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Integrated Biosciences Minor

Swenson College of Science & Engineering
Swenson College of Science and Engineering
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Integrated Biosciences Graduate Program, University of Minnesota, 251 Swenson Science Building, 1035 Kirby Drive, Duluth, MN 55812 (218-726-6898; fax: 218-726-8142)
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2022
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 6
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
The all-University Integrated Biosciences graduate program offers students an opportunity to study in 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
Special Application Requirements:
Students interested in the minor are strongly encouraged to confer with their major field advisor and director of graduate studies, and the Integrated Biosciences director of graduate studies regarding feasibility and requirements.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
The minimum cumulative GPA for minor field coursework is 2.80.
Minor Coursework (6 to 12 credits)
Masterís students select 6 credits, and doctoral students select 12 credits from the following in consultation with the Integrated Biosciences director of graduate studies.
IBS 8011 - Integrated Biological Systems I (3.0 cr)
IBS 8012 - Integrated Evolutionary Processes (2.0 cr)
IBS 8013 - Integrated Biological Systems II (3.0 cr)
IBS 8030 - IBS Research Club (1.0 cr)
IBS 8099 - The Biological Practitioner (1.0 cr)
IBS 8993 - Integrated Biosciences Graduate Seminar (2.0 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)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
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Doctoral
 
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IBS 8011 - Integrated Biological Systems I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
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 evolution, 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: Periodic Fall & Spring
In-depth study of advanced topics in evolutionary biology, such as coevolution, evolution of disease organisms, ecosystem consequences of evolution, evolutionary stable strategies, and game theory. prereq: IBS Grad student
IBS 8013 - Integrated Biological Systems II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course follows IBS 8011. In IBS 8011, the students were introduced to five principles of integrative thinking in biology (evolution, energy, information, stoichiometry, feedbacks) that apply to all levels of biological organization. IBS 8013 will apply all five 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
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 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.