3. ACