Goals for each year in our graduate degree programs

Here, we outline goals for research, coursework, and funding for each year of your graduate training in the Department of Biology.

Each graduate degree is unique! Differences among disciplines, projects, and labs will mean that every student has a different path to successful completion of the degree requirements. You, your advisor, and your committee will create a plan that is right for you. However, this will give you an overall idea of the path from start to finish that you and your cohort are on.

The Graduate School has a page called “Steps to Student Degree” that outlines all of the required forms you’ll need to complete during your time at CSU. This page can be accessed here: http://www.graduateschool.colostate.edu/current-students/steps-to-your-degree.aspx

Click on each year below to see its specific goals.



First Year 
Second Year


First Year
Second Year
Third Year
Fourth Year
Fifth Year

What if you need additional time to complete your degree?