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Integrated and Applied Sciences, Ph.D.

Saint Louis University's Integrated and Applied Sciences (IAS) doctoral program was established to broaden student exposure to all areas of science, encourage collaboration across departments and colleges, and better train graduate students to present their research to a more diverse audience.

Program Highlights

  • This interdisciplinary program is large enough to provide students with broad exposure to collaborative scientific projects, yet small enough for students to have one-on-one interaction with their faculty mentor.
  • This personalized approach is necessary for developing the communication skills that will enhance employment opportunities for students and, in keeping with SLU's Jesuit tradition, endow them with tools to better contribute to society.
  • Students specialize in a concentration depending on their primary mentor’s research area. Concentrations include biology, chemistry, environmental science and GIS, health sciences, and physics.

Leadership

Vasit Sagan, Ph.D.
     Program Director

Curriculum Overview

Saint Louis University's Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated and Applied Sciences (IAS) utilizes interdisciplinary approaches and collaboration within the fields to prepare graduates to confidently assume multi-faceted roles in the changing scientific community. 

The distribution of courses in the various IAS areas is determined by the student’s dissertation committee with a minimum total of 30 credits between all three areas. A total of 42 credits are required with the remaining 12 credits coming from dissertation credits. An appropriate coursework track is developed by the student and their mentor with subsequent approval by the IAS administrative committee. A typical coursework structure includes:

  • Participating departmental core courses (9–12 credits)
  • Interdisciplinary credits (18–21 credits)
  • Dissertation credits (12 credits)

Biology Concentration

This concentration is geared toward biological research with bioinformatics or integrated geospatial biology. Required core courses may be taken in the SLU's Department of Biology.

Chemistry Concentration

This concentration is for students interested in chemical research with substantial overlap with other biological or physical science and engineering disciplines.

Environmental Sciences and GIS Concentration

This concentration is for students interested in the application of geographic information systems (GIS) in the field of environmental sciences. Required courses are taken in SLU's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, as well as the GIS program.

Health Sciences Concentration

This concentration prepares students to become scholars and researchers within academic, clinical research, and practice settings by conducting interdisciplinary studies of biological, behavioral, psychosocial and environmental aspects of human health. Required courses are taken in Doisy College of Health Sciences.

Physics Concentration

This concentration is geared toward students interested in the physics of solid-state and nanomaterials.

Fieldwork and Research Opportunities

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

Careers

This doctoral program trains scientists for careers in academia as well as chemical, biological, environmental and geospatial science industries and health sciences and prepares them to collaborate with other professionals. Scientific training takes place in an interdisciplinary environment with faculty from science departments in SLU's College of Arts and Sciences and Doisy College of Health Sciences.

Admission Requirements

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.

Application Requirements

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

Requirements for International Students

All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students along with the following:

  • Demonstrate English Language Proficiency
  • Proof of financial support must include:
    • A letter of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency funding the time at Saint Louis University
    • A letter from the sponsor's bank verifying that the funds are available and will be so for the duration of study at the University
  • Academic records, in English translation, of students who have undertaken postsecondary studies outside the United States must include the courses taken and/or lectures attended, practical laboratory work, the maximum and minimum grades attainable, the grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations, and any honors or degrees received. WES and ECE transcripts are accepted.

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.

Scholarships, Assistantships and Financial Aid

For priority consideration for a graduate assistantship, apply by the program admission deadlines listed. Fellowships and assistantships provide a stipend and may include health insurance and a tuition scholarship for the duration of the award. 

For more information, visit http://www.slu.edu/financial-aid.

