you will graduate you do not have to
register in that semester. You still must apply for a degree.

6. Supervisory Committee

The student must choose a Supervisory Committee, subject to approval by the
Graduate Committee, by the end of the second semester of M.S. work. At least
three members of the graduate faculty (at least 2 from Zoology) make up an M.S.
Supervisory Committee. One member must be from the department of the minor if a
minor is chosen. See section IV for further information on the composition and
responsibility of the supervisory committee.

7. Thesis

Prepare and present a thesis acceptable to the supervisory committee.

8. Foreign Language Requirement

None

9. Final Comprehensive Oral Examination

The student may be examined on (a) the thesis, (b) major subjects, (c) minor or
minors, (d) matters of general nature pertaining to zoology. All members of the
student's committee must be present at the final examination. The Supervisory
Committee may choose to give a written examination as well.

10. Teaching Requirement

One semester

11. "1" Grades


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The student must remove all grades of "I" before receiving his/her degree.


12. Thesis Copies

One copy of the thesis must be deposited in the departmental library (see Graduate
School for regulations regarding deposition of thesis in the University Library).

13. Time Limit

An M.S. student is expected to complete his/her degree within 3 years of being
admitted to the program. An M.S. student can expect 3 years of support. Under
exceptional circumstances a student and his/her major professor may petition the
Graduate Committee for an extension of this deadline, but under no circumstances
can this deadline be extended beyond 5 years.

14. Change from Thesis to Non-thesis Option

A student who wishes to change from thesis to M.S.T. or nonthesis option for the
master's degree must obtain permission from his/her Supervisory Committee and from
the Graduate Committee. This permission must be forwarded to the Graduate School
at least one full semester prior to the intended date of graduation. The candidate must
meet all requirements of the nonthesis option as specified above. A maximum of 3
credits earned in ZOO 6971 (Master's Research) can be counted toward the degree
requirements only if converted to credit as Individual Work (ZOO 6905).


B. M.S.T. Degree and nonthesis M.S. Degree
1. Residence

None

2. Minimum Course Requirements

32 graduate credits (courses numbered 5000 and above, see Minor) in courses
giving regular grades (not S/U graded courses); 16 in the Zoology Department at the
5000 level or above. No credits in ZOO 6971 or ZOO 7980 are applicable. For
M.S.T., 36 graduate credits are required, 18 in Zoology, 5000 level or above.
Remedial English courses (ENS 4449, 4450, 5501, 5502,5503) do NOT count
toward graduation.

3. Minor

If a minor is chosen, at least 6 credits must be taken in the minor department and
approved courses numbered 3000 and above may be taken and counted toward the
total graduate credits. A representative of the department in which the minor is
taken must be a member of the Supervisory Committee.

4. Grades

Students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0.

5. Final Semester Registration

Students who are registered and who have completed all requirements for a
graduate degree after the deadline, but before the beginning of classes of the next


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term, may receive the degree in the next term without registering. The student must
apply for the degree by the specified deadline (see Graduate School Deadlines).

6. Supervisory Committee

See III, A, 6.

7. Foreign Language Requirement

None

8. Comprehensive Examination

Students must pass a final comprehensive oral examination, covering Zoology and
the minor(s). All members of the student's committee must be present at the final
oral exam. The student's committee may choose to pose written questions in
addition to oral questions.

9. Teaching Requirement

One semester. For M.S.T., 6 credits in ZOO 6943 (Internship in College Teaching)
are required. This can be either 3 two-hour labs, one in each of 3 semesters or 2
three-hour labs. Three years of successful teaching experience may be substituted
for the internship requirement, and credits thus made available may be used for
further work in the major, the minor, or in education.

10. Other Courses Required for M.S.T. Only

One course is required from the following 3 areas: college curriculum, psychological
foundations of education, and sociological foundations of education. See Graduate
Coordinator for list of acceptable courses.

11. "1" Grades

The student must remove all grades of "I" before receiving the degree.

12. Time Limit

All requirements must be completed within 3 years from entry into the program.
Under exceptional circumstances a student and his/her major professor may petition
the Graduate Committee for an extension of this deadline, but under no
circumstances can this deadline be extended beyond 5 years.

13. Switching to a MS in Zoology

Students cannot switch from a M.S.T. program to an M.S. in Zoology. An M.S.T.
student wishing to obtain a M.S. in Zoology must apply to the M.S. program following
the typical procedures and deadlines.


