Integrative Genomics is an interdisciplinary graduate program that combines genomics, ecology, evolution, and physiology to better understand the evolutionary forces that have shaped the mechanisms that are important to species interactions in the wild. The College of Arts and Sciences oversees the Master of Science in Integrative Genomics (MSIG) and their website is located at http://www.bhsu.edu/Academics/GraduatePrograms/IntegrativeGenomics This graduate program is designed to provide M.S. students the necessary skills and concepts to work cooperatively with others in a research area that takes a systems-wide approach and incorporates an organisms history and natural environment to understand the organization and expression of its many genes. Exposure to modern techniques and instrumentation in the laboratory and field will prepare the student for success in both academic and other biotechnology-related pursuits.
It is the intent of the program to admit qualified students into either a thesis or non-thesis track. The thesis track requires at least one satisfactory and relevant manuscript from original research for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The non-thesis track substitutes an internship with a relevant biotech company or the equivalent (e.g., Environmental Protection Agency laboratory) and one course in business marketing and management.
All students enrolled in the program take 12 credits from the core curriculum, and at least 8 credits from the list of electives. The core, which should be completed in the first year of study, is designed to provide a current overview of the field and techniques. The electives provide additional relevant emphases.
The main goals of the Integrative Genomics Program are to develop young scientists in the research and teaching skills needed to be successful in Ph.D. and professional programs or in biotechnology businesses. Students in the Integrative Genomics Program will be supported through Graduate Research Assistantships (RAs). Most of the students will receive 20 hour RAs, which will require responsibilities in research (50%), mentored laboratory teaching (25%), and mentoring undergraduates in research experiences (25%). A few RAs will be awarded for full-time research responsibilities and mentoring undergraduates in research experiences.
Graduate Student Outcomes
The students should be able to: 1) Identify the organisms and areas in ecology and evolution that link best to genomics, 2) specifically functional genomics, and 3) be familiar with, and in some cases have a working knowledge of, the Molecular, Statistical, and Database tools for genomic analyses. Specifically, the program will emphasize the areas of genome comparisons, structure and function in communities, life history patterns, stress responses, and recent advances in the field of genomics. Major competencies include using equipment associated with gene discovery, sequencing genomes, and transcript profiling; being able to analyze data and think critically about one’s own research and that of others; communicating results effectively both orally and in writing; and working as part of a research team.
Students in the internship track will also take a marketing course and learn about the basics of marketing and management. Instead of conducting their own research, they will do an internship with a biotechnology company to learn about the business and gain technical and analytical skills.
Successful applicants will be required to have completed a Bachelors degree in either biology or chemistry with at least a 3.0 GPA and at least one course in genetics. Applicants must also take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (the general test only; the advanced subject test is optional) and provide two letters of recommendation from former instructors.