  1. Graduates will be able to use scientific principles underpinning the primary scientific discipline in which their concentration is based and by applying basic research methodology, demonstrate their application to their particular field of interest (chemistry, biology, physics, environmental science, sustainability science).
  2. Graduates will be able to demonstrate advanced creativity in scientific research methodology in their concentration and appropriately use techniques in a laboratory and/or field setting – including experimental, theoretical, and computational methods.
  3. Graduates will be able to integrate methods, theories, paradigms, concepts etc. from more than one discipline.
  4. Graduates will be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate (oral and written) results and conclusions from their research, describe techniques and methodology used, and apply their experiences in the greater world in which we live.
Required Courses
IAS 6010Interdisciplinary Seminar (taken over multiple semesters)4
IAS 6030Interdisciplinary Research (taken over multiple semesters)8
Concentration Courses
Select one of the following concentrations: 18
Dissertation Research
IAS 6990Dissertation Research (taken over multiple semesters)12
Total Credits42

Concentration Core Department (9-12 credits), Concentration Interdisciplinary credits (6–9 credits)

Non-Course Requirements

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 M.S. degree may complete the program in less time, again assuming successful completion of oral and written comprehensive exams.

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Biology Concentration

Concentration Core Department
Select three to four of the following:9-12
BIOL 5070
Advanced Biological Chemistry
BIOL 5190
Geographic Information Systems in Biology
BIOL 5350
Current Topics in Cell Biology
BIOL 5400
Problems in Genetics
BIOL 5480
Conservation Biology
BIOL 5550
Advanced Ecology
BIOL 5670
Advanced Population Biology
BIOL 5700
Advanced Molecular Biology
BIOL 5840
Graduate Seminar in Ecology, Evolution and Systematics
BIOL 6150
Neural Basis of Behavior
BIOL 6970
Research Topics
BIOL 6980
Graduate Reading Course
BIOL 5820
Graduate Seminar in Cell and Molecular Regulation
BIOL 5860
Scientific Communication
Concentration Interdisciplinary Course
Select two to three courses from Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, or Biomedical Sciences, Center for Sustainability, or GIS courses6-9
Total Credits15-21

Chemistry Concentration

Concentration Core Department
Select 3 to 4 of the following:9-12
CHEM 5160
Advanced Synthetic Chemistry
CHEM 5200
Analytical Chemistry II
CHEM 5230
Mass Spectrometry
CHEM 5260
Analytical Separations
CHEM 5270
Electroanalytical Chemistry
CHEM 5300
Mathematical Techniques in Chemistry
CHEM 5370
Computational Chemistry
CHEM 5390
Special Topics: Physical Chemistry
CHEM 5400
Organic Spectroscopy
CHEM 5440
Bioorganic Chemistry
CHEM 5450
Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHEM 5460
Synthetic Organic Chemistry
CHEM 5470
Principles of Medicinal Chemistry
CHEM 5500
Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 5550
Organometallic Chemistry
CHEM 5560
Solid State Chemistry
CHEM 5570
Group Theory & Spectroscopy
CHEM 5610
Biochemistry 1
CHEM 5615
Biochemistry 2
CHEM 5620
Biophysical Chemistry
CHEM 5630
Introduction to Chemical Biology and Biotechnology
CHEM 5800
Fundamentals and Design of Nanomaterials
CHEM 5299
Introduction to Analytical Research
or CHEM 5399
Introduction to Physical Research
or CHEM 5499
Introduction to Organic Research
or CHEM 5599
Introduction to Inorganic Research
Concentration Interdisciplinary Course
Select two to three courses from Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, or Biomedical Sciences, Center for Sustainability, or GIS courses. Students should register for CHEM 5920 Research Seminar (1 cr) each semester of their first two years before registering for IAS 6010 Interdisciplinary Seminar (1 cr) in years 3 and 4. 6-9
Total Credits15-21

