Degree Progress Outline

Outline of degree progress can be downloaded/printed here.

 

First Year

Courses & Research

Rotations (Autumn, Winter, and Spring if necessary)

  1. You will need to work on your first rotation prior to arriving / starting Autumn quarter on campus. Please make sure to contact your faculty of interest in summer.
  2. Kathleen/Amy will e-mail you quaterly to check in on your rotation updates in Winter and/or Spring quarters if you do a third rotation.

Thesis Lab

  1. E-mail Kathleen/Amy when you decide on your research lab. If your advisor is not a Biophysics faculty, you will need to have a faculty who is in Biophysics as your co-advisor on your reading committee.

Individual Development Plan (IDP) - Biosciences requirement

  1. Complete your first IDP meeting with your advisor within 30 days of joining your thesis lab.
  2. IDP meetings are required annually, apart from Thesis Committee Meetings (see below).
  3. Update your record in Graduate Student Tracking (GST).

Course Requirements

Course Title Units
BIOPHYS 241 Biological Macromolecules 3-5
     or BIOE 300A  Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering  
BIOPHYS 242 Methods in Molecular Biophysics (Offered every other year) 3
BIOPHYS 250 Seminar in Biophysics 1
MED 255 The Responsible Conduct of Research 1
AND, 4 graduate level courses in physical or biological science, with
     at least 1 course in physical science
     at least 1 course in literature-based biological science


Notes on Courses:

  1. Students should always register for 10 units total each quarter.
  2. All required courses must be taken with letter grade, except BIOPHYS 250 (C/NC) & MED 255 (P/N). A "C" grade will not be an acceptable grade.
    For year 2020-21: due to COVID-19, the Program counts all courses taken in academic year 2020-21 with a grade of 'CR' (credit) or 'S' (satisfactory) towards satisfaction of graduate degree requirements that otherwise require a letter grade provided that the instructor affirms that the work was done at a 'B-' or better level.

  3. The "+/-" grading basis is for MD students only.
  4. Prof. KC Huang, Director of the Biophysics Program, is your program advisor during your 1st year until you settle in a lab. Please register under KC for your research units (BIOPHYS 300). After you chose your research lab, you should register under your advisor’s name.

 

Second Year

Courses & Research

Reading Committee

  1. Form your Reading Committee (form available on website) and prepare for your Qualifying Exam.
  2. If your PI is not in Biophysics, you will need to have a Biophysics faculty as your co-advisor on your reading committee, and you should register your research units under your co-advisor.
  3. E-mail Kathleen/Amy when your Qual Exam date has been set.

Individual Development Plan (IDP) - Biosciences requirement

 

Third Year

Courses & Research

Qualifying Exam

  1. Regulations for the Qualifying Exam can be found here.
  2. Qualifying Exam, or Qual Exam in short, should be completed no later than Autumn quarter of your third year.
  3. Right after you've taken your exam, submit your Qualifying Exam Form to Kathleen/Amy.

Reading Committee Form

  1. The form must be signed by all committee members and the director.
  2. Use HelloSign (free account sign-up) to obtain director and/or other committee members' signatures.
  3. Submit your Reading Committee Form to Kathleen/Amy.

Candidacy Form

  1. The form must contain you, your advisor and the director's signatures (skip the middle column "Program Advisor"), with list of all required courses completed (see Course Requirements).
  2. You are not required to list all taken courses, only required courses listed will suffice, and must be listed.
  3. Use HelloSign to obtain director and/or other committee members' signatures.
  4. Submit your Candidacy Form to Kathleen/Amy.

Thesis Committee Meetings (TCM)* - Biosciences requirement  

  1. Your Qualifying Exam is considered your first Thesis Committee Meeting.
  2. Submit your TCM Forms to Kathleen/Amy.
  3. Update your record in GST.

* Students are required to meet with advisory committee once a year in 3rd & 4th years, and twice for 5th years and above.

Individual Development Plan (IDP) - Biosciences requirement

 

Fourth Year

Courses & Research

Terminal Graduate Registration (TGR)

  1. Submit your TGR eForm in Axess when you reach 135 units.
  2. Once your TGR status is approved, register under BIOPHYS 802 for your TGR units (not BIOPHYS 801).
  3. Graduates on TGR status can enroll in 0 - 3 units per quarter.

Thesis Committee Meetings (TCM) - Biosciences requirement

Individual Development Plan (IDP) - Biosciences requirement

 

Fifth Year & Above

Courses & Research

University Oral Examination (also Dissertation, or Defense)

  1. Meet with Kathleen to discuss about your defense committee. Please fill, print, and bring your University Oral Examination Form with you to the meeting, available on the website.
  2. Complete your University Oral Examination with your defense committee.
  3. Please follow the University guideline, and submit your thesis to the University online.

Thesis Committee Meetings (TCM) - Biosciences requirement

Individual Development Plan (IDP) - Biosciences requirement

 

Additional Information

  1. TA-ship is optional, and is not required by Biophysics. Students who express interest will work with their faculty and course instructor to make arrangements.