C. Procedure for Entering the Ph.D. Program

1. Students with an M.S. Degree.


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a) A student with an M.S. degree from outside the Department of Zoology at the
University of Florida will apply as a new student to the program as described in
Section I above.

b) A University of Florida Zoology student who receives an M.S.T. degree, a
nonthesis M.S. degree, or who was admitted for an M.S. only and who wishes to
enter the Ph.D. program, must apply as a new student to the program as described
in Section I above.

c) A student who obtains an thesis M.S. degree (and who was admitted for a M.S.-
Ph.D. program) from the University of Florida Zoology Department and who wishes to
enter the Ph.D. program must do 2 things in the semester in which his/her M.S.
defense exam is held: (a) she/he must write a letter of intent to the Graduate
Committee declaring his/her intention to enter the Ph.D. program; (b) she/he must
request that 3 letters of recommendation be sent to the Graduate Committee. These
letters must be written by three different faculty members and must include the M.S.
chairperson, the Ph.D. chairperson, and a third faculty member who knows the
student's work. Deadlines for receipt of these letters are 1 month prior to the end of
Fall semester and 1 month prior to the end of Spring. Written approval by the
Graduate Committee is required for continuation in the program and must be received
before the end of early registration for the following term.

2. M.S. Bypass

Students in the M.S. program in Zoology may apply for a bypass of the M.S. and for
admission into the Ph.D. program by demonstrating exceptional research promise
(e.g., as documented through scholarship such as a reviewed publication from
research conducted since entering the program). The M.S. Bypass will be granted
only when the student will be continuing and extending research that she/he
previously conducted (i.e., a bypass is not appropriate for a new Ph.D. project). An
M.S. Bypass request is made to the Graduate Committee within 3 years of entering
the program. The request consists of 3 parts: (a) a letter of intent to the Graduate
Committee including a copy of the scholarship demonstrating research ability; (b) a
detailed research plan for the Ph.D.; and (c) 3 letters of evaluation from 3 different
faculty members. These must include the M.S. chairperson, the Ph.D. chairperson,
and 1 or 2 other faculty members who know the student's work. Deadlines for
receipt of these materials are 1 month prior to the end of the Fall semester and 1
month prior to the end of the Spring semester. Written approval of the Bypass
request by the Graduate Committee is required for continuation in the program and
must be received before the end of registration for the following term. Time limits as
described below for the Ph.D. degree will begin with the semester following this
approval. A maximum of 6 credits earned under ZOO 6971 can be used to fulfill the
90 credit-hour Ph.D. requirement.

D. Ph.D. Degree

1. Residence

The policy states: "Beyond the first 30 hours counted toward the doctoral degree,
student must complete 30 hours in residence at the University of Florida campus or
at an approved branch station of the University of Florida Agricultural Experiment
Stations or the Graduate Engineering and Research Center".

2. Course Requirements


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Minimum requirement is 90 semester hours (5000 level or above in Zoology, 3000
level or above outside the department). Those having an M.S. in Zoology will
automatically receive 30-semester hours credit towards the 90 hour total. If more
than 30 credit hours are earned while obtaining an M.S. in Zoology at the University
of Florida, all will count toward the 90 credit hours required for the Ph.D. Remedial
English courses (ENS 4449, 4450, 5501,5502,5503) do not count toward graduation.

3. Minor

If a minor is chosen, 12-24 credits should be taken in the minor department; if two
minors are chosen then at least 12 credits should be taken in each. At least 12
credits for each minor must be in courses numbered 5000 or above.

4. Grades

Students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0.

5. Final Semester Registration

Students who are registered and who have completed all requirements for a
graduate degree after the deadline, but before the beginning of classes of the next
term, may receive the degree in the next term without registration. The student must
apply for the degree by the specified deadline (see Graduate School Deadlines).

6. Supervisory Committee

The student must choose a Supervisory Committee, subject to approval by the
Graduate Committee, by the end of the second semester of Ph.D. work. The
Supervisory Committee consists of 5 or more members of the Graduate Faculty, at
least 3 from Zoology and 1 from another department. The chairperson and 2 other
members must be from the Department of Zoology and have graduate faculty status.
One member must be from each department the student has designated as a minor.
The Graduate Committee must approve of the Supervisory Committee. (Please
note: an outside member is not outside the University of Florida. An outside
member resides within the University of Florida but outside the Department of
Zoology). See section IV for further information on the composition and
responsibility of the supervisory committee.

7. Foreign Language Requirement

None

8. Admission to Candidacy

A graduate student does not become an actual candidate for the Ph.D. until granted
formal admission to candidacy. Admission requires the following: (a) the student
has successfully completed all courses required upon entry into the program; (b) all
"I" grades must be removed before applying for candidacy; (c) the student has
formed a Supervisory Committee; (d) the student successfully completes the
qualifying exam; (e) the student submits a detailed research plan to his/her
Supervisory Committee and has it approved by the full Committee.

