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Integrated Biosciences Ph.D.

Swenson College of Science & Engineering
University of Minnesota Duluth
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Contact Information
Integrated Biosciences Graduate Program, University of Minnesota, 251 Swenson Science Building, 1035 Kirby Drive, Duluth, MN 55812 (218-726-6898; fax: 218-726-8152)
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2017
  • Length of program in credits: 50
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • The Integrated Biosciences Ph.D. is an All-University program delivered on the Twin Cities and Duluth Campuses. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is the degree granting authority for the Integrated Biosciences Ph.D. program in Duluth.
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The all-university integrated biosciences graduate program offers study toward the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. The program has three areas of emphasis: cell, molecular, and physiological (CMP) biology emphasis, chemical biology (CB) emphasis, and ecology, organismal, and population (EOP) biology emphasis.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
A bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university in the biological or physical sciences or a related field.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Recommended undergraduate courses for applicants pursuing the Ph.D. degree include one year each of chemistry, biology, physics, calculus, and advanced chemistry. One semester (minimum) of statistics is also recommended. Additional recommended courses for students in the ecology, organismal, and population (EOP) emphasis include one year of calculus, one semester each of ecology and evolutionary biology, along with one course in two of the following subjects: genetics, cell biology, biochemistry. Additional recommended courses for students in the cell, molecular, and physiological (CMP) emphasis include one year of organic chemistry plus one course in each of the following: genetics, cell biology and biochemistry. Additional recommended courses for students in the chemical biology (CB) emphasis include one year of organic chemistry, plus one course in biochemistry and cell biology.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
26 credits are required in the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 2 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Ph.D. Written Preliminary Examination-In addition to completing the curriculum for the major and internal related fields, students will be required to pass both a written and oral preliminary examination prior to completing the Ph.D. program. The preliminary written examination will be administered once the student has completed the majority of the required coursework. This will typically occur in the summer of the second year. The written examination will consist of a completed NIH or NSF grant application for the student's proposed research project. The project will be evaluated by the Thesis Examining Committee, which will also serve as the student's Final Oral Examining Committee to provide continuity of advice during the length of the student's research program. Ph.D. Oral Preliminary Examination-The oral preliminary examination will be administered within two months of the successful completion of the preliminary written examination. The examination will be administered by the graduate faculty according to University regulations and all students will be required to pass the oral examination to continue in the Ph.D. program. Ph.D. Final Oral Defense-It is anticipated that most students will complete the requirements for the Ph.D. degree within five years. The final oral defense will be conducted by the graduate faculty according to University regulations. It will consist of a public seminar presented by the student.
Required Coursework (13 cr)
IBS 8011 - Integrated Biological Systems I (2.0 cr)
IBS 8012 - Integrated Evolutionary Processes (2.0 cr)
IBS 8013 - Integrated Biological Systems II (2.0 cr)
IBS 8030 - IBS Research Club (1.0 cr)
IBS 8099 - The Biological Practitioner (1.0 cr)
STAT 4060 - Introduction to Biostatistics (3.0 cr)
or STAT 5411 - Analysis of Variance (3.0 cr)
or STAT 5511 - Regression Analysis (3.0 cr)
IBS 8980 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned) (2.0 cr)
or IBS 8993 - Integrated Biosciences Graduate Seminar (2.0 cr)
Thesis (24 cr)
Must be taken for 24 credits
IBS 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral (1.0-24.0 cr)
Electives (13 cr)
Take 13 or more credit(s) from the following:
· IBS 8020 - Integrated Biosciences Colloquia (1.0 cr)
· IBS 8094 - Rotations (1.0 cr)
· IBS 8101 - Cellular Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
· IBS 8102 - Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology (3.0 cr)
· IBS 8103 - Comparative Animal Physiology (3.0 cr)
· IBS 8201 - Ecological Processes (2.0 cr)
· IBS 8202 - Chemical Biology (3.0 cr)
· IBS 8203 - Methods in Molecular Biosciences (2.0 cr)
 
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IBS 8011 - Integrated Biological Systems I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course introduces the student to integrating principles in biology to develop the type of integrated thinking expected in their thesis. Integrating principles to be covered include energy flow, information, stoichiometry, and feedbacks. This course will be delivered largely in lecture format. It will prepare the student for IBS 8013, an extension of this course in spring semester. In IBS 8013, the class will involve applications of these principles to problems and themes that cut across biological sciences and the applications of these principles to their thesis problem. prereq: open to first year IBS Graduate Students only, calculus
IBS 8012 - Integrated Evolutionary Processes
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Review of advanced topics in evolutionary biology, including coevolution, evolution of disease organisms, ecosystem consequences of evolution, evolutionary stable strategies, and game theory. Required for all IBS students. prereq: IBS Grad student
IBS 8013 - Integrated Biological Systems II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course follows IBS 8011. In IBS 8011, the students were introduced to four principles of integrative thinking in biology (energy, information, stoichiometry, feedbacks) that apply to all levels of biological organization. IBS 8013 will apply all four principles to various themes and problems in biology which cut across all levels of biological organization. Such themes include but are not limited to metabolism, disease, and movement of materials across membranes and boundaries. The course will emphasize readings and discussion of the primary literature, student led discussions, student presentations of how the integrating principles apply to their thesis research, and the preparation of a paper demonstrating this application. The papers will be handled in a mock peer-review as if they were submitted to one of the Trends journals (Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Trends in Biochemistry, etc.) prereq: 8011, calculus
IBS 8030 - IBS Research Club
Credits: 1.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Readings and discussion of current literature integrating the areas of Cell, Molecular and Physiological Biology with Ecology, Organismal, and Population Biology. Current literature emphasizing the application of novel techniques to biological problems at several levels of organization will be presented. Students will lead a discussion on at least one paper. Required for IBS students both semesters of their first two years. prereq: IBS Graduate Student
IBS 8099 - The Biological Practitioner
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
A course designed to introduce the incoming graduate student in biological sciences to professional practice, standards and ethics, including peer review, proposal writing, ethical problems, the purpose of a university, and other problems. Required for all IBS students. prereq: IBS Graduate Student
STAT 4060 - Introduction to Biostatistics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to statistical methods applicable to biological and biomedical data. Analysis of bioassay, case-control, and disease/expose data. Introduction to statistics in clinical trials. Use of regression and logistic regression in analyzing biological/biomedical data. Categorical data analysis with application to the life sciences. Basic survival analysis. prereq: Math 1290 or 1296 or 1596 and STAT 2411 or 3411 or 3611 with grade of C- or better or consent of instructor.
