Overview of the MSIG Program

Focus on a new area of biological research.

 A Master of Science degree in Integrative Genomics is a new area of biological research that seeks to place the functional significance of an organism’s many genes into an ecological and evolutionary context. Integrative Genomics allows scientists to understand the success story that each species represents.

  1. Black Hills State University's MSIG program provides many unique opportunities:

    1. Location: We are situated in the Black Hills, which provides a natural laboratory for Integrative Genomics. We are also close to the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) at Homestake Mine, allowing for collaboration with other major universities (to study, for example, the meta-genomics of the unique microbial communities found in extreme environments).
    2. Faculty: Our faculty encompass a variety of professional areas and interests:
      1. evolution and genetics
      2. ecological genetics
      3. conservation biology
      4. plant and animal physiology
      5. molecular biology
      6. molecular ecology
      7. functional ecology
      8. signal transduction
      9. statistical genetics
      10. microbiology
      11. transcript profiling
      12. behavior genetic analysis
    3. Facilities: Our state-of-the-art Ecological Genomics and Conservation Genetics laboratories and the Western South Dakota DNA Core Facility are among the modern laboratories that exist on our campus.
    4. Research: Research at BHSU involves various collaborations at major institutions.

Integrative Genomics Graduate Student Handbook