Admission to candidacy requires approval by the student's major professor, the
Supervisory Committee, the departmental Chairperson, the Graduate Committee, the
Dean of CLAS and the Dean of the Graduate School. Application for admission to
candidacy (handled by the Departmental Graduate Program Assistant) should be


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made as soon as the qualifying exam is passed and the major professor, Supervisory
Committee, and Graduate Committee have approved the dissertation proposal.

The student may not take ZOO 7980 (doctoral research) until the semester in which
the qualifying exam is scheduled. ZOO 7979 is the proper research course to take
before the semester in which the qualifying exam is scheduled.


9. Qualifying Examination
a. The qualifying exam consists of both a written and an oral part conducted by the
Supervisory Committee. The exam will cover the major and minor subjects as well
as more general questions related to biology. Any member of the faculty may attend
these exams. The qualifying exam must be taken before the end of the second
academic year after entering the program. Under exceptional circumstances a
student and his/her major professor may petition the Graduate Committee for an
extension of this deadline. There must be at least 2 semesters between the
qualifying exam and the final exam.

b. Qualifying exams are valid for 5 years. There must be at least two semesters
between a retaken qualifying exam and the final exam.

c. Failure of Qualifying Exam. If the student fails the qualifying exam, he/she will not
be given a reexamination unless it is recommended by his/her Supervisory
Committee and approved by the Graduate School. The reexamination must be
taken and passed within 1 calendar year of the original examination.

d. Substitutions at Qualifying and Final Examinations. If 1 supervisory committee
member cannot be present at the student's qualifying exam or final defense, a
faculty member with appropriate graduate faculty status in the same academic area
may substitute for the absent committee member. The substitute should sign the
qualifying or final examination form. In addition, the student's major chairperson
must indicate on the form (or by an accompanying memorandum) the reason for the
missing member's absence and that the missing committee member has agreed to
the substitution at the qualifying or final examination. The substitute committee
member will not sign the signature page of the thesis or dissertation. The original
committee member should sign. No substitutions may be made for the committee
chairman or the outside member of a student's committee.

10. Research Proposal

The student's major professor and full supervisory committee must approve a
detailed proposal of the student's research within a semester of passing the
qualifying exam. The student will not be admitted to candidacy until the approval
has been made.

11. Teaching Requirement

Two semesters.

12. Final Examination Notification

Notice of final examination and defense of dissertation must be given to the Dean of
the Graduate School and the department 2 weeks in advance.

13. Presentation of a Departmental Seminar


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Ph.D. candidates are required to present a seminar to the department on their
research 2 weeks before defending their dissertation and within the semester in
which they complete their degree. If the candidate cannot meet this time frame, they
can petition the Graduate Committee.

14. "1" Grades

The student must remove all grades of "I" before receiving the degree.

15. Oral Examination

After completion of the dissertation and all other prescribed work for the degree, the
candidate is given a final examination, which includes the defense of the
dissertation. The student will examined on the dissertation by all members of the
student's committee. When necessary, one faculty substitute may stand in for a
member who is not the committee chair or the external member.

16. Dissertation Copies

One copy of the dissertation must be deposited in the departmental library (see
Graduate School for regulations regarding deposition of dissertation in the University).

17. Time Limits

All requirements for the Ph.D. must be completed within 7 years after entry into the
program or 5 years from the date of the Qualifying Exam (whichever is greater; or 4
years from the date of a reexamination for the Qualifying Exam). A Ph.D. student
can expect 5 years of support from the Department after entry into the Ph.D.
program. Under exceptional circumstances a student and his/her major professor
may petition the Graduate Committee for an extension of this deadline.

IV. Supervisory Committee

A. Selection of the Supervisory Committee:

The membership of the Supervisory Committee is outlined under Degree Requirements.
Consult the Graduate Coordinator for the proper procedures in the selection of your
committee. Committee membership, including the chairperson, can be changed with approval
of the Graduate Committee. Also, individuals outside the University of Florida can be
appointed to a committee, but the Graduate School must approve such membership (and the
Department bears no responsibility for paying for attendance at meetings and exams).

