Typical Program Timeline

Below is a quick guide to the standards of progress through the BCDB Graduate Program. For more detailed information, please refer to the complete BCDB Guidelines and the Laney Graduate School Handbook.

Year 1
Fall Spring Summer
Foundations in BCDB
Introductory Graduate Seminar, Ethics, and Professionalization Workshop
Qualifying Exam Part I (written)
Laboratory Rotations (may start in previous summer)
Choose PhD Mentor Dissertation Research
Enter Advanced Standing (24 credits coursework)
Year 2
Fall Spring Summer
Hypothesis Design & Science Writing Statistics for Experimental Biology
Advanced Graduate Seminar, Ethics, and Professionalization Workshop
Dissertation Research
Choose dissertation committee Qualifying Exam Part II (oral)
Teaching Assistant Training and Teaching Opportunity (TATTO)
Teaching assistantship for one semester
Year 3
Fall Spring Summer
Advanced Graduate Seminar
Elective course(s), if applicable
Dissertation Research
First committee meeting (within 6 months after passing Qualifying Exam Part II Dissertation committee meeting every 6 months
Enter Candidacy (16 additional credits coursework, 32 credits research)
Candidacy (Years 4+)
Fall Spring Summer
Advanced Graduate Seminar
Dissertation Research
Dissertation committee meeting every 6 months (every 4 months after the 5th year)
Graduating (~Year 6)
Formally apply for the degree
Prepare and defend dissertation
Submit completed disseration to the graduate school
Check the LGS Academic Calendar for important deadlines.
Graduation