Sample Schedules (2008-9)

New policy enacted Jan. 2009

Applies to students admitted for AY 2008-9 only.

In addition to 3 quarters of research rotations, students must complete the 4 compulsory Bioinformatics core courses; and, either test out of, or select at least 4 courses from the 7 elective areas. The quarters that particular classes are offered each year may vary.

Example 1: Sample Program (Year 1)

A student with an undergraduate background in biology might make the following course selections:
 

Fall Winter Spring Summer
Bioinformatics I Bioinformatics II Bioinformatics III  
    Bioinformatics IV  
  CSE 200 CSE 101  
Test Out: CHEM 114A CHEM 221 Test Out: BICD 110  
Elective Elective Elective  
  Research Rotation Research Rotation Research Rotation

Example 2: Sample Program (Year 1)

A sample program for a student with an undergraduate degree in computer science and engineering might be structured as follows:
 

Fall Winter Spring Summer
Bioinformatics I Bioinformatics II Bioinformatics III  
    Bioinformatics IV  
  CHEM 221 CHEM 213  
Test Out: CSE 101 MATH280A Test Out: CSE 132A  
Elective Elective Elective  
  Research Rotation Research Rotation Research Rotation

Year 2

All students, regardless of their background and elective track, are expected to identify a thesis research laboratory and join that laboratory by the beginning (Fall quarter) of their second year. Additionally in Year 2, students will begin preparing for their qualifying examination and will participate in advanced seminar courses and journal clubs identified by program faculty.

End of Year 2 through 5

  • Spring of 2nd year or earlier - Qualifying Examination
  • Spring of 3rd year or earlier - Advance to Candidacy
  • End of 5th year - Thesis, Thesis Defense, and Ph.D.