Department of Anatomical Sciences Health Sciences Center Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Department of Anatomical Sciences Health Sciences Center Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY
student ratio
Not Reported
total students
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Anatomical Sciences

The Department of Anatomical Sciences, within the School of Medicine, offers a multidisciplinary graduate program leading to the Ph.D. degree. Students receive comprehensive training to prepare them for teaching and research in the areas of evolutionary morphology, systematics, functional morphology, musculoskeletal biology, and vertebrate paleontology. Graduate students are guided through a program of courses appropriate to their particular needs. In this regard, the Department of Anatomical Sciences interacts with other departments in the School of Medicine as well as those in the Department of Geosciences, Biological Sciences Division, and the Anthropology Department.

The program trains students in vertebrate paleontology and comparative anatomy, providing access to appropriate field-based research. Scholars in the program pursue research in the analysis and interpretation of vertebrate structure using comparative methods. Training and research focus on two broad areas: the evolution of morphology, including the influences of function, structure, phylogenetic history, and biogeography, and the structural adaptations of bone as load-bearing tissue, including the physiologic mechanisms of osteogenesis and osteolysis. Both the locomotor and the craniodental systems are regions of current interest and investigation within the department. Emphasis is placed on the application of experimental and quantitative techniques to the analysis of the relationship between form and function.

Every student is required to complete a set of core courses and electives and to teach medical human gross anatomy at least once before graduation. The Graduate Program in Anatomical Sciences does not accept students whose goal is a master's degree. In exceptional instances, a student already in the program may be awarded an M.S. degree upon completing an approved course of study, including attaining a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours, passing a comprehensive examination, and submitting a master's thesis.

Research Facilities

Students in the program have the opportunity to master a variety of research methods and analytical strategies, including behavioral ecology; cineradiography; electromyography; finite-element analysis; in vivo bone strain measurement; kinematics and kinetics; principles of paleontological fieldwork; phylogenetic methods; quantitative morphology, including scaling (allometry) and multivariate morphometrics; reflected-light microscopy; scanning electron microscopy and tandem-scanning; and systematic classification techniques. Active paleontological field sites are available in the western U.S. and Africa, including in Madagascar, Mali, Kenya, and Egypt. Studies of skeletal adaptations promote collaborations with the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory of the Department of Orthopaedics and the sharing of facilities.

Stony Brook University

The University, established in 1957, achieved national stature within a generation. Founded at Oyster Bay, Long Island, the school moved to its present location in 1962. Stony Brook has grown to encompass more than 110 buildings on 1,100 acres. There are more than 1,568 faculty members, and the annual budget is more than $805 million. The Graduate Student Organization oversees the spending of the student activity fee for graduate student campus events. International students find the additional four-week Summer Institute in American Living very helpful. The Intensive English Center offers classes in English as a second language. The Career Development Office assists with career planning and has information on permanent full-time employment. Disabled Student Services has a Resource Center that offers placement testing, tutoring, vocational assessment, and psychological counseling. The Counseling Center provides individual, group, family, and marital counseling and psychotherapy. Day-care services are provided in four on-campus facilities. The Writing Center offers tutoring in all phases of writing.

Application Information

Location & Contact

Department of Anatomical Sciences

Health Sciences Center
Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

Dr. William Jungers


Phone: 631-444-3114
Fax: 631-444-3947

Christine Johnson


Phone: 631-444-3114
Fax: 631-444-3947

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Anatomy Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees 2
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


25% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 11
    • Accepted 0
    • Acceptance Rate 25
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, GRE Subject Test, BA in life sciences, minimum GPA of 3.0
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$4,685
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 15
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Federal Work-Study

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students7
    • Female Percentage43%
    • Male Percentage57%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students7
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian100%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown0%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty15
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage33%
    • Male Percentage67%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchBiological membranes, biomechanics of locomotion, systematics and evolutionary history of primates
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$692,284