Master of Science in Integrative Genomics - Learning Outcomes

The program is designed to provide students seeking a MSIG the necessary skills and intellectual background to work cooperatively with others in a research area that takes a systems-wide approach and incorporates an organism’s history and natural environment to understand the organization and expression of its many genes and gene products.

The students should be able to:

  • Identify the organisms and areas in ecology and evolution that link best to genomics and specifically functional genomics
  • Be familiar with, and in some cases have a working knowledge of, the
    • Molecular,
    • Statistical, and
    • Database tools for genomic analyses.

Specifically, the program will emphasize the areas of:

  • Genome comparisons,
  • Structure and function in communities,
  • Life history patterns,
  • Stress responses, and
  • Recent advances in the field of genomics.

Major competencies include:

  • Using equipment associated with
    • Gene discovery,
    • Sequencing genomes, and
    • Transcript profiling,
  • Being able to analyze data and think critically about one’s own research and that of others,
  • Communicating results effectively both orally and in writing, and
  • Working as part of a research team.

Students in the internship track will also take a marketing course and learn about the basics of marketing and management. Instead of conducting their own research, they will do an internship with a biotechnology company to learn about the business and gain technical and analytical skills.