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Biological Sciences PhD Graduate Course Options

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Request a prerequisite/restriction waiver:

  1. Submit a prerequisite/restriction waiver request via the UC San Diego Course Pre-Authorization System. *Student User ID/PID and Password/PAC required*
  2. A submission confirmation email will be sent to the student's @ucsd.edu account.
  3. Once a final decision is made on the prerequisite waiver request, an email will be sent to the student's @ucsd.edu account.

Important Notes:

  • If the prerequisite/restriction waiver request is approved, it is the student's responsibility to add (or waitlist, if full) the course via WebReg. All standard add/drop deadlines apply.
  • Final decision time will vary and is dependent on instructor response time.
  • System availability coincides with the release of the Schedule of Classes for the given quarter and is available until 4:00pm on Friday of the second week of classes.

Refer to the UCSD Schedule of Classes for official schedules and the Tentative Course Offerings page for more detail about planned course offerings.

First year Ph.D. program required courses

  • BGGN 200 – Graduate School Fundamentals
  • BGGN 205 – Communicating Science to the Public
  • BGGN 206A – Concepts of Reasoning and Experimentation (CORE) I
  • BGGN 206B – Concepts of Reasoning and Experimentation (CORE) II
  • BGGN 208 – Biological Sciences Graduate Boot Camp
  • BGGN 213 – Foundations of Bioinformatics
  • BGGN 216 – Graduate Biostatistics

Ph.D. program elective courses 

  • BGGN 204 – Topics in Community and Population Ecology (For EBE students only)
  • BGGN 212 – Introduction to Quantitative Evolutionary Biology
  • BGGN 214 – Introduction to Quantitative Biology
  • BGGN 218 – Principles of Drug Development and Pharmacology
  • BGGN 223 – Graduate Genetics
  • BGGN 225 – Graduate Immunology
  • BGGN 227 – Graduate Topics in Plant Biology
  • BGGN 228 – Graduate Developmental Biology
  • BGGN 231 – Current Concepts in Stem Cell Biology
  • BGGN 232 – Innate Immunity
  • BGGN 237 – Quantitative Methods in Genetics
  • BGGN 238A – Integrative Microbiology I
  • BGGN 248 – Molecular Mechanisms of Neural Development
  • BGGN 249A – Basic Neuroscience I
  • BGGN 249B – Basic Neuroscience II
  • BGGN 249C – Basic Neuroscience III
  • BGGN 262 – 3-D Cryo-Electron Microscopy of Macromolecules and Cells
  • BGGN 264 – Structural Biology of Viruses

Other graduate course offerings (Note: these courses do not satisfy elective requirements)

  • BGGN 201 – Methods in Computational Neuroscience
  • BGGN 202 – Professional Development for Biologists
  • BGGN 207 – Scientific Ethics
  • BGGN 234 – Practical Histopathology and Mouse Models of Human Disease
  • BGGN 245 – Advanced Topics in Cancer Research and Therapy
  • BGGN 246A – Computational Neurobiology
  • BGGN 260 – Neurodynamics