Curriculum Overview (-2008)

Applies to students admitted AY 2007-8 and earlier.

Specific fields of emphasis:

  • Biological Data & Analysis Tools
  • Sequence Analysis
  • Genomic Analysis
  • Statistical Methods for Bioinformatics

The Bioinformatics graduate program is organized around a formal course requirement consisting of 3 quarters of course work, with enrollment in 4 four-unit courses each quarter. One four-unit course in each quarter will be a research rotation in the laboratory of a Program faculty mentor. Research rotations in the first year may begin during Winter quarter of the first year. The remaining 9 courses will include 4 compulsory core courses and 5 courses to be chosen from a list of electives approved by the Advising Committee. All required or recommended courses for the degree must be taken for a letter grade; students must obtain a "B" or better. Any non-progam courses need program consent. Refer to the section on good academic standing and satisfactory progress in this handbook.

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.