Environmental Sciences and GIS Concentration

Concentration Core Department
Select three to four of the following:9-12
EAS 5190
Seminar in Geoscience
EAS 5900
Geoscience Journal Club
EAS 5170
Divergent & Convergent Margins
EAS 5180
Trans Margins & Plate Interior
EAS 5600
Atmospheric Chemistry
GIS 5010
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GIS 5040
Introduction to Remote Sensing
GIS 5070
Research Methods
GIS 5080
Digital Cartography and Geovisualization
GIS 5090
Introduction to Programming for GIS and Remote Sensing
GIS 5091
Advanced Programming for GIS and Remote Sensing
GIS 5092
Machine Learning for GIS and Remote Sensing
GIS 5100
Microwave Remote Sensing: SAR Principles, Data Processing and Applications
EAS 5410
Hydrology
GIS 5970
Research Topics
Concentration Interdisciplinary Course
Select two to three of the following:6-9
BIOL 5190
Geographic Information Systems in Biology
BIOL 5480
Conservation Biology
BSDP 5101
Fundamentals of Disaster Planning
EOH 5970
Research Topics in Environmental and Occupational Health
EAS 5340
Cloud Physics
Total Credits15-21

Health Sciences Concentration

Concentration Core Department
HSCI 6200Seminar in Health Sciences Research1
Choose remaining concentration core department courses from among:8-11
BLS 5125
Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Medicine
CSDI 5450
Speech Sound Disorders in Children
CSDI 5510
Social Communication Development and Disorders
CSDI 5550
Early Childhood Language Disorders
CSDI 5560
School-Age Language Disorders
CSDI 5630
Dysphagia
CSDI 5700
Voice Disorders
CSDI 5710
Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies
CSDI 5720
Neurogenic Communication Disorders in Adults
CSDI 5760
Motor Speech Disorders
CSDI 5770
Multicultural Assessment and Management of Communication Disorders
CSDI 5820
Cognitive Communication Disorders
CSDI 5930
Special Topics
DIET 4060
Maternal and Child Nutrition & Health
DIET 4100
Medical Nutrition Therapy I
DIET 4150
Medical Nutrition Therapy II
DIET 4300
Foundations in Comm. Nutrition
DIET 4400
Nutrition Education
DIET 4500
Nutrition Counseling
DIET 4980
Independent Study
DIET 5010
Survey of Nutrition for Allied Health Professionals
DIET 5030
Sustainable Food Systems
DIET 5050
Food Processing:Farm to Institution
DIET 5060
Maternal and Child Nutrition and Health
DIET 5070
Culinary and Medicinal Herbs
DIET 5100
Human Nutrition: Physiology and Metabolism I
DIET 5130
Human Nutrition: Physiology and Metabolism II
DIET 5210
Pediatric Nutrition
DIET 5220
Gerontological Nutrition
DIET 5300
Community Nutrition
DIET 5480
Nutrition Education and Counseling
DIET 5550
Nutr. & Physical Performance
DIET 5690
Bioenergetics of Exercise
DIET 5700
Exercise Testing And Prescription
DIET 5750
Gastronomy
DIET 5870
Seminar in Dietetics Research
DIET 5980
Graduate Reading Course
MOT 5150
Kinesiology
MOT 5250
Policy & Administration
MOT 5300
Fundamentals of OT Practice
MOT 5400
Occupational Therapy for Adults with Physical Dysfunction
MOT 5410
Occupational Therapy in Mental Health
MOT 5450
Occupational Performance & Assessment of Children and Youth
MOT 5550
Occupational Therapy for Adults with Neurological Dysfunction
MOT 5560
Occupational Therapy and Community Practice
MOT 5980
Independent Study
OCTH 5010
Foundations of Occupational Therapy: Theories, Domains and Processes
OCTH 5011
Fundamentals of Occupational Science
OCTH 6100
Occupational Science in Practice and Society
OCTH 6200
Professional Leadership and Public Policy
OCTH 6300
Conceptualizations and Applications of Occupational In/Justice
OCTH 6930
Special Topics
OCTH 6980
Independent Study in Occupational Therapy
DPT 4021
Kinesiology I
DPT 4122
Kinesiology II
DPT 4146
DPT 4226
Therapeutic Exercise
DPT 5123
Clinical Gait
DPT 5142
Evidence Based Practice
DPT 5149
Applied Neuroscience
DPT 5218
Effective Communication and Teaching
DPT 5930
Special Topics
DPT 5980
Independent Study
DPT 6124
Biomechanical Interventions
DPT 6178
Applied Administration and Management
DPT 6930
Special Topics
DPT 6980
Independent Study
MAT 5100
Kinesiology
MAT 5133
Lab Studies and Imaging
MAT 5160
Bioenergetics Human Performance
MAT 5620
Psychology of Sport and Injury
MAT 5650
Research in Athletic Training
MAT 6160
Enhancing Human Performance
MIT 6100
Masters Seminar II
PAED 5300
Evidence-Based Medicine
Concentration Interdisciplinary Courses6-9
BME 5150
Brain Computer Interface
BME 5210
Human Movement Biomechanics
BME 5320
Drug Delivery
BME 5400
Tissue-Material Interfaces
BME 5410
Tissue Engineering
BME 5420
Tissue Engineering Scaffold Fabrication Techniques
BME 5430
Regenerative Engineering
BME 5600
Quantitative Physiology I
BME 5650
Quantitative Physiology II
CHEM 5440
Bioorganic Chemistry
CHEM 5610
Biochemistry 1
CHEM 5615
Biochemistry 2
CHEM 5620
Biophysical Chemistry
CHEM 5630
Introduction to Chemical Biology and Biotechnology
CVNG 4190
Sustainable Land Development Engineering
CVNG 5260
Environmental Solutions in Developing Countries
CVNG 5450
Traffic Engineering
CVNG 5470
Urban Transportation Planning
MATH 5021
Introduction to Analysis
MATH 5023
Multivariable Analysis
MATH 5080
Probability Theory
ORES 5010
Introduction to Biostatistics for Health Outcomes
ORES 5150
Multivariate Analysis for Health Outcomes Research
ORES 5300
Foundations of Outcomes Research I
ORES 5430
Health Outcomes Measurement
ORES 5100
Research Methods in Health & Medicine
Total Credits15-21

