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Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs

The Cellular and Molecular Biology (CMB) program is an interdisciplinary program providing cross-disciplinary research education and training leading to a doctoral degree that prepares graduates for careers in academia, government, and industry. The purpose of the CMB program is to provide students with a high quality education incorporating both breadth and depth in interdisciplinary training, as well as access to contemporary technology and facilities; to provide NDSU investigators with a highly qualified and appropriate graduate student researchers for their scientific investigations; and to provide the community of science with new scientists who are cross-trained in cellular and molecular pedagogy and techniques in order that complex systems questions can be addressed for the advancement of knowledge and the benefit of the population. The program utilizes interdepartmental courses, advanced equipment and technology, and cutting edge facilities both in individual laboratories and in shared cores to facilitate graduate training in diverse areas spanning multiple departments and colleges. Click here for the CMB faculty list.

The graduate program leading to an M.S. or a Ph.D. in Environmental and Conservation Sciences (ECS) rests on an integrative curriculum and a multidisciplinary team approach. The program emphasizes the common ground shared by all sciences, and seeks to bridge methodological and philosophical boundaries that might hinder interdisciplinary communication and cooperation.

The process by which food gets from the farm to the plate has drastically changed over the past 50 years (World Health Organization).  While the world’s population has always been subject to food borne illnesses, food contamination occurring in one place today, has the potential to impact the health of consumers living on the other side of the planet.  Food borne illnesses cause not only health issues, but also economic and social impacts.  This means that everyone working in the chain, from producer to consumer, must have knowledge of food safety. The interdisciplinary graduate program in Food Safety was developed in consideration of these concepts. Students will gain experiences in the diverse disciplines important to food safety including, microbiology, toxicology, epidemiology, food law, risk assessment- management, and crises communication. The program is open to students from diverse backgrounds, and offers a number of degree options. 

The Genomics and Bioinformatics (G&B) program is an interdisciplinary graduate program that spans all colleges performing life science research at NDSU. PhD and MS degrees are offered in two program areas: Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics. Faculty involved in the program work on understanding the whole genome systems underlying phenotypic differences in all forms of life, from virus to eukaryotes. Historically, plants have been the primary focus for most program participants. Topic areas include growth and development, reproduction, and defense against abiotic and biotic stresses.  Currently, 21 faculty members are associated with the G&B program.

The Materials and Nanotechnology (MNT) program is an interdisciplinary graduate program that spans several colleges and centers at NDSU, although the effort is primarily supported by the College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Engineering and Architecture, and the Graduate School. Both PhD and MS degrees are offered. Areas of focus include nanoparticle/polymer synthesis, optical and electronic sensing, flexible electronics, nanocomposites and coatings, sustainable materials, biomedical engineering, and targeted drug delivery. Roughly 30 faculty members from a range of departments across campus contribute to the MNT program as advisors, mentors, and professors.

Natural Resources Management studies at North Dakota State University prepare students for careers that require an understanding of the social, biological and physical aspects of managing natural resources for their highest and best uses for society while maintaining the integrity of natural systems. Because this program emphasizes problem solving it prepares students to deal with issues that reach beyond a single discipline or subject area.

This interdisciplinary program prepares future college faculty whose research focuses on teaching and learning at the collegiate level and who can successfully teach at the undergraduate and graduate level in their selected STEM discipline.

The STEM Education PhD program works in collaboration with (a) existing educational research programs in STEM disciplines (i.e., Biological Sciences,Chemistry & Biochemistry, Mathematics,  Physics); (b) NDSU's College Teaching Certificate Program; and (c) extramurally-funded STEM educational research projects already established at NDSU.

North Dakota State University offers interdisciplinary programs leading to the a Ph.D. degree in Transportation and Logistics, Master of Transportation and Urban Systems, Master of Managerial Logistics and a Graduate certificate in Transportation and Urban Systems. The Transportation and Logistics (TL) program is a joint effort of the colleges of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources; Business; Engineering; as well as the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute.

The following departments actively participate in the program: Agribusiness and Applied Economics; Civil Engineering; Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering; Management and Marketing; Geosciences; and Emergency Management. The programs are offered by the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies and coordinated by the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute (UGPTI). Dr. Denver Tolliver, director of UGPTI, is the TL program director. Dr. Joseph Szmerekovsky, of the Department of Management and Marketing, is the associate director.

Solving Real World Problems: An Interdisciplinary Celebration of Research

Braden Weight was the undergraduate winner of the first annual "Solving Real World Problems: An Interdisciplinary Celebration of Research" poster competition at NDSU, held Nov 18, 2016.


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