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Students pursuing the M.S. degree must complete a minimum of 20 coursework credits and 10 thesis credits in the following way:

*11 Credits – Required Core IBS Courses (see list below)
*9 Credits – Elective Coursework
*10 Master’s Thesis Credits (IBS 8777)
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30 Total Credits

In addition to coursework and thesis credits, M.S. students must conduct original research and write and successfully defend a thesis.

Required core courses are completed in the first year of study, with all students entering the IBS program in the fall of any given year taking this coursework as a cohort regardless of emphasis (CB, CMP, EOP).

Elective credits are related to the field of study/emphasis area. Elective credits can be IBS elective courses or courses from other graduate programs or upper level undergraduate programs (5xxx or 8xxx) or for a minor in one particular field such as Chemistry or Applied and Computational Mathematics.

For full details, please refer to the IBS Student Handbook.

Core Course Requirements for the M.S. Degree:

  • IBS 8011 - Integrated Biological Systems I - 2 credits
  • IBS 8013 - Integrated Biological Systems II - 2 credits
  • IBS 8012 - Integrated Biological Systems III - 2 credits
  • IBS 8099 - The Biological Practitioner - 1 credit
  • IBS 8030 - IBS Research Club (Methods) - 1 credit
  • STATS - STAT 4060 Introduction to Biostatistics or STAT 5411 Analysis of Variance or STAT 5511 Regression Analysis or BIOL 5809 Ecological Statistics - 3 credits

Students pursuing the Ph.D. degree must complete a minimum of 26 coursework credits and 24 thesis credits in the following way:

*13 Credits – Required Core IBS Courses (see list below)
*13 Credits – Elective Coursework
*24 Doctoral Thesis Credits (IBS 8888)
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50 Total Credits

In addition to coursework and thesis credits, Ph.D. students must conduct original research, pass preliminary exams and write and successfully defend a dissertation. 

Required core courses are completed in the first year of study, with all students entering the IBS program in the fall of any given year taking this coursework as a cohort regardless of emphasis (CB, CMP, EOP).

Elective credits are related to the field of study/emphasis area. Elective credits can be IBS elective courses or courses from other graduate programs or upper level undergraduate programs (5xxx or 8xxx) or for a minor in one particular field such as Chemistry or Applied and Computational Mathematics.

Core Course Requirements for the Ph.D.:

  • IBS 8011 - Integrated Biological Systems I - 2 credits
  • IBS 8013 - Integrated Biological Systems II - 2 credits
  • IBS 8012 - Integrated Biological Systems III - 2 credits
  • IBS 8099 - The Biological Practitioner - 1 credit
  • IBS 8030 - IBS Research Club (Methods) - 1 credit
  • IBS 8980 or IBS 8993 - Special Topics/Seminar in IBS - 2 credits
  • STATS - STAT 4060 Introduction to Biostatistics or STAT 5411 Analysis of Variance or STAT 5511 Regression Analysis or BIOL 5809 Ecological Statistics - 3 credits

Early Thesis Credit Registration

IBS Policy is to allow registration of IBS 8888 after:

  1. Completion of the first year of core courses
  2. Having a Graduate Degree Plan on file with the Graduate School
  3. Formation of the examining committee
  4. Submission of a one-page summary of the proposed research to IBS Program, approved by advisor