B. Responsibilities:

The Graduate Coordinator will approve graduate student programs until such time as a
Supervisory Committee has been appointed. After that time the Supervisory Committee will:

1. Approve the degree route to be taken by the student,

2. Inform students of regulations governing the degree sought,

3. Approve the program of the Graduate Student, which includes assigning courses and
readings to ensure the satisfactory preparation of the student in zoology, biology, and
related areas, and making any other assignments the committee deems necessary,


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4. Monitor the performance of the graduate student in the course work and recommend to
the Graduate Committee appropriate actions if the student's grade point average falls
below a 3.0, resulting in academic probation,

5. Meet to discuss and approve the proposed thesis or dissertation project and the plans
for carrying out this project,

6. Monitor research progress and meet when appropriate to review procedures, progress,
and unexpected results, and to make suggestions for completion. The committee is
expected to meet as least annually to evaluate the student's progress and must meet at
least once every two years. Following the meeting a memo outlining progress and
recommendations must be submitted to the Graduate Committee. If the committee
does not meet in a particular year it is required that the student take their Annual
Progress Report describing their progress during the year and meet individually with all
committee members. The report should be signed by all committee members and
placed into the student's file.

7. Participate in appropriate examinations (qualifying and final),

8. Read and approve the thesis or dissertation,

9. Many of the above may be done during each student's Annual Review.

V. Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships are offered to graduate students to attract individuals who have
demonstrated professional promise and to provide training in teaching at the college level
Because departmental assistantship funds are limited, students can expect funding only if
satisfactory progress is made at an appropriate rate. The M.S. degree should be completed
within 3 years of admission to the M.S. degree program and the Ph.D. degree within 5 years of
admission to the Ph.D. degree program. Students by-passing the M.S. degree should earn the
Ph.D. degree within 7 years of admission to the graduate program. Students who obtain a M.S.
degree in this department and then go on to obtain a Ph.D. here should complete the Ph.D.
within 8 years of their initial admission to the graduate program. Students not finishing within
these time limits will be considered for further departmental funding only after submitting to the
Graduate Committee a written appeal that explains in detail the reasons for non-completion. In
reviewing appeals, the Graduate Committee will be favorably influenced by valid reasons for
delays, e.g., heavier than normal teaching assignments or course loads, and interruptions in
graduate study caused by circumstances beyond the student's control. An appeal, which must
be cosigned by the supervisory committee chairman and submitted before the end of the
preceding term, is required for each extra term of support sought.
Candidates for the Ph.D. degree are required to complete a minimum of 2 semesters of
supervised teaching or assisting in courses offered in Zoology or in Biological Sciences. M.S.
candidates are required to complete 1 semester of teaching or assisting.


A. Teaching Assistantships:

1. Regularly appointed teaching assistants are given first priority, provided that they are
making satisfactory academic progress and their work as an assistant has been
satisfactory. Satisfactory academic progress include; timely progression toward the
relevant degree (as defined above), and a minimum grade point average of 3.0
(research, problem, or thesis courses will not be counted in computing this average.


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2. The instructor will evaluate the quality of teaching by TA's each term in writing. The
evaluation will be shown to the student, who has the option of answering any
criticisms in writing to the Graduate Committee.

3. Each student's academic progress and work as a teaching assistant will be
evaluated during the Annual Review (see Section VII).

B. Research Assistantships and Fellowships

The above guidelines shall apply to applicants for research assistantships and
fellowships.

C. Registration

Students holding assistantships must register for a minimum number of credits.
Students must register for 9 credits during the fall and spring terms. Please note that 9
credits are required whether the student holds a 1/3 time or time assistantship.
Summer terms vary depending on the TAship. If you are teaching for either summer A
or summer B terms then you must register for 3 credits. If you are teaching summer C
term of both summer A and summer B term you must register for 6 credits. This holds
true for RAships also. Persons on fellowships must register for a minimum of 12 credits
(max. 18) during fall and spring terms and 8 credits during summer term or the required
amount stipulated by the granting agency.

D. In-State and Out-of-State Tuition Waivers:

For information concerning tuition waivers see the Administrative Program Assistant.

VI. Office Space

The Department will make every effort to provide every active graduate student with
office space, including desk, chair, and bookshelf space. Providing additional space for
research is normally the responsibility of the major advisor. When demand for office
space exceeds its supply, a priority system will be used for allocation. If a student
intends to be in the field for more than 1 semester, please notify the Graduate
Coordinator. The student may temporarily lose his/her office space while gone. The
student should make arrangements to clear his/her personal items from the office.
When returning, please notify the Graduate Coordinator so that office space may be
reallocated. Office space will be allocated according to the following priorities: Highest
priority students with teaching or research assistantships or fellowships, on campus
students in good standing (except for M.S.T. students); Second priority: students in
good standing and off campus for 1 full semester only (not the summer), M.S.T.
students; Third priority: Students who have exceeded the time limits for funding; Fourth
priority: students off campus for 1 full academic year or more, and Lowest priority:
students with full-time local or regional jobs lasting 1 semester or more and who are no
longer registered.


