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Life Sciences South 441D
PO Box 443051
Moscow, ID 83844-3051
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Ph.D. Program Curriculum

Students will complete a minimum of 78 credits composed of the following and should complete a study plan by the end of the first year in the BCB Program:
  • 9 credits in core courses
  • 15 credits of depth courses
  • 30 credits of research & thesis work
  • 3 credits of graduate seminar
  • 3 credits of lab rotation
  • 3 credits teaching experience
  • 15 credits additional to meet the minimum requirements (may include research credits).

Curriculum Summary

Foundation courses: These courses, or equivalent knowledge, are necessary foundation for core courses. Your committee will help you determine whether you should take background courses.
BCB 509
Evolutionary Biology for non-Life Scientists
3 credits (F)
BCB 510
Computational Science for Biologists
3 credits (F)
BCB 512
Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Evolution
3 credits (S)
BIOL 456
Computer Skills for Biologists
3 credits (Alt.F)

Biol 552:  Professional Development is recommended for all first or second year BCB students.

Core courses: The three required core courses (below) provide a shared educational foundation and a common language for interdisciplinary research.
CS 515 Computational Biology - Course Expectations 3 credits (Alt.S)
Biol 522 Molecular Evolution - Course Expectations 3 credits (Alt.F)
Math 563 Mathematical Genetics - Course Expectations 3 credits (Alt.F)

Depth courses: Depth courses are designed to provide detailed knowledge of bioinformatics and computational biology. Students will complete 9 credits of depth courses in the chosen focus area and 6 credits of depth courses in the other area (15 credits).
Focus Area: Computer Science/Mathematical Sciences
Focus Area: Biological Sciences

Research & thesis: Students will conduct research and thesis work that leads to significant and original contributions to science.
BCB 600 Research and Thesis 30 credits

Graduate Seminar
BCB 501 (or eq.)
Seminar 3 credits
Lab rotation: The lab rotation is designed by the student and his or her thesis committee and provides practical experience in research questions and methods outside the major emphasis area of the student. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their rotation by the end of 2nd year but required to complete the rotation by the end of 3rd year. Students with a math or computer science emphasis take BCB 506 (biological science) and students with a biology emphasis take BCB 507 (computer science) or 508 (mathematical science) and must complete the BCB Teaching/Lab Rotation Form to obtain BCB Director approval prior to registration.
Ph.D. lab rotation 3 credits
Teaching experience: The thesis committee determines what constitutes acceptable teaching experience. It is possible to meet this requirement by teaching a course or workshop, organizing a seminar, or being a teaching assistant for an appropriate course.  Students are required to complete the teaching experience by the end of 4th year. To meet your teaching requirement you will enroll in BCB 597 and must complete the BCB Teaching/Lab Rotation Form to obtain BCB Director approval prior to registration.
Ph.D. teaching experience 3 credits
Other: You will need an additional 15 credits to meet the minimum credit requirements for the Ph.D (may include research credits).