STAT 5411 - Analysis of Variance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Analysis of variance techniques as applied to scientific experiments and studies. Randomized block designs, factorial designs, nesting. Checking model assumptions. Using statistical computer software. prereq: 3411 or 3611; a grade of C- or better is required in all prerequisite courses
STAT 5511 - Regression Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 3611, Math 3280 or Math 4326, a grade of C- or better in is required in all prerequisite courses
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Simple, polynomial, and multiple regression. Matrix formulation of estimation, testing, and prediction in linear regression model. Analysis of residuals, model selection, transformations, and use of computer software. prereq: 3611, Math 3280 or Math 4326, a grade of C- or better in is required in all prerequisite courses
IBS 8980 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Explores topics relevant to both EPO and CMP students within the IBS Program. prereq: 8011, 8012, 8103
IBS 8993 - Integrated Biosciences Graduate Seminar
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
The IBS Seminar course will emphasize topics that cross multiple disciplines in both Ecology, Organismal and Population (EOP), Cell, Molecular and Physiology (CMP) emphases, and Chemical Biology (CB). Example of topics include the following: human health implications of ecological change; cell and molecular techniques in ecology; impact of infectious disease on populations; community ecology, and host defense against disease. prereq: 8012, 8103
IBS 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral
Credits: 1.0 -24.0 [max 100.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(no description) prereq: Maximum 18 credits per semester or summer; 24 credits required
IBS 8020 - Integrated Biosciences Colloquia
Credits: 1.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Presentations by Integrated Biosciences Graduate Faculty on their research and how it is integrated with various other research programs in Duluth and worldwide. prereq: IBS Graduate Student
IBS 8094 - Rotations
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Rotations through laboratories of faculty members of the Integrated Biosciences Program. During the rotations students will be exposed to molecular, cellular, physiological, and ecological problems and techniques. prereq: IBS Graduate Student
IBS 8101 - Cellular Biochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course will introduce students to the physical and molecular basis of cellular function. Students will learn the physical characteristics of macromolecular structures comprising a cell, including polysaccharide, lipid, protein and mucleic acid structure. Students will also learn where these macromolecules occur in the cell, how they are regulated and how they facilitate the cells interaction/communication with its environment, with a focus on small molecule/drug distribution. prereq: Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Cell Biology or Molecular Biology, Calculus or instructor consent.
IBS 8102 - Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Comprehensive review of contemporary topics in modern molecular biology. This will include systemic examples from cell and developmental systems. Required for CMP emphasis. prereq: 5101, Chem 4342 or equivalent, IBS grad student
IBS 8103 - Comparative Animal Physiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
In depth review of selected topics in animal physiology. Lecture presentation of fundamental concepts of cardiovascular, neural, respiratory, renal, and endocrine physiology. In-depth discussion and student presentation of selected topics with particular emphasis on current advances. prereq: One year of college biology, two years of college chemistry; 8011, IBS Grad student
IBS 8201 - Ecological Processes
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
In depth survey of advanced topics in ecological processes, including allometry and scaling, animal behavior, food webs, and energy and material flows through organisms and ecosystems. Required for EOP Track. prereq: 8011, IBS Grad student
IBS 8202 - Chemical Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course will introduce students to the common chemical underpinnings of biochemical and biological processes. Students will learn the chemical fundamentals of biological transformations including the synthesis of lipids, carbohydrates, amino acids, nucleotides as well as natural products. In addition, students will gain insight into the roles of metals in biology, medicine, bio-inorganic transformations, as well as energy - and electron-transfer processes associated with living organisms. prereq: Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry or Cellular Biochemistry, Cell Biology or Molecular Biology, Calculus or instructor consent.
IBS 8203 - Methods in Molecular Biosciences
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course will focus on the fundamental and technical background of methods used in chemical biology toward quantitative assay/interpretation of biological structures/events/ Importantly, case studies will be chosen from current literature to highlight applications of a given technique to address biological questions. For each major technique expected experimental information and subsequent interpretation will be discussed. prereq: Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Biochemistry or Cellular Biochemistry, Cell Biology or Molecular Biology.