Bioinformatics and computational biology (BCB) are new disciplines emerging from the application of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. They explain the vast quantities of biological data that modern molecular techniques have made available.
The emphasis of the BCB degree is on active, interdisciplinary collaborations. A degree in BCB requires coursework and practical experience in biology, mathematics, statistics, and computer science. The focus of the degree is on learning to develop and use computational and mathematical tools to analyze biological data.
Initial participants include faculty members from eight departments or divisions: Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, and Biochemistry, Plant, Soil, and Entomological Sciences, Fish and Wildlife Resources, Forest Resources, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science. These academic units span 4 colleges and one institute: Science, Natural Resources, Agricultural and Life Sciences, Engineering, and WWAMI.
The Graduate Program in Neuroscience at the University of Idaho was established in 2003 as a multi-disciplinary program offering the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees. The purpose of the program is to provide the organizational framework for the study of the nervous system by faculty, students and fellows who are academically affiliated in the different colleges and who have a different focus within the field of neuroscience.
Neuroscience faculty is drawn from eleven departments and programs in four colleges (College of Science, College of Engineering, College of Education and the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. These faculty members are available to serve as major professors for Neuroscience graduate students and on Neuroscience graduate student committees.