College of Medicine / Graduate Biomedical Science Programs / Ph.D. Degree in Integrative Biology


Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Ph.D. Degree Program 


Integrative Biology

The Ph.D. degree program in Integrative Biology which began in the fall of 2004, allows students to pursue interests across a number of fields including marine science, biomedical science, biotechnology and biology.

Students can earn a Ph.D. degree in biomedical science through the Integrative Biology Ph.D. program. All of the research faculty in the Department of Basic Science participate in this program and can serve as a major advisor for potential candidates.

Participating Units of FAU:

  • Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
  • Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  • Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida Atlantic University

Partner Institution:

  • Horticultural Research Laboratory, U.S.D.A.Approved July 23, 2003 by the Florida Board of Governors

Integrative Biology is a University-wide multidisciplinary doctoral program in the biological and biomedical sciences at Florida Atlantic University. With administrative offices housed in the Department of Biological Sciences, the Program will began admitting students fall semester 2003.

Integrative Biology refers to cross-disciplinary, multilevel approaches to education and research in biology and medicine. Achieving an understanding of biological phenomena through scientific inquiry is becoming increasingly cross-disciplinary. Hence, a perspective that cuts across disciplinary boundaries and views biological phenomena as integrative processes that span levels of biological organization is considered timely.

The program will take advantage of current faculty strengths in biological subdisciplines such as cell/molecular biology, physiology, and ecology to provide academic leadership and mentor graduate students. The research conducted by faculty in the program contribute to fields such as marine biology, biomedical science, molecular biology, plant pathology, and environmental science. While the student's dissertation research may be highly focused in one of the subdisciplines, the program curriculum will provide a context for viewing this research in light of its relationship to other levels of biological organization and processes.

The curriculum will be individually tailored to each students research interests and will be built around a set of core courses that emphasize the theme of Integrative Biology, plus statistics; elective courses decided by the student and his/her advisory committee; seminar courses; and dissertation research.

Program Address: Program in Integrative Biology, Florida Atlantic University, Sanson Science Rm 136, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486. Address queries to E-mail: Michelle Cavallo .

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