Interdisciplinary Applied Science & Mathematics Ph.D. Program


ISAM-gears.jpgThere is widespread and growing recognition that important large-scale problems such as energy independence, global environmental stress remediation, and medical care for an aging population will necessitate the active participation of scientifically sophisticated workers from a wide range of disciplines.  To help train such skilled professionals capable of working in cutting-edge interdisciplinary fields, the Interdisciplinary Applied Science & Mathematics (ISAM) Ph.D. program is structured around the following specific goals: 

  1. To prepare skilled professionals for careers in applied science
  2. To provide a foundation for careers in basic scientific research
  3. To provide quantitative tools and knowledge to enhance workplace effectiveness
  4. To advance knowledge in basic and applied science and mathematics

The Wright State University ISAM Ph.D. program is unique in its focus, building upon the recognized expertise of a core group of program faculty, primarily within the College of Science and Mathematics.  The program focuses on three areas of technological and scientific importance:  

  1. Materials and Nanoscale Science and Technology Development 
  2. Modeling and Analysis for Physical and Biological Systems 
  3. Computational Problems in the Physical and Biological Sciences 

student in Chemistry Lab

The program is designed primarily for students possessing a B.S. or M.S. degree in mathematics, physics or other related technical disciplines.  The three focus areas are interdisciplinary by nature. They will provide students with the opportunity to develop high-demand quantitative skills in multiple applied scientific areas, while ensuring that they are well grounded in more traditional areas of mathematics, physics, chemistry, earth science, biology, and cognitive science.  By integrating these areas, the program emphasizes detailed analyses of the mechanisms underlying important scientific phenomena.