Statistical Genetics Timeline

Timing of electives may vary from what is listed below. Please discuss when to take your electives with your advisor.

  Autumn Winter Spring Summer
1st Year STAT 512
Statistical Inference
STAT 513
Statistical Inference
BIOST 533
Linear Models
 
BIOST 514
Biostatistics I
BIOST 515
Biostatistics II
BIOST 550
Mendelian Genetics
BIOST 561 2
Computational Skills for Biostatistics I (recommended)
BIOST 562 2
Computational Skills for Biostatistics II (recommended)
BIOST 581 1
Statistical Genetics Seminar
BIOST 581
Statistical Genetics Seminar
BIOST 581
Statistical Genetics Seminar
MATH 574 3
Real Analysis (recommended)
MATH 575 3
Real Analysis (recommended)
STAT 559 3
Measure Theory (recommended)
2nd Year STAT 581
Advanced Statistical Theory
STAT 582
Advanced Statistical Theory
STAT 583
Advanced Statistical Theory
Exam Preparation
BIOST 570 9
Advanced Regression Methodology
BIOST 552 6, GENOME 562 7 and/or GENOME 540 8
(2nd or 3rd year)​
Elective
BIOST 551
Quantitative Genetics
BIOST 581
Statistical Genetics Seminar
BIOST 581
Statistical Genetics Seminar
BIOST 581
Statistical Genetics Seminar
BIOST 579 4
Data Analysis (recommended; Spr and/or Sum)
BIOST 579
Data Analysis (recommended; Spr and/or Sum)
3rd Year Select Dissertation Advisor Dissertation Research Finalize Supervisory Committee
Elective(s)
TA (Aut, Win, or Spr)
BIOST 581
Statistical Genetics Seminar
BIOST 590 5
Consulting (Aut, Win, Spr, or Sum; 3rd or 4th Year)
4th Year General Exam Dissertation Research and Writing
5th Year Final Exam and Graduation

Other Key Courses and Notes

  1. BIOST 581 Statistical Genetics Seminar. Nine quarters are required. The department recommends that students register for and attend seminar every quarter.
  2. BIOST 561 and BIOST 562 Computational Skills. In preparation for work on their Dissertation, students are expected to master research, presentation, and computational skills at the level covered in BIOST 561 and BIOST 562. Taking these courses in the first year of PhD studies is recommended.
  3. MATH 574MATH 575 Real Analysis, and STAT 559 Measure Theory. In preparation for advanced coursework in Statistical Theory (STAT 581 , STAT 582, and STAT 583) and the PhD Statistical Theory Exam, students are expected to master Real Analysis and Measure Theory at the level covered in MATH 574, MATH 575, and STAT 559. Taking these courses in the first year of PhD studies is recommended, for students who have not previously mastered this material.
  4. BIOST 579 Data Analysis. In preparation for the PhD Applied Statistics Exam, students are expected to master data analysis at the level covered in BIOST 579. Taking this course at least once in the second year of PhD studies is recommended.
  5. BIOST 590 Consulting. This is a required course and is typically taken during Years 3 or 4. Enrollment is limited to four students per quarter so advance planning is necessary. Students may email bcurric@uw.edu to sign up for a quarter.
  6. BIOST 552 Statistical Genetics III: Design and Analysis. This is a required course for the pathway and is offered winter quarters in even numbered years.
  7. GENOME 562 Population Genetics. This is a required course for the pathway and is offered winter quarter in odd numbered years. Students without a background in genetics may need to take an introductory course prior to this class.
  8. GENOME 540 Computational Molecular Biology (or GENOME 541). This is a required course for the pathway and is offered winter quarter. Students typically take it during Years 2 or 3. Students without a background in genetics may need to take an introductory course prior to this class.
  9. BIOST 571 and 572  are waived for students who complete the Statistical Genetics Pathway.
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Typical PhD Milestones
  1. First-Year Theory Exam follows spring quarter of Year 1.
  2. PhD Theory and Applied Exams occur at the end of Summer Year 2.
  3. Selection of dissertation advisor and topic by Year 3 (independent study, seminars, other discussions with faculty).
  4. General Exam completed in Years 3 or 4.
  5. Final Exam completed in Years 4 or 5.