(Some of) OEB/IB's Class of '16. Congratulations!
Integrative Biology (IB), formerly known as Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB), embraces Biology as a whole, aiming to make sense of, and connect, the many different levels -- molecular, cellular, genetic, developmental, physiological, anatomical, ecological, phylogenetic -- at which biological systems are analyzed. In particular, the focus is on evolution, the strand that ties together all of biology: from the adaptive specifics of a membrane pore to grand events in the history of life, such as the Cambrian Explosion, when, 540 million years ago, life went in a single bound from simple to complex. But adaptive evolution is a response to the demands of the environment, whether this is the environment within a cell or an ecological community of interacting organisms. Integrative Biology therefore is inherently inter-disciplinary, encompassing mathematical and computational biology, functional and genetic approaches to morphology and development, as well as genetics, evolution, and ecology.
For information on faculty and their research, see the OEB Department Website
Students who are considering IB as a concentration are encouraged to complete the three introductory courses (Life Sciences 1a, 1b, OEB 10) by the end of their sophomore year. From the firm foundation of a series of introductory courses, students explore one or more areas in depth by taking upper-level courses. Students are encouraged to follow their own interests through the concentration, but we have put together some "suggested pathways" (i.e., suggested combinations of mid-level and upper-level courses) for perennially popular areas along with lists of faculty with expertise in these areas: