Sample Curricula for First and Second-Year BCB Graduate Students

Summary of First Year Course Requirements for BCB Majors

All first year Ph.D. and M.S. degree candidates must:

  • take courses to complete BCB Background Coursework Requirements;
  • take the required BCB core courses suggested by temporary adviser;
    • BCB 567 - Fundamentals of Genomic Informatics and
    • BCB 568 - Advanced Genomic Informatics and
    • GDCB 511 - Molecular Genetics
  • attend BCB 691 - BCB Faculty Research Seminar (Fall)
  • participate in BCB 690 - BCB Student Research Seminar (Spring); and
  • take courses to fulfill the BCB Bioethics training requirement.

After the First Year

  • Students should register for BCB 699 - Research (rather than BCB 697 - Research Rotation) every semester. Number of credits for BCB 699 will vary depending on other courses taken; students should register for a total of 12 credits every Fall and Spring semester, and a total of 2 credits every Summer semester.
  • Students should register for courses to complete Advanced Group Requirements, following the recommendations of their major and co-major professors and POS committee.
  • Students should refer to the Summary of BCB Requirements for specific credit hour requirements for seminars, workshops, etc.

Sample Curricula for First and Second-Year BCB Graduate Students

Three examples of first and second year programs for students with prior training in computer science and biological sciences:

First Example - Year 1
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BCB 567 - Bioinformatics I 3 BCB 568 - Bioinformatics II 3
Stat 430 3 GDCB 511 3
BCB 593 - Workshop (if offered) 1 GR ST 565 ~ 1
BCB 691 - Faculty Research Seminar 1 BCB 690 - Student Seminar 1
BCB 697 - Research Rotation 2-3 BCB 697 - Research Rotation 3-4
       
Total Credit Hours 12   12
* BCB 593 Workshop is offered various semesters (F S SS), but at least once each year

 

Year 2
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BCB 569 - Bioinformatics III 3 BCB 570 - Bioinformatics IV 3
BCB 593 - Workshop (if offered) 1 GR ST 565 ~ 1
BCB 699 - Research with Major Professor 8 BCB 699 - Research With Major Professor 7-8
       
Total Credit Hours 12   12
* BCB 593 Workshop is offered various semesters (F S SS), but at least once each year

 

Second Example - Year 1
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BCB 567 - Bioinformatics I 3 BCB 568 - Bioinformatics II 3
Stat 430 3 ComS 311 3
BCB 593 - Workshop (if offered) 1 GR ST 565 ~ 1
BCB 691 - Faculty Research Seminar 1 BCB 690 - Student Seminar 1
BCB 697 - Research Rotation 2-3 BCB 697 - Research Rotation 3-4
       
Total Credit Hours 12   12
* BCB 593 Workshop is offered various semesters (F S SS), but at least once each year

 

Year 2
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BCB 569 - Bioinformatics III 3 BCB 570 - Bioinformatics IV 3
BCB 699 - Research with Major Professor 9 BCB 699 - Research With Major Professor 9
       
Total Credit Hours 12   12

 

Third Example - Year 1
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

BCB 567 - Bioinformatics I

3 BCB 568 - Bioinformatics II 3
Stat 430 3 GDCB 511 3
BCB 593 - Workshop (if offered)* 1 GR ST 565 ~ 1
BCB 691 - Faculty Research Seminar 1 BCB 690 - Student Seminar 1
BCB 697 - Research Rotation 2-3 BCB 697 - Research Rotation 3-4
       
Total Credit Hours 12   12
* BCB 593 Workshop is offered various semesters (F S SS), but at least once each year

 

Year 2
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BCB 569 - Bioinformatics III 3 BCB 570 - Bioinformatics IV 3
ComS 311 3 GR ST 565 ~ 1
BCB 699 - Research with Major Professor 6 BCB 699 - Research With Major Professor 7-8
       
Total Credit Hours 12   12
* BCB 593 Workshop is offered various semesters (F S SS), but at least once each year

