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GCB students are required to take 7 “core” courses. These requirements will help achieve a more uniform core knowledge among GCB students. The courses are:

The remaining courses will consist of electives of the student’s choice for a total of 10 courses (6 for combined degree students). In Year 1, students will be expected to take 3 courses per semester (plus rotations). In Year 2 that number is reduced, and students will be expected to take 2 courses per semester (plus pre-dissertation research). They will receive 2 CUs per semester for their Pre-Dissertation research, and are expected to put more time into their lab work than they did as first year students.

Sample schedule:

PhD

Fall

Spring

Summer

Year 1

GCB 534 (1 CU)

GCB 536 (1 CU)

Elective (1 CU)

Rotation 1 (1 CU)

GCB 537 (1 CU)

BIOM 555 (1 CU)

Elective

Rotation 2 (1 CU)

Rotation 3 (1 CU)

Pre-dissertation research (1 CU)

Year 2

Elective (1 CU)

Elective (1 CU)

Pre-dissertation research (2 CUs)

GCB 752 (1 CU)

Elective (1 CU)

Pre-dissertation research (2 CUs)

Qualifying review (mid-May)

Oral defense (late May)

Combined degree

Year 3 (Year 1 of PhD)

GCB 534 (1 CU)

GCB 536 (1 CU)

STAT or Approach Elective (1 CU)

Rotation 2 (1 CU)

GCB 537 (1 CU)

STAT or Approach Elective (1 CU)

Rotation 3 (.5 CU)

Pre-dissertation research (1.5 CU)

Qualifying review (mid-May)

Oral defense (late May)

Qualifying Approach and Biological Specialty Courses:

Approach Courses

Biological Specialty Courses

CIS 502: Algorithms (Fall)

BIOL 410: Advanced Evolution (Fall)

CIS 519: Intro to Machine Learning (Fall)

BIOL 485: RNA World (Spring)

CIS 520: Machine Learning (Fall)

CAMB 547: Fundamental Virology (Fall)

CIS 550: Databases (Fall)

CAMB 548: Bacteriology (Fall)

CIT 590: Programming Languages and Techniques (Fall)

CAMB 549: Parasites and Parasitism (Fall)

STAT 512: Mathematical Statistics (Spring)

GCB 493: Epigenetics of Human Health (Spring)

NGG 584: Neurobiology of Sleep Circadian Rhythms (Fall)

This list is not exhaustive, and additional qualifying courses may be approved by the Advising Committee and GCB Chair.