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Program Timelines

To help keep our current students on track throughout their programs, the following are timelimes demonstrating when Program requirements should be completed for both the Master's and PhD programs:

MS Timeline

Sample Master's Career

This table represents a sample career of a generic Master's student (with a Research assistantship), and is subject to change depending on the student's financial aid and the study plan developed by the student and their Master's Committee.

1st Year

Fall:

PSIO 503 - Cellular & Molecular Physiology (6 units)

PS 696c - Student Forum (1 unit)

PSIO 696a - Physiology Seminar (1 unit)

PS 700 - Research Methods  (3 units) 

PS 6967a - Teaching Workshop (1 unit) *Only if a TA.

Spring:

PSIO 603 - Systems Physiology (6 units)

PS 696c - Student Forum (1 unit)

PS 700 - Research Methods  (3 units)

PS 6967b - Teaching Workshop (1 unit) *Only if a TA.

2nd Year

Fall:

 - Form Master's Committee

 - Submit Plan of Study

 - Complete 20 minute Forum Presentation

PS 696c - Student Forum (1 unit)

PSIO 696a - Physiology Seminar (1 unit)

PS/PSIO 900/910 - Research Units (4 units)

Spring:

 - Submit Master's Committee Form

 - Complete and Defend Master's Thesis/Research Manuscript

PS 696c - Student Forum (1 unit)

PSIO 696a - Physiology Seminar (1 unit)

PS/PSIO 900/910 - Research Units (4 units)

*Many Master's students are required to assume roles as teaching or research assistants to maintain their financial aid, in addition to satisfying the coursework required for a Master's degree.

PhD Timeline

Sample PhD Career

This table represents a sample career of a generic Doctoral student, and is subject to change depending on the study plan developed by the student and mentor.

1st Year

Fall:

PSIO 503 - Cellular & Molecular Physiology (6 units)

PS 696c - Student Forum (1 unit)

PSIO 696a - Physiology Seminar (1 unit)

PS 700 - Research Methods "Laboratory Rotation" (3 units)

PSIO697a - Teaching Workshop (1 unit): TA for either 201 or 202

Spring:

 - Choose an Advisor & Join a Lab, during second lab rotation

PSIO 603a - Systems Physiology (6 units)

PS 595b - Scientific Writing Strategies (2 units)

PS 696c - Student Forum (1 unit)

PSIO 696a - Physiology Seminar (1 unit)

PS 700 - Research Methods "Laboratory Rotation" (3 units)

PSIO 697b - Teaching Workshop (1 unit): TA for either 201 or 202

*Summer:
PS 700 - Laboratory Rotation (3 units - if neccesary, summer registration not required)

2nd Year

Fall:

 - Form Comprehensive Exam Committee

 - Complete first 20-30 minute Forum Presentation

PS 696c - Student Forum (1 unit)

PSIO 696a - Physiology Seminar (1 unit)

Minor Coursework (6 units)

PS 900 - Research units  (4 units) 

Spring:

 - Form Comprehensive Exam Committee

 - Complete Comprehensive Exam by the end of the term/Summer/early Fall term of 3rd year

PS 696c - Student Forum (1 unit)

PSIO 696a - Physiology Seminar (1 unit)

Statistics Course (3 units)

Minor Coursework (3 units)

PS 900 - Research units  (4 units) 

3rd Year

Fall:

 - Complete second 20-30 min. Student Forum Presentation

PS 696c - Student Forum (1 unit)

PSIO 696a - Physiology Seminar (1 unit)

PS 920 - Dissertation units (4 units)

Spring:

 - Form Dissertation Committee

PS 696c - Student Forum (1 unit)

PSIO 696a - Physiology Seminar (1 unit)

PS 920 - Dissertation units (4 units)

4th Year

Fall:

 - Submit Proposal with the Proposal Approval Form

 - Complete full length (one hour) Student Forum Presentation

PS 696c - Student Forum (1 unit)

PSIO 696a - Physiology Seminar (1 unit)

PS 920 - Dissertation units (4 units)

Spring:

PS 696c - Student Forum (1 unit)

PSIO 696a - Physiology Seminar (1 unit)

PS 920 - Dissertation units (4 units)

5th Year

Fall:

PS 696c - Student Forum (1 unit)

PSIO 696a - Physiology Seminar (1 unit)

PS 920 - Dissertation units (4 units)

Spring:

 - Complete and Defend Dissertation

 - Attend the Interdisciplinary and Biomedical Sciences Graduation Ceremony!

PS 696c - Student Forum (1 unit)

PSIO 696a - Physiology Seminar (1 unit)

PS 920 - Dissertation units (4 units)