Physics Concentration

Concentration Core Department9
PHYS 5010
Nanoscience and Nanofabrication Frontiers
PHYS 5020
Experimental Physics
PHYS 5030
Mathematical Methods in Physics
Concentration Interdisciplinary Course
Select two to three of the following:6-9
CHEM 5570
Group Theory & Spectroscopy
CHEM 5800
Fundamentals and Design of Nanomaterials
CHEM 5560
Solid State Chemistry
ECE 5132
Analog Integrated Circuit Design
ECE 5150
Filter Design
ECE 5235
Digital IC Design
Total Credits15-18

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
Core Course 3
 Credits3
Spring
Core Course 3
 Credits3
Summer
Core or Interdisciplinary Course 3
 Credits3
Year Two
Fall
Core or Interdisciplinary Course 3
 Credits3
Spring
Core or Interdisciplinary Course 3
 Credits3
Summer
Core or Interdisciplinary Course 3
 Credits3
Year Three
Fall
IAS 6010 Interdisciplinary Seminar 1
IAS 6030 Interdisciplinary Research 2
IAS 6990 Dissertation Research 3
 Credits6
Spring
IAS 6010 Interdisciplinary Seminar 1
IAS 6030 Interdisciplinary Research 2
IAS 6990 Dissertation Research 3
 Credits6
Summer
IAS 6990 Dissertation Research 3
 Credits3
Year Four
Fall
IAS 6010 Interdisciplinary Seminar 1
IAS 6030 Interdisciplinary Research 2
IAS 6990 Dissertation Research 3
 Credits6
Spring
IAS 6010 Interdisciplinary Seminar 1
IAS 6030 Interdisciplinary Research 2
 Credits3
 Total Credits42

Program Notes

  • Core courses are defined as lecture or lab course offered in concentration home department.
  • Interdisciplinary courses are defined as lecture or lab course offered outside of concentration home department.

For more information about our program, please contact:

Vasit Sagan, Ph.D.
Integrated and Applied Sciences Program Director
vasit.sagan@slu.edu