Several special graduate programs combine faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences with researchers and faculty outside the Department. The systematics and evolution program offers a unique graduate curriculum devoted to the methodologies and theories of comparative biology and the understanding of biological diversity. An agreement with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History allows curators to co-advise students and facilitates access to the collections and facilities of one of the world's great natural history museums.
Institute for Biomedical Sciences
The Institute for Biomedical Sciences contains three interdepartmental programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree. The areas of concentration are: Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Molecular Medicine, and Microbiology and Immunology. These programs include faculty from this department, medical school departments, the National Institutes of Health, and Children's National Medical Center.
Environmental and Resource Policy Program
The Environmental and Resource Policy Program is an interdisciplinary program leading to the degree of Master of Arts in the field of public policy with a concentration in environmental and resource policy. This program, administered by a member of the faculty of Biological Sciences, includes course work and faculty from other departments in the graduate school plus several government agencies and private industry.
Hominid Paleobiology Doctoral Program
The Hominid Paleobiology Doctoral Program provides interdisciplinary training in human evolutionary studies. The program focuses on research on human evolution that is explicitly biological and experimental.
Museum Studies Program
The Museum Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary program leading to the Master of Arts degree. Individual degree plans may include course work within the Department of Biological Sciences.