Program of Study

All IDEAS students receive a PhD in Ecology from the Odum School of Ecology. However, in addition to those Odum graduate requirements (see below), IDEAS trainees also complete specific coursework which comprises the IDEAS program of study.

 

The matriculation summary to the right outlines how IDEAS students complete their School of Ecology and IDEAS coursework within five years.

 

IDEAS Requirements

 

  • ECOL 8510 – Fundamentals of Disease Biology I (4)
  • ECOL 8520 – Fundamentals of Disease Biology II (4)
  • GRSC 8550 – Responsible Conduct of Research (1)
  • IDIS (ECOL) 8240 - Journal Club (1)
  • ECOL 8540 – Computational Workshop (6)
  • Elective – Disciplinary coursework (3)
  • Elective – Technical coursework (3)
  • ECOL 8530 – IDEAS Capstone (3)

 

Required for all Students Pursuing a Ph.D. in Ecology

 

  • ECOL 8000 – Topics in Modern Ecology (3)
  • ECOL(PBIO)(WILD) 8310 – Population Ecology (3)
  • ECOL(WILD) 8322 – Concepts and Approached in Ecosystem Ecology (4)
  • ECOL 8060 – Ecology Seminar Series (1)

 

Total Hours: 37

 

 

Electives – Disciplinary & Technical Training

 

IDEAS students are required to take disciplinary and technical coursework. Course selections are made in consultation with a student's advisory committee and primary advisors. Please note: The following is not exhaustive. If a trainee believes that particular course should be included in their individual course of study, it will be taken into consideration.

 

Disciplinary courses (choose one)

 

  • ECOL (PBIO)(WILD) 8310 – Population Ecology (3)
  • ECOL(WILD) 8322 – Concepts and Approached in Ecosystem Ecology (4)
  • GENE 8150 – Fundamentals of Evolutionary Genetics
  • GENE 8160 – Advanced Evolutionary Genetics
  • GENE 8420 – Molecular Ecology
  • CBIO 8010 – Molecular Cell Biology
  • CBIO(IDIS) 8100 – Advanced Immunology
  • BCMB(CBIO)(GENE) 8212 – Advanced Genetics, Cell Biology, Biochemistry &

                                                          Molecular Biology II

  • CBIO 8500 – Biology of Parasitism

Technical courses (choose one)

 

  • EPID(BIOS) 8060 – Modern Applied Data Analysis
  • EPID 8500 – Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • EPID(ECOL)(IDIS) 8515 – Modeling Infectious Disease
  • FANR 8400-8400L – Advanced Spatial Analysis for Natural Resources
  • IDIS 8080L – Advanced Molecular Techniques
  • POPH(IDIS)(MIBO) 8200 – Molecular Virology and Experimental Design
  • MIBO 8900 – Research Techniques in Microbiology
  • STAT 8060 – Computing Techniques in Statistics I
  • STAT 8070 – Computing Techniques in Statistics II
  • BIOS(STAT) 8140 – Multilevel and Hierarchal Models
  • ECOL 8910 – Perspectives on Computational Ecology

 

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