Theses in Biotechnology are organized into front matter, the body, and end matter. Sections listed below that are not indicated as optional must be included in your thesis.
- Exception: theses that contain tables or figures
For this, either a list of tables or a list of figures will be included in the front matter.
Order for the front matter of your thesis:
- Title page (see example in Templates)
- Blank page or copyright page
- Author’s biographical sketch written in third person (optional)
- Dedication (optional)
- Acknowledgements (optional)
- Table of Contents
- List of Tables
- List of Figures
Front matter pagination
Lower case Roman numerals indicated at the bottom-center of pages begin after the abstract and end on the last page of list of figures. For example, if your thesis has a two-page abstract and you wish to include a biographical sketch, the first numeral displayed will be “v” on the bottom-center of your biosketch page.
Chapter titles for the body of your thesis:
- Chapter I: Introduction
- Chapter II: Materials and Methods or Research Methods
- Chapter III: Results
- Chapter IV: Discussion
Note: There is flexibility in selection of chapter titles for case studies.
Order for the end matter of your thesis:
- Appendices (optional)
- References (in APA format)
End matter pagination
Arithmetic numbers (i.e. Hindu-Arabic starting with "1") indicated at the bottom-center of pages start on the first page of Chapter I and end on the last page of references.