Welcome to the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology (CCIB)
Research within the CCIB emphasizes the development of quantitative, predictive, and experimentally-validated theories for biological processes. Students in the Graduate Program in Computational & Integrative Biology are integrated into the life and activities of the Center and are viewed as an essential element of its success.
What is computational and integrative biology?
Integrative biology is biology that considers the whole organism, from the molecular to the ecological.
Computational biology is the use of computers to apply principles from mathematics, chemistry, or physics to understand complex biological systems. It’s a powerful approach for connecting multiple levels of organization found in an organism.
iThe CCIB facilitates meaningful discussion and collaboration among faculty who would be scientific strangers at most institutions, and our faculty represent a breadth of expertise remarkable even among interdisciplinary centers. The moderate size of the CCIB (about 40 faculty members) combined with its prominent role in campus research counteracts an intrinsic tendency of disciplines to silo themselves.
What can an integrative approach to biology achieve?
The goal of integrative biology is to extract broad quantitative organizational principles that can relate interactions of component parts to macroscopic behaviors of the complex system.
Examples of areas of investigation particularly amenable to an integrative approach include ecological and physiological systems.
The Molecular Option provides a thorough background in the subject areas involved in Computational and Integrative Biology (CIB) Major, with a stronger emphasis on chemistry and biology.
The Systems Option provides a thorough background in the subject areas involved in Computational and Integrative Biology (CIB) Major, with a stronger emphasis on mathematics and computer science.
The Physical Option provides a thorough background in the subject areas involved in Computational and Integrative Biology (CIB) Major, with a stronger emphasis on biophysics.
The Center for Computational and Integrative Biology (CCIB) is offering students to obtain both a Bachelors degree (BS) and Masters (MS) degrees in CIB within five years.
The B.S./M.S. program initiates at the Fall term of your Junior year by contacting the CIB Graduate Program Director. Admission into the program occurs in the Spring Term of your Junior year.
Graduate-level courses taken during the fall and spring semesters of your senior year are billed at the undergraduate tuition rate.
Graduate Programs are intended for students from a diversity of backgrounds with Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, or physics.
The Masters program program offers course work and hands-on research experience and teaches students how to apply quantitative approaches to researching biological systems, critically analyze scientific literature in the field, and skillfully communicate scientific ideas and research results.
The Doctoral program provides in-depth research training by internationally recognized faculty. Students will be required to demonstrate the capability to make a significant original interdisciplinary research contribution to the study of biological systems, and to present and defend this contribution in an oral defense.