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For the Ph.D. degree, students must complete a minimum of 70 units—as detailed in the table below—and must maintain a G.P.A. of at least 3.0.  Based on research dissertation focus, other courses may be required as recommended by the dissertation committee and approved by School of Medicine graduate academic affairs committee.  Students must adhere to all University and program policies as published in the Student Handbook, University CATALOG, or "Student Guide." Policies and requirements are subject to change. 

Basic science core 
IBGS 501Biomedical Communication and Integrity2
IBGS 502Biomedical Information and Statistics2
IBGS 503Biomedical Grant Writing2
IBGS 511Cellular Mechanisms and Integrated Systems I6
IBGS 512Cellular Mechanisms and Integrated Systems II6
IBGS 522Cellular Mechanisms and Integrated Systems II Journal Club2
IBGS 523Cellular Mechanisms and Integrated Systems III Journal Club2
Seminars (all required) 
IBGS 604Introduction to Integrative Biology Presentation Seminar1
IBGS 605Integrative Biology Presentation Seminar 12
IBGS 607Integrated Biomedical Graduate Studies Seminar 10
RELE 5__ Must be numbered 500 or above3
RELR 5__ Must be numbered 500 or above3
RELT 5__ Must be numbered 500 or above3
Program specific courses 
Choose from the following three (3) areas:20
Required: (11-18 units)
Neuroscience GS 
Foundations in Neuroscience 
Neuroscience Methods 
Electives: (2-6 units)
Fundamentals of Electrophysiology 
History of Neuroscience 
Cortical Circuits 
Contemporary Neuroimaging 
Neuroinflammation: Neuron-Glia Interactions 
Neurosciences Journal Club 
Systems biology 
Required: (10-15 units)
Data Management: Modeling and Development 
Introduction to Bioinformatics and Genomics 
Systems Biology – A Practical Approach 
Data Analytics 
Electives: (2-10 units)
Medical Microbiology 
Systems Biology Journal Club 
Advanced Bioinformatics — Sequence and Genome Analysis 
Genomics and Bioinformatics: Tools 
Integration of Computational and Experimental Biology 
Required: (10 units)
Data Analytics 
Integration of Computational and Experimental Biology 
Cellular and Molecular Engineering 
Bioengineering Fabrication 
Electives: (2-10 units)
Bioengineering Journal Club 
Orthopaedic Regenerative Engineering and Mechanobiology 
Medical Imaging Physics 
Medical Image Analysis 
Radiation Detectors for Medical Applications 
Radiation Therapy Physics 
IBGS 696Research Rotations (1) 22
NSBB 697Research (1-8) 212
IBGS 699Dissertation (1-5)2-5
Total Units70

Noncourse requirements

  • pass both written and oral comprehensive examinations in order to advance to candidacy.
  • successfully defend the dissertation before their guidance committee prior to being awarded the Ph.D. degree.

Normal time to complete the program

Five (5) years— based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted


See the comparison of the M.S.  and Ph.D. degree programs.