Complex Biosystems (PHD)


Complex Biosystems, PhD

On Campus 90 cr

The program in Complex Biosystems is directed toward students interested in applying quantitative statistical and computational approaches to multiple areas of biology including human health, medical biochemistry, microbial metagenomics, ecology, evolution, and plant systems.


The first year of this interdisciplinary program offers students two semesters of laboratory rotations on diverse topics and one semester of laboratory teaching experience. In the first year of study, the cohort of incoming students considers "big questions" in multiple areas of life sciences, and learns current technical and analytical approaches to address them.

In addition to various types of scientific communication skills and ethical approaches to research, students acquire a foundation in population, cellular and molecular life sciences; statistics; bioinformatics; and computational analysis. This unique graduate program is tailored to the student's specific desired outcomes, offering a flexible curriculum and broad interdisciplinary training.

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  1. Computational Organismal Biology, Ecology, and Evolution
  2. Integrative Plant Biology
  3. Microbial Interactions
  4. Pathobiology and Biomedical Science
  5. Systems Analysis

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One set of transcripts.
  • If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
  • If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    * Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Major Admission Requirements

  • CV or resume
  • Personal statement: In your statement, specifically describe what training and/or experiences have prepared you for graduate study at the intersection of the life and data sciences.
  • Three letters of recommendation

Admission Deadlines

December 15 for Fall.

NOTE: When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed


Complex Biosystems

Program Director

Jennifer Clarke

Support Staff

Stacey Herceg

Tuition & Fees

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