Curriculum Overview (2009-10)

New policy effective Fall 2009

This page will be updated shortly. The information below is from last school year.

New policy enacted Jan. 2009

Applies to students admitted AY 2008-9 only. Select other years from the menu on the left.

The Interdisciplinary Bioinformatics Graduate Program is organized around a formal course requirement. There are four compulsory core courses and four courses to be chosen from a list of electives approved by the Curriculum Committee. One four-unit course in the winter and spring quarters as well as the summer sessions will be a research rotation in the laboratory of a program faculty mentor.

The electives are intended to maximize the flexibility of the program, but at least one course must be chosen from the biology field and one from the computer science and engineering field. The faculty advisor(s) will pay particular attention to deficits in the background of each student and will assist in making appropriate course choices from the elective fields. Students electing to take any of the undergraduate courses listed in these fields will receive an additional course component in order to make it equivalent to a graduate level course. Students have the option to test out of a field by passing an exam designed by the faculty committee. This exam will fulfill one of the breadth requirements of the program.

It is the general policy of the program to be as adaptable as possible to the needs of the individual student. The faculty advisory committee will work closely with students to identify what might be lacking in a particular curriculum program.