Vll. Annual Progress Report

Each year, each graduate student and his/her major professor will complete a Annual Progress
Report. These reports will be examined by the Graduate Committee and used (along with other
data as appropriate, and in consultation with the student and his/her supervisory committee) in
making decisions on the allocation of teaching/research assistantships and space, and on the
student's continuation in the graduate program.


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VIII. Registration for 5000 Level Courses


Graduate credit is awarded for courses numbered 5000 and above. The work in the major field
must be in courses numbered 5000 or above. For work outside the major, courses numbered
3000 or above, not to exceed 6 credits, may be taken provided they are part of an approved
plan of study.

VI. Registration for 6900 Courses

ZOO 6905 is to be used when a graduate student has a particular problem that he/she wants to
work on under a particular professor and only after he/she has sufficient background to carry on
the work effectively. The maximum registration in 6900 courses for degree credit from any
department are as follows; 6910 Supervised Research: 5 credits, 6940 Supervised Teaching:
5 credits, and 6943 Internship in College Teaching: 6 credits. Different maxima are allowed for
the following courses in each department (i.e., you may register for 9 credits of 6905 in Zoology,
and another 9 credits in Botany, Wildlife, etc.); 12 credits of 6905 Individual Studies, 15 credits
in 6927 Special Topics, and 9 credits in 6939 Seminar in. The maximum for these 3 courses
applies to credits to be counted toward your degree. You can register for excess credits of
6905, 6927, and 6939 to meet minimum registration requirements for retaining financial aid or
an assistantship, but they will not count toward your degree.
Totals for all 6 of these courses are for your entire stay at the University of Florida; thus
if you use up 12 credits for ZOO 6905 in your Masters program, additional hours of ZOO 6905
will not count for course credit for your Ph.D.

X. S/U Grades

Graduate students may not register for any course to be graded S/U, with the following
exceptions: 1) Courses specifically designated in the Graduate Catalog as S/U courses (e.g.,
research, supervised teaching), 2) All 1000 and 2000 level courses, since these will not count
toward degree requirements, and 3) Foreign language courses provided permission is obtained
beforehand from your major advisor and from the course instructor. This does not apply to
language courses that are part of a declared minor; those must still be graded A, B, C, D, E.

XI. Transfer of Credits from Previous Graduate Work

A. M.S. Program: A student who has taken previous graduate work may petition the Graduate
School, with the approval of his/her Supervisory Committee and the Graduate Coordinator, to
transfer up to 6 semester hours of work in which a grade of B or better has been achieved.
This request must be made during the student's first semester in Graduate School.

B. Ph.D. Program: A student who has taken previous graduate work short of obtaining an M.S.
degree may petition during his/her first semester in our graduate program to have credit
transferred. The supervisory committee will recommend to the Dean of the Graduate School
the number of credits appropriate for transfer. A student with an M.S. degree in Zoology will
automatically receive 30 semester hours of credit applied to the total of 90 semester hours
required. The Supervisory Committee may petition the Graduate School to transfer up to 30
credit hours for an M.S. degree earned in a related field. Post-M.S. graduate work may be
transferred by petition to the Graduate School, with the approval of the Supervisory Committee
and Graduate Coordinator, during the student's first semester in our graduate program. If
more than 30 semester hours are earned while obtaining an M.S. in Zoology at the University
of Florida, all will be counted against the 90 hours required for the Ph.D.

XII. Exceptions to the Rules, Regulations, and Requirements


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All exceptions to departmental requirements require the approval of the Graduate Committee.
All exceptions to the regulations of the Graduate School require the approval of the Dean of the
Graduate School. Petitions in writing may be addressed to the appropriate body with the
approval of the student's major professor, Supervisory Committee, and the Graduate
Coordinator.

XIII. Notification and Appeal Process

Each year all students will receive a notification of their current standing in the department and
a statement of deadlines that they are expected to meet, as outlined in this handbook. Any
requests for extensions of deadlines should be presented in writing to the Graduate Committee
before the next term (November 1st for the fall or March 1st for the spring and summer).

Students can appeal any ruling made by the Graduate Committee of the Department of
Zoology. Appeal processes involve 2 stages. First, after providing additional information to
support his/her case, students will appeal to the Graduate Committee for reconsideration.
Second, if a consensus between the Graduate Committee and the student is not reached at this
stage, the student can appeal to the Executive Committee of the Department.


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