The Integrative Plant Biology specialization within the Complex Biosystems Ph.D. Program is designed to prepare graduate students to address complex problems in plant biology that require interdisciplinary research approaches and effectively assimilate laboratory to field-based studies. The program and the specialization feature a systems-oriented curriculum and cutting edge collaborative research. Graduates in this program will have rigorous training in the application and underlying concepts of quantitative research methods, critical literature evaluation, grantsmanship, and statistics. Through this program, students will have exposure to teaching in the life sciences and mentored laboratory research at the cutting edge of the discipline.
The complexity of contemporary challenges in hypothesis testing in a transdisciplinary fashion involving integration across levels of organization from gene to organism to ecosystem, necessitates disciplines, technologies and strategies from a diversified knowledge base. Hence, to be successful in understanding and solving research problems, and for our graduate students to be competitive in the job market, training programs must combine proficiency and breadth across the broad range of scientific fields required to meet the future needs of research in plant biology.
Upon successful completion of the Specialization in Integrative Plant Biology, students will have mastered the skills and concepts necessary to;
- Formulate and experimentally test new hypotheses about relationships between genes, organisms, and ecosystems
- Demonstrate competence, proficiency and breadth in quantitative plant research
- Apply theories and methodologies related to plant biological systems
- Conduct and provide leadership in basic and applied research in plant biology.
IPB student's core course selection options (minimum of 3 credits per topic area)Integrated Plant Biology Courses