Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences Program Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.

Required courses

  • Core courses: 4
  • Electives or additional core courses: 4
  • Biostatistics

Non-credit required courses

  • IBIS 423 Ethics in biological research

Total required units: 8

Other PhD degree requirements

  • Examinations: qualifying examination during second year of study
  • Research/Projects: laboratory research based on dissertation proposal
  • PhD Dissertation: written dissertation; annual presentation of research-in-progress to thesis committee
  • Final Evaluations: defense consisting of written dissertation, oral defense of dissertation to thesis committee, and public presentation of research accomplishments
  • Publication: acceptance of at least one first-author data paper before defense
  • Teaching: two quarters as a teaching assistant
  • Other: three laboratory rotations in first year, intended to assist student in selecting thesis advisor; regular participation in seminars, journal clubs, and annual scientific retreat