Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs

NDSU Program Offerings

In our interdisciplinary programs, you can study and do research at the intersection of disciplines, where many of our world’s most pressing problems can be found.

NDSU offers interdisciplinary programs in the following areas of study:

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Environmental and Conservation Sciences
  • Genomics, Phenomics and Bioinformatics
  • Materials and Nanotechnology
  • STEM Education
  • College Teaching Certificate

For more information on these programs, see the program descriptions below.


Cellular and Molecular Biology

The Cellular and Molecular Biology (CMB) program provides cross-disciplinary research education and training, leading to a doctoral degree that prepares graduates for careers in academia, government, and industry. The program’s purpose is to provide students with a high-quality education that incorporates both breadth and depth in interdisciplinary training, as well as access to contemporary technology and facilities. 

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Environmental and Conservation Sciences

The graduate program in Environmental and Conservation Sciences (ECS) can culminate in a master’s or doctoral degree. Our integrative curriculum and our multidisciplinary team approach emphasize the common ground shared by all sciences, and seek to bridge methodological and philosophical boundaries that might hinder interdisciplinary communication and cooperation.

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Genomics, Phenomics and Bioinformatics

The Genomics, Phenomics and Bioinformatics (GP&B) program spans all colleges performing life science research at NDSU. Ph.D. and M.S. degrees are offered with three program areas: functional genomics, phenomics and bioinformatics.

Faculty in the program have broad research focuses including plant and human growth and development, reproduction, and defense against abiotic and biotic stresses. Currently, 27 faculty members are associated with the program.

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Materials and Nanotechnology

The Materials and Nanotechnology (MNT) program spans several colleges and centers at NDSU. 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
  • Targeted drug delivery

Roughly 30 faculty members from a range of departments across campus contribute to the MNT program as advisers, mentors, and professors.

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Discipline-Based Education Research

The interdisciplinary Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) PhD program prepares students to be college faculty. Graduates of the program will have a strong foundation of skills and knowledge to conduct research on teaching and learning at the collegiate level and will be ready to teach both undergraduate and graduate levels in their selected STEM discipline. 

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