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Interdisciplinary Scholars Program

Academic Requirements

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Sophomore or Junior students majoring in any of the participating departments may apply. Criteria for selection as an HHMI Scholar include a genuine interest in interdisciplinary work, strong academic performance, and a commitment to research. In addition to the requirements of each major, every Interdisciplinary Scholar is required to complete:

  • One credit of Mathematics or quantitative work. This could be any course(s) numbered Math 114 or higher, or Economics 203 (Statistical Methods in Economics), Psychology 200 (Experimental Methods and Statistics), or Chemistry 304 or 305 (Physical Chemistry)
  • A total of at least four semesters of computer science and/or laboratory-based experimental science courses in two departments
  • An advanced course (one semester) that explores aspects of interdisciplinary science or math outside of the major
  • Two semesters of research with the faculty mentor.

Any other courses you wish to take to fulfill this or any other Interdisciplinary Scholars course requirement must be approved by the HHMI Steering Committee.

Taken as a whole, these requirements ensure a high degree of involvement in research and significant interdisciplinary coursework beyond any single major. All HHMI Scholars will also participate in the Undergraduate Science Research Symposium which is held in the fall, and will attend Journal Club meetings during the summer.

Applicants for the HHMI Interdisciplinary Scholars Program are required to take an advanced course (one credit) that explores aspects of interdisciplinary science or math outside of the major. The courses listed below can be applied toward this requirement. Half-credit courses are indicated explicitly; two of these (or one full credit course) would fulfill the requirement.

Any other courses which you wish to take to fulfill this (or any other) Interdisciplinary Scholars course requirement must have approval of the Committee.

Courses in Biology: (These courses count toward the requirement for students with majors other than biology.)
H300 Laboratory in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
H301 Advanced Genetic Analysis (half credit)
H303 Structure and Function of Macromolecules (half credit)
H304 Biochemistry: The Molecular Basis of Disease and Adaptation (half credit)
H309 Molecular Neurobiology (half credit)
H310 Molecular Microbiology (half credit)
H350 Pattern Formation in the Nervous System (half credit)
H351 Molecular Motors and Biological Nano-machines (half credit)
H354 Computational Genomics (half credit)
H357 Protein Design (half credit)
B202 Neurobiology and Behavior
B209 Environmental Toxicology
B304 Cell and Molecular Neurobiology
B341, B343 Introduction to Biochemistry
B396 Topics in Neural and Behavioral Science

Courses in Chemistry: (These courses count toward the requirement for students with majors other than chemistry.)
H304 Physical Chemistry I
H351 Bioinorganic Chemistry (half credit)
H352 Topics in Biophysical Chemistry (half credit)
H353 Topics in Materials Science (half credit)
H357 Topics in Bioorganic Chemistry (half credit)
B221 Physical Chemistry
B321 Advanced Physical Chemistry: Mathematical Modeling of Natural Processes
B322 Advanced Physical Chemistry: Surface Chemistry
B345 Advanced Biological Chemistry

Courses in Computer Science: (These courses count toward the requirement for students with majors other than computer science.)
H222 Introduction to Scientific Computing
H340 Analysis of Algorithms
H345 Theory of Computation
H393 Physics of Computation
H450 Computing Across the Sciences
B250 Computational Models in the Sciences
B361 Emergence

Courses in Geology: (These courses count toward the requirement for students with majors other than geology.)
B202 Mineralogy and Crystal Chemistry
B203 Paleobiology
B302 Low-temperature Geochemistry
B310 Introduction to Geophysics

Courses in Math: (These courses count toward the requirement for students with majors other than math.)
H204 Differential Equations
H222 Introduction to Scientific Computing
B251 Introduction to Chaotic Dynamical Systems
H397 Topics in Applied Math

Courses in Physics: (These courses count toward the requirement for students with majors other than physics.)
H320 Introduction to Biophysics

Courses in Psychology: (These courses count toward the requirement for students with majors other than psychology.)
H217 Biological Psychology
H240 Psychology of Pain and Pain Inhibition
H250 Biopsychology of Emotion and Personality
H260 Cognitive Neuroscience [this course is pending approval]
H317 Biological Psychology Laboratory (half credit)
H360 Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (half credit) [this laboratory is pending approval]
B218 Behavioral Neuroscience
B395 Psychopharmacology