Innovative Interdisciplinary Opportunities

Through its interdisciplinary programs, the Graduate College opens avenues for students to discover and explore new knowledge.

Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program where the mathematical skills of scholars are applied to significant scientific problems.

The interdisciplinary program in Genetics provides diverse research opportunities in cutting edge topics ranging from prokaryotes to human model systems to human disease, and population genetics to computational genetics.

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Immunology was created in 1993, bringing together faculty from five departments that share a common interest in teaching students and performing research in Immunobiology.

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics offers graduate degrees and certificates in four subtracks. Informatics connects the computational disciplines with the humanities, arts, and sciences, although its true impact is in the capability to solve entirely new problems or successfully attack existing, persistent problems from a different perspective.

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Molecular Biology permits scholars to identify research areas in molecular and cellular biology irrespective of classical departmental boundaries.

Research and teaching in the interdisciplinary Iowa Neuroscience Graduate Program are consolidated in three overlapping tracks: molecular/cellular, developmental/systems, and cognitive/behavioral.

The Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition seeks to understand the processes that underlie the learning of a non-native language, drawing from linguistics, psychology, sociology, and education.

The Graduate Program in Translational Biomedicine trains clinical scientists in hypothesis-oriented, patient-based, state-of-the-art research that transcends traditional academic disciplines.

The Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry is an interdisciplinary research and teaching program. Its purpose is to improve academic inquiry, argumentation, and writing in the arts, humanities, sciences, and professions, especially at the intersections between disciplines.

Formalized joint degree options under the School of Urban and Regional Planning have been established in law (J.D.), social work (M.S.W.), health management and policy (M.H.A.), occupational and environmental health (M.S.), and civil and environmental engineering (B.S.).

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