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Graduate Program: PhD Program: Statistical Genetics Pathway Timeline

PhD Program - Typical Coursework - Statistical Genetics Pathway

Autumn
Winter
Spring
Summer
1st Year
Statistical Inference (Stat 512-513)
Linear Models
(Biost 533)
Computing and Research (Biost 563)
Applied Biostatistics
(Biost 514-515)
Computational Skills for Biostatistics I & II
(Biost 561, 562)
Mendelian Genetics
(Biost 550)
Elective
Elective
Elective
2nd Year
Advanced Statistical Theory (Stat 581-583)
Exam Preparation
Advanced Regression Methodology
(Biost 570)
StatGen Required Course*
Elective
Quantitative Genetics
(Biost 551)
StatGen Required Course *
Elective
3rd Year
Select Dissertation Advisor
Dissertation Research
Assemble Dissertation Supervisory Committee
TA (Au/Wi/Sp)
Elective*
Consulting (Au/Wi/Sp/Su)
4th Year
Dissertation and General Exam
5th Year
Dissertation and Final Exam

PhD Program - Statistical Genetics Pathway - Other Key Courses

  1. (*)Statistical Genetics III: Design and Analysis (Biostat 552). This is a required course for the pathway and is offered winter quarters in even numbered years.
  2. (*)Population Genetics (Genome Sciences 562). 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.
  3. (*)Computational Molecular Biology. (Genome Sciences 540) 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.
  4. Statistical Genetics Seminar. Nine quarters are recommended. Students on the Statistical Genetics Pathway typically participate in this seminar every quarter.
  5. Biostat 571 and 572 are waived for students who complete the Statistical Genetics Pathway.
  6. Consulting Course. 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.
  7. Data Analysis. This course is not required, but many PhD students take one or two quarters of it (with different instructors) in preparation for the Applied Exam. Students often take this course in Summer of first year, and/or Spring or Summer of second year.

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.
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