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Program Overview

We seek applicants who have demonstrated strong ability in one field and who exhibit solid experience in a secondary field (through a minor discipline or research and work experiences). Once enrolled, you will be encouraged to achieve greater disciplinary knowledge, expand your familiarity with a secondary discipline and further explore a third.

Through IQ Biology, students learn the essential competencies demonstrated by knowledgeable and well-rounded researchers who collaborate effectively between disciplines. These competencies may be attained in a number of ways, including courses, lab rotations, and outreach activities.

Three interdisciplinary “core” courses have been developed to provide IQ Biology students with a deeper knowledge of mathematical and computational approaches to solving bioscience and bioengineering problems. These core courses serve as the foundation of the IQ Biology curriculum:

  • Quantitative Optical Imaging Lecture and Recitation 
  • Bioinformatics and Genomics OR Mathematical and Computational Biology
  • Cells, Molecules and Tissues, a Biophysical Approach OR Biophysics

All first-year IQ Biology students will take these core courses together. These courses are augmented by three 10-week research rotations and two elective “gap-filling” courses that allow students to learn more in relevant areas to which they have been been minimally exposed.

Agreements have already been worked out between the degree programs and IQ Biology to ensure that the combination of the PhD and the certificate in IQ Biology will not add more than an additional semester of graduate work. After joining a particular degree program, your participation in the IQ Biology program will continue to ensure greater access to interdisciplinary ideas, collaborators and resources.

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After completing all program requirements, graduating students will receive a Certificate in Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology in addition to their PhD. 

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