Areas of Study

All students in the Masters-to-PhD Bridge program begin by working toward a Masters degree in physics or biology or chemistry. Thus all students complete a core set of graduate-level courses in phyiscs or biology or chemistry (see the program requirements for more details). In addition, electives are chosen in consultation with the student’s Fisk and Vanderbilt advisors based upon the intended area of PhD study. The areas of PhD study currently available to Bridge program students are listed here, along with the Vanderbilt department or program corresponding to each:

Vanderbilt Department or Program Area of PhD Study
Department of Physics & Astronomy
  • Astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology
  • Biological physics
  • Condensed matter physics
  • Nuclear and particle physics
  • Medical and health physics
Department of Biological Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Genetics
  • Neurobiology
  • Structural Biology
Interdisciplinary Graduate Program
  • Biological Sciences
  • Cancer Biology
  • Chemical and Physical Biology
  • Human Genetics
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
  • Neurosciences
  • Pharmacology
Interdisciplinary Program in Materials Science
  • Carbon nanostructures
  • Cellular-nanostructure interface
  • Nanoscale devices and nanocrystals
  • Spintronics in nano-structured materials
  • Linear and non-linear optical properties of nanoparticles
Department of Chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Polymer chemistry
Vanderbilt Institute for Imaging Science
  • Cancer and cardiovascular imaging
  • Cellular and molecular imaging
  • Functional and structural neuro-imaging
  • Image processing and analysis
  • Physics of imaging and spectroscopy