iBio Course Requirements

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iBio Course Requirements

During their Ph.D. studies, students must take at least 6 s.h. of lecture-based courses, chosen from the list below. If a student is required to take any lecture courses to make up for undergraduate deficiencies (e.g., Physics, Biochemistry, or Fundamental Genetics Lecture), these do not count towards the 6 s.h. minimum. Most students will take more than the minimum during their graduate career.

For M.S. students, at least one advanced lecture course must be taken. However, to fulfill the required 21 s.h. total, it is likely that several will be taken in the course of study.

All continuing iBio students (Ph.D. and M.S.) must enroll in the COSMOS Fall Graduate Seminar Series (1 s.h.) each Fall semester and must participate by giving research seminars as scheduled.

I. First year

Students should have up to a total of 15 s.h. of enrollment (9 s.h. minimum) for EACH semester. Other electives may be included as desired. Students will also TA either BIOL:1411 or BIOL:1412 during the Spring semester.

Fall Semester:
COSMOS (Monday Graduate Seminar) [Schedule] [Assessment] BIOL:6298 1 s.h.
Fundamental Genetics Graduate Lecture * BIOL:5412 3 s.h.
Required if no undergraduate Genetics.    
Fundamental Genetics Graduate Discussion BIOL:5512 1 s.h.
Principles of Scholarly Integrity BIOL:7270 1 s.h.
Advanced Lecture Elective (req. #1)   3+ s.h.
Research: Biology BIOL:6199 up to 6 s.h.
 
Spring Semester:
COSMOS (Graduate Seminar Discussion Course) BIOL:6298 2 s.h.
Data Informatics Requirement (req.)   3+ s.h.
Advanced Lecture Elective (req. #2)   3+ s.h.
Research: Biology BIOL:6199 up to 6 s.h.

II. Second year

Fall Semester:
COSMOS (Monday Graduate Seminar)
(if not taking 2 s.h. option)
BIOL:6298 1 s.h.
Topics course or 2 s.h. COSMOS option   2 s.h.
Advanced Lecture or Data Informatics Elective   3+ s.h.
 
Spring Semester:
Writing in the Natural Sciences BIOL:6188 2 s.h.
Advanced Lecture or Data Informatics Elective   3+ s.h.
Free Elective    
Other electives may be included as desired.    

III. Advanced Lecture Courses

The following courses are considered advanced lecture courses to satisfy the 6 s.h. course requirement for the iBio PhD program (3 s.h. for the iBio M.S. program). Courses lacking an additional prerequisite beyond introductory biology are not counted towards the advanced lecture requirement. These would include any lecture courses used to make up for undergraduate deficiencies (e.g., Physics, Biochemistry, or Fundamental Genetics) and other specialized introductory courses (e.g., Cell Biology, BIOL:2723;  Ecology, BIOL:2673). This list is not exhaustive and students are encouraged to seek out other appropriate courses in consultation with their advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies. Strikethroughs indicate courses not currently offered or variably offered.

Courses offered through the Department of Biology:  
Genes and Development  BIOL:4333 3 s.h. Spring semester
Introduction to Developmental Biology  BIOL:3233 3 s.h. Fall semester
Fundamental Neurobiology  BIOL:5653 4 s.h. Fall semester
Developmental Neurobiology BIOL:3753 3 s.h. Spring semester
Developmental Neuroscience  BIOL:5753 1 s.h. Spring semester
Neurophysiology BIOL:4353 4 s.h.  
Molecular Genetics  BIOL:3713 4 s.h. Fall semester
Genomics  BIOL:3314 3 s.h. Spring semester
Population Genetics and Molecular Evolution BIOL:4273 3 s.h.  
Molecular Phylogenetics BIOL:4373 3 s.h.  
Evolution BIOL:3172 4 s.h. Fall and Spring semesters
       
Courses offered through the Biomedical Science Program:  
Principles Molecular & Cellular Biology  BMED:5207 3 s.h. Fall semester

IV. Seminar Courses

All continuing iBio students (Ph.D. and M.S.) must enroll in the COSMOS Fall Graduate seminar series (1 s.h.) each Fall semester and must participate by giving research seminars as scheduled.

In the Spring semester of the second year, all iBio students (Ph.D. and M.S.) must enroll in:

Spring Semester:
Seminar: Writing in Natural Sciences BIOL:6188 2 s.h.

In addition to "Seminar: Writing in Natural Sciences (BIOL: 6188)," Ph.D. students must enroll in 3 (and M.S. students in 1) more seminar courses during their graduate career. This count would include "COSMOS Seminar (BIOL: 6298)" taken for 2 s.h. in the second semester/Spring of the first year in residence.

Because the topics in both the Fall and Spring 2 s.h. offerings of "COSMOS Seminar (BIOL: 6298)" will change each time it is offered, these courses can be taken several times to meet the Seminar Requirement.
 

V. Data Informatics Courses

Courses offered through the Department of Biology:  
Bioinformatics (Undergrad/Grad) BIOL:4213 4 s.h. Check MyUI for course availability
Introduction to Systems Biology (Undergrad/Grad) BIOL:3383 3 s.h.  
       
Courses offered through other departments:  
Introduction to Biostatistics (Undergrad/Grad) BIOS:4120 3 s.h. Fall and Spring semesters
Introduction to Informatics (Grad) IGPI:3110 3 s.h.  
Biostatistical Methods I/II (includes some programming in R) BIOS:5710/5720 4 s.h. Fall and Spring semesters
Biostats for Biomedical Research (Subsession: Off-cycle) BIOS:5050 1 s.h. Check MyUI for course availability
Bayesian Methods and Design (many prereqs) BIOS:6810 3 s.h. Check MyUI for course availability
Biostat. Methods Categorical Data (some prereqs) BIOS:5730 3 s.h. Spring semester
Practical Bioinformatics (Subsession: Off-cycle, Jan.) BISC:5205 1 s.h. Check MyUI for course availability
Knowledge Discovery CS:6421 3 s.h. Check MyUI for course availability
Bioinformatic Techniques BME:5320 3 s.h. Fall semester
Computational Genomics (many prereqs., including BME:5320) BIOL:5320 3 s.h. Spring semester
Big Data Analytics (some math/stat prereqs) IE:4172 3 s.h. Fall semester
Probability and Statistics STAT: 3120 4 s.h. Fall and Spring semesters