Defending soon? Need to find a CGR Representative for your committee? Filling out a program of study? Need to schedule an exam? Forms that are relevant to graduate school processes can be found at


When should I complete and submit my program of study?

  • “M.S. students entering in the fall should file a program by the end of winter term. Ph.D students entering with a bachelor's degree have 5 terms to file a program.” -BPP Handbook

    • This is not necessarily true. All graduate committees and graduate student advisors have different expectations for when committees should be formed, meet, and approve of a program of study. This should be an open conversation between students and graduate advisors. But sooner is always better than later and be aware that the graduate school requires this document on file, complete, and signed XXX days before graduation

What is a blanket credit?

  • A “blanket” credit is received after completing a course coded 50X or 60X from any department. These are usually 1 credit courses in professional development, orientation, or seminar. Both MS and PhD programs have a maximum number of blanket courses that can be included on programs of study. Thesis and Research courses which are coded 50X or 60X DO NOT COUNT AS blanket courses.

What is the difference between a blanket credit and a regular credit?

  • Regular credits are non-blanket courses from any department. For example, 525, 547, or 561 are all non-blanket courses. Both MS and PhD programs have a minimum number of regular courses that are required to appear on programs of study.

    • More than half of the required number of regular credits should be graduate stand alone. These can be gained by completing a course that does not have an undergraduate equivalent.

    • Slash or undergraduate equivalent courses must not account for more than half of the minimum number of regular courses for a program of study. Undergraduate equivalent courses are common and are coded this way: STAT 411/511.

How can I be sure that a the credits from a course meet the requirement as graduate stand alone credits (is a non-slash course)? 

  • Every course available on campus appear in the Course Catalog where each course has its own page and a table that lists course details such as title, instructor, term, meeting time, and meeting place. In this table there is also a ‘comments’ field. If this field is empty for a graduate course (500 or 600 level), this usually means that this course meets the graduate stand alone requirement. This field may read, “Does not meet the Graduate Stand Alone Requirement,” which indicates that it is a slash course or a course with an undergraduate equivalent. Occasionally, the comments field will be empty although the course has an undergraduate equivalent. Any course that has an undergraduate equivalent does not meet the requirements as a graduate stand alone.

How many credits should be included on my program of study? 

  • The minimum. Programs of study are binding contracts and any credits or courses included must be completed (changes can be made but should be avoided). Include only the minimum number of regular courses required and use Thesis (503 and 603) to fill in the rest of the required credits. You may choose to take other courses, and you are unlikely to list all courses appearing on your transcript on your program of study.


Below is a list of recent BPP graduate student defenses. To have your defense added to the list, please email Tyler.


"Genomic Investigations of Diversity within the Milkweed Genus Asclepias, at Multiple Scales"

Kevin Weitemier

"Genome organization in the ectomycorrhizal truffle Rhizopogon vesiculosus"

Dabao Lu

"Characterization of the transition to the programic phase in Zea mays pollen"

Caity Smyth

"The role of plant-soil feedback in the invasion of Brachypodium sylvaticum in Douglas-fir forests"

Andrew Esterson


"Understanding Host-Pathogen Interactions in the Sphaerulina musiva-Populus Pathosystem"


Kelsey Dunnell 

“Overwintering of Erysiphe necator and inoculum monitoring for decision aids”

Lindsey Thiessen

"Alternative seed treatments for management of seedborne disease: case study, black leg on crucifer crops"

Morgan Schneider

"Biological Soil Crusts of the Great Basin: Distribution, Recovery from Disturbance, and Restoration" 

Lea Condon 
"Distribution of Phytophthora rubi and Pratylenchus penetrans in Pacific Northwest red raspberry(Rubus idaeus) fields"  Duncan Kroese
"Mulching for Managing Mummy Berry of Blueberry"  Jade Florence
 “When humans fail to tell the story, let the lichens and plants tell it for us: Dating pre-historic cairns in southeast Alaska”  Nijmah Ali 
“Lichen Functional Trait Variation Along an East-West Climatic Gradient in Oregon and Among Habitats in Katmai National Park, Alaska”  Kaleigh Spickerman 
“The role of intraspecific functional trait variation in the differential decline of meadow species following conifer encroachment”  Jessica Celis 
" Mitigating harmful Cyanobacterial Blooms: the Role of Plant Humics" Sus Theis
"Seasonality as a driving factor of decomposition pathways in both meadows and forests: an exploration across a gradient of climate in Oregon" Sam Colby
"Yosemite region nitrogen deposition and lichen community composition change" Martin Hutten
 “Harvesting Douglas-fir Without Spreading Sudden Oak Death”  Joey Hulbert
"Interactions Between Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Molybdenum in Forest Soils and Cyanobacterial Lichens in the Oregon Coast Range" Jade A. Marks
"Systematic, genomic, and transcriptomic analysis of mycoparasitic Tolypocladium species and their Elaphomyces hosts" Alisha Owensby Quandt
“Identification and Distribution of the Mating-Type Locus and Development of Cleistothecia of Podosphaera macularis” Sierra Wolfenbarger
"Lichen communities and caribou habitat in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, USA" Peter Nelson
"Reconnecting children to nature through environmental education: An internship at Avery House Nature Center" Jena Fay
"An Experimental Reintroduction of Pleuropogon oregonus, a Rare Wetland Grass Native to Oregon." Matt Groberg
"Histological comparisons of needle tissues of four species of white pine infected with Cronartium ribicola" Kat Sweeney
"Presence and pathogenicity of Fusarium and Verticillium species in commercial red radish (Raphanus sativus) seed production in the Willamette Valley of Oregon." Rachel Bomberger
"Experimental reintroduction of Artemisia campestris var. wormskioldii, a rare species of dynamic cobble bar environments on the Columbia River" Alexis Brickner
"A Survey of Vascular Plants and Recreational Uses at Valley Camp, North Bend, WA" Tamra Prior
"Fungal endophyte diversity in foliage of native and cultivated Rhododendron species" Hank Raizen