Students without Biology prerequisites, but with strong Computer Science background:

Year 1
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
Biol 313 3 BBMB 316 3
Stat 430 3 GDCB 511 3
BCB 691 - Faculty Research Seminar 3 BCB 690 - Student Seminar 3
BCB 697 - Research Rotation 1 BCB 697 - Research Rotation 1
       
Total Credit Hours 12   12

 

Year 2
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BCB 567 - Bioinformatics I 3 BCB 568 - Bioinformatics II 3
Biol 315 3 BCB 570 - Bioinformatics IV 3
BCB 569 - Bioinformatics III 3 BCB 699 - Research With Major Professor 6
BCB 699 - Research with Major Professor 3 GR ST 565 ~ 1
       
Total Credit Hours 12   12
* BCB 593 Workshop is offered various semesters (F S SS), but at least once each year

Two examples of first, second and third year programs for students without computer science prerequisites, but with strong Biology background.

First Example -Year 1
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
Com S 227 3 Com S 228 3
Stat 430 3 Com S 330 3
BCB 593 - Workshop (if offered) 1 GDCB 511 3
BCB 691 - Faculty Research Seminar 1 BCB 690 - Student Seminar 1
BCB 697 - Research Rotation 2-3 BCB 697 - Research Rotation 2
       
Total Credit Hours 12   12
* BCB 593 Workshop is offered various semesters (F S SS), but at least once each year

 

Year 2
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BCB 567 - Bioinformatics I 3 BCB 568 - Bioinformatics II 3
Com S 311 1 BCB 570 - Bioinformatics IV 3
BCB 699 - Research with Major Professor 8 BCB 699 - Research With Major Professor 6
       
Total Credit Hours 12   12

 

Year 3
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BCB 569 - Bioinformatics III 3    
BCB 699 - Research with Major Professor 9 BCB 699 - Research with Major Professor 12
       
Total Credit Hours 12   12

 

Second Example -Year 1
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
Com S 228 3 Com S 330 3
Stat 430 3 GDCB 511 3
BCB 593 - Workshop (if offered)* 1 GR ST 565 ~ 1
BCB 697 - Research Rotations 3-4 BCB 697 - Research Rotations 4-5
       
Total Credit Hours 12   12
* BCB 593 Workshop is offered various semesters (F S SS), but at least once each year

 

Year 2
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BCB 567 - Bioinformatics I 3 BCB 568 - Bioinformatics II 3
Com S 311 1 BCB 570 - Bioinformatics IV 3
BCB 699 - Research with Major Professor 8 BCB 699 - Research with Major Professor 6
       
Total Credit Hours 12   12

 

Year 3
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BCB 569 - Bioinformatics III 3    
BCB 699 - Research with Major Professor 9 BCB 699 - Research With Major Professor 12
       
Total Credit Hours 12   12

Example program for students without Statistics prerequisites and computer science, but with strong Biology background:

Year 1
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
Com S 227 3 Com S 228 3
Stat 341 3 GDCB 511 3
BCB 593 - Workshop (if offered) 1    
BCB 691 - Faculty Seminar 1 BCB 690 - Student Seminar 1
BCB 697 - Research Rotation 2-3 BCB 697 - Research Rotations 5
       
Total Credit Hours 12   12
* BCB 593 Workshop is offered various semesters (F S SS), but at least once each year

 

Year 2
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
Stat 430 3 ComS 311 3
Com S 330 3    
BCB 699 - Research with Major Professor 4-5 BCB 699 - Research With Major Professor 9
       
Total Credit Hours 12   12

 

Year 3
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BCB 567 - Bioinformatics I 3 BCB 568 - Bioinformatics II 3
BCB 569 - Bioinformatics III 3 BCB 570 - Bioinformatics IV 3
BCB 699 - Research with Major Professor 6 BCB 699 - Research With Major Professor 6
       
Total Credit Hours 12   12
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