Sample Schedules (2011-12)

Students must complete the 4 required Core Courses, 4 Elective courses, and 4 quarters of the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Seminar within the first and second years. In addition, students must complete 3 quarters of Research Rotations within the first year. Samples schedules are shown below. The quarters in which particular classes are offered may vary each year.

Example 1:

Year 1: Fall Winter Spring
Bioinformatics I Bioinformatics II Bioinformatics III
    Bioinformatics IV
BGGN 220: Molecular Biology CHEM 221/BGGN 230: Signal Transduction BENG 125: Modeling
CSE 101: Algorithms BENG 212: Systems Biology II SOMI 226 or BIOM 219: Ethics
BNFO 298: Research Rotation BNFO 298: Research Rotation BNFO 298: Research Rotation
BNFO 281: Colloquium BNFO 281: Colloquium  
Student Seminar Student Seminar Student Seminar
Year 2: Fall Winter Spring
MATH 274: Numerical Methods   BGGN 223: Genetics
BNFO 299: Thesis Research BNFO 299: Thesis Research BNFO 299: Thesis Research
BNFO 281: Colloquium BNFO 281: Colloquium  
Student Seminar Student Seminar Student Seminar

Example 2:

Year 1: Fall Winter Spring
Bioinformatics I Bioinformatics II Bioinformatics III
    Bioinformatics IV
BGGN 220: Molecular Biology CSE 202: Algorithms BENG 125: Modeling
BENG 211: Systems Biology I BENG 212: Systems Biology II SOMI 226 or BIOM 219: Ethics
BNFO 298: Research Rotation BNFO 298: Research Rotation BNFO 298: Research Rotation
BNFO 281: Colloquium BNFO 281: Colloquium  
Student Seminar Student Seminar Student Seminar
Year 2: Fall Winter Spring
CSE 250A: Artificial Intelligence CHEM 221: Signal Transduction  
BNFO 299: Thesis Research BNFO 299: Thesis Research BNFO 299: Thesis Research
BNFO 281: Colloquium BNFO 281: Colloquium  
Student Seminar Student Seminar Student Seminar

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 end of the Spring Quarter. Students must have identified a research advisor prior to the start of the 2nd year to be in good academic standing.

Additionally in Year 2, students will begin preparing for their qualifying examination by giving presentations for the Student Seminars.

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.