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Interdisciplinary Research Training - Courses - IQ Biology

The IQ Biology program balances your need to build a strong educational foundation with the flexibility you need to customize your experience with interdisciplinary research training.


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Here is what you can expect:

During Your First Year

A math and biology bootcamp (Foundations in Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology) in your first semester will prepare you for:

  • Differential equations, linear algebra, graph theory, probability, statistics and programming
  • Cell biology, genetics, evolution, biochemistry, biophysics, kinetics, and bioengineering

More information about this course can be found on the course website (Syllabi from previous years: Fall 2012, 2013).

During the second semester, you will take two project-based courses that will focus on data analysis using examples from imaging, high-throughput data acquisition methods, modeling biological network dynamics, biophysics and biomechanics while working in interdisciplinary teams. These second semester core courses include:

You will also take up to two courses from already existing course offerings to balance your background with your desired research activities. These “gap-filling” courses give you an opportunity to broaden your capabilities and explore areas of quantitative biology which are new to you. Courses from any of our participating departments may be chosen, depending on your background and future research interests.

With interdisciplinary courses this diverse, we expect that students might want to brush up on areas that might be unfamiliar to them. We have put together lists of self-study aids available for the topics discussed in our core courses, and also a list of common pre-requisite courses and their websites for courses in IQ Biology.


Your Second Year and Beyond

Before your second year begins, you will declare your department and thesis advisor. During the second year, you will take the core courses required by your chosen degree program, and those advised by the departmental thesis committee. You are encouraged to continue to take interdisciplinary courses or courses in disciplines unfamiliar to you to support your research interests.

Links to course listings from our participating departments:


Examples of ethics courses on the Boulder campus:

NOTE: PSYC 5112 NOT Acceptable for IQ Biology Certificate Program

  • Scientific Ethics and Responsible Conduct in Research Lecture (CHEM 5776)
  • Research Methods and Ethics Seminar (CHEN 5343)
  • Scientific Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research (MCDB 7840) Contact Grad Program Assistant for section each fall term.

Examples of ethics courses on the UC Denver Anschutz Medical campus

  • Ethics and Regulation of Human Subjects Review (CLSC 7150/7151)
  • Ethics in Bioinformatics (CPBS 7605)
  • Science as a Profession (IMMU 7607)- fall only course
  • Ethics in Research (PHCL 7605) - fall only course
  • Ethical Issues in Toxicology & Pharmaceutical Sciences (TXCL 7400) - fall only course


Examples of interdisciplinary courses:

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