Curriculum & Timeline First Year

The first year of graduate study is spent completing coursework, exploring research opportunities, and doing laboratory rotations.  Graduate students in the Biological Sciences Division are required to take nine credits of coursework for the Ph.D. program.

FORMAL COURSEWORK:  

GGSB has two tracks, 1) Empirical Track and 2) “Computational Track. While the two tracks are united by the common goals of using genetic, genomic, and systems biology approaches to address important biological questions, the training focuses are different. Training in the Empirical Track is emphasizes experimental techniques, especially those quantitative in nature, while the “Computational Track trains students in building computational skills.  

CHOICE #1: GGSB EMPIRICAL TRACK (4 REQUIRED COURSES AND 4 ELECTIVES PLUS 2 ROTATIONS)

CHOICE #2: GGSB COMPUTATIONAL TRACK - (3 REQUIRED COURSES AND 3 CORE ELECTIVES PLUS 2 ADDITIONAL ELECTIVES PLUS 2 ROTATIONS)

ROTATIONS:  Students are required to undertake short research projects in at least two different laboratories before beginning their dissertation research. These rotations occur during the Winter or Spring and Summer quarters of the first academic year. Winter or Spring quarter rotations are 10 weeks long (part-time). Summer quarter rotations are five weeks long (full-time).

ALLSTARS: All first year students in the Molecular Biosciences Cluster are required to participate in Introduction to Research (also known as "AllStars"), held in the Autumn quarter. This course is designed to provide incoming students with information on research opportunities available in the labs of various faculty members.     

PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION:  In September, before beginning the second year, students take a Preliminary Examination as a first step towards candidacy for their Ph.D. T

Click below for a list of GGSB course descriptions and student tracks: