Integrated and Applied Sciences

Saint Louis University’s doctoral program in integrated and applied sciences will broaden your exposure to all areas of science and prepare you to work on interdisciplinary research problems throughout your chosen career.


About the Program

This research-intensive doctoral program will train you for careers in pharmaceutical and biochemical industries, as well as in academia. The program’s scientific training takes place in an interdisciplinary environment with chemistry, biology, physics, biomedical science, and earth and atmospheric science faculty.

Several Program Tracks

SLU’s integrated and applied sciences program is divided into tracks housed within the traditional science disciplines: biology (bioinformatics, integrated geospatial biology, biometry); chemistry (analysis and physical characterization, synthesis and materials); physics (physics of fluids); and environmental sciences/earth and atmospheric sciences (environmental sciences and geographic information systems).

Program Highlights

SLU’s integrated and applied sciences Ph.D. program aims to broaden student exposure to all areas of science, encourage collaboration across departments and colleges, and to better train graduate students to present their research to a more diverse audience.

Curriculum and Program Details

To graduate, you’ll need to complete a minimum of 48 hours of post-baccalaureate coursework (exclusive of dissertation), 12 hours of dissertation research, passing of preliminary comprehensive written and oral examinations, a dissertation, and a public, oral presentation and dissertation defense.

Integrated and applied sciences requirements include nine to 12 credit hours of core courses in the department of your chosen track, six credit hours taken outside the core department, an interdisciplinary seminar (four credit hours), current topics in interdisciplinary research (eight credit hours), and interdisciplinary research (up to three credit hours). A dissertation (12 credit hours) is also required. You are encouraged to become actively engaged in interdisciplinary research outside your particular field of specialization, especially as it relates to your primary research project.

The dissertation committee consists of your primary research mentor, a secondary research mentor from a department outside your core department and one to three other members of the graduate faculty.

Assuming successful completion of oral and written comprehensive exams, students should complete the Ph.D. program in four to five years. Students entering the program with an appropriate master’s degree may complete the program in two to three years (pending approval of advanced standing), again assuming successful completion of oral and written comprehensive exams. 

Faculty
  • Steven Buckner, Ph.D.
  • Gerardo Camilo, Ph.D.
  • Thomas Crawford, Ph.D.
  • Damon Hall, Ph.D.
  • Paul Jelliss, Ph.D.
  • Jack Kennell, Ph.D.
  • Istvan Kiss, Ph.D.
  • Jason Knouft, Ph.D.
  • Irma Kuljanishvili, Ph.D.
  • Richard Mayden, Ph.D.
  • Susan Spencer, Ph.D.
  • David Wisbey, Ph.D.
  • John Woolschlager, Ph.D.
  • Wasit Wulamu, Ph.D.
Careers
After graduating, you might pursue a career as a crime lab analyst, environmental chemist or a fuels and materials scientist.
Scholarships and Financial Aid

Sources of tuition and cost-of-living funding are usually through external funding only, such as grant-supported research (e.g. NSF, NIH) or overseas government coverage.

As you’re applying, you should contact the program director and indicate your preferred primary mentor (of the track of your choice), as he or she will need to provide a statement of financial support as part of the application process.


Applicant Criteria

The integrated and applied sciences administrative committee will ensure that the applicant possesses a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited, recognized college or university in a discipline relevant to the research of the integrated and applied sciences faculty mentor.

To apply, you’ll need:

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Transcript(s)
Three letters of recommendation
Curriculum vitae
Professional goals statement

Requirements for International Students

Assistantship Application Deadline

Students who want to be considered for an assistantship must submit complete applications by Feb. 1.

Review Process

The integrated and applied sciences administrative committee will ensure that the applicant's previous academic record indicates the ability needed to pursue advanced studies. The committee will then make an admissions recommendation to the graduate admissions department, which is responsible for making the final decision and communicating that decision to both the integrated and applied sciences program director and the applicant.