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Graduate curricula at UCSF in Bioinformatics (BI), Biophysics (BP), and Complex Biological Systems (CBS) all share a common core curriculum under an umbrella called the Integrative Program in Quantitative Biology (iPQB). That common core curriculum is reflected below.
Year one requirements
|Term||Required courses||Other requirements|
Complete First Rotation
Journal Clubs (QBC and iPQB)
Pizza Talks, Faculty speak
ALL: Complete Proposal and Mini Oral
And select one of the below:
And select one of the below:
Complete Second Rotation
Students will take a portion of the Ethical Conduct of Science course in Spring of year 1. The bul of this course will be taken in year 2.
3 mini courses
Those interested in BP 205 B (Systems) will note that this course has been converted to three Spring mini courses. Those interested in the designate emphasis in Complex Biological Systems must take two of the three Systems mini courses.
Complete third rotation
End of spring
Select: Biophysics or BMI
Optional: Systems Biology Emphasis (Must be declared at time of qualifying exam. Must take BP 205 A and the two Spring Systems mini courses)
- Bootcamp: Two-week immersion that provides basic competency and breadth before the start of the formal curriculum. Fosters group cohesion while breaking down barriers of scientific communication and provides a level playing field.
- Rotations: 3 ten-week rotations starting Fall quarter. Must include at least 1 experimental and 1 computational. Details: Selecting rotations and a research advisor.
- Curriculum Selection: While program selection is not required until end of spring, appropriate corresponding coursework must be taken. If corresponding coursework is not taken in year one, it must be completed in year two.
- Mini courses: Two-week elective courses that allow for diversification of curriculum. Each student will take 3 mini courses in spring quarter. One of them must be outside iPQB.
- Advising: Rotations and coursework must be approved by your assigned academic advisor.
Additional year one requirements
BP 215/BMI 221
3 units each, 3 rotations
3 ten - week rotations (one per quarter), at least 1 experimental, 1 computational
BBC Journal Club
Journal club presentations by first- and second-year students in iPQB, CCB, and PSPG graduate programs.
Graduate research opportunities
BMI 224 for both programs
Additional requirements for the duration of your time in the program
BP 220/BMI 220
Research seminars presented by visiting scientists
iPQB Journal Club
No course number
Journal club presentations by first- and second-year iPQB students (required)
Year two requirements
Must complete by end of second year
|(If selecting an emphasis in Complex Biological Systems, this must be declared at time of qualifying exam)|
(every quarter, year two and forward)
BP 250/BMI 250
Research in your thesis lab; sign up every quarter in years two to six
Ethical Conduct of Science
Ethical Conduct of Science course
One quarter teaching assistant position in iPQB or School of Pharmacy
QBC Journal Club
Journal club presentations by first- and second-year students in the iPQB, CCB, and PSPG programs
Details: QBC Journal Club requirements
|Support for fellowship applications|
Year three requirements and beyond
Advancement to candidacy
Within 6 months following qualifying examination
Annual thesis meetings, year three and forward
On or around the anniversary of your qualifying examination
Thesis meetings are to be held at least once per year following completion of oral examination
Those who have not graduated by Winter of 6th year must retake Ethical Conduct of Science
Spring 1 unit
|Ethical Conduct of Science must be taken once every 4 years|
Sometime in either the fourth or fifth year all students give a talk on their research at the iPQB program retreat.
Students are expected to graduate within six years of starting the program. Details: Six-year policy. In order to graduate you must submit your thesis to the Graduate Division and give a thesis seminar. Extending time in the program beyond six years is subject to the approval of the iPQB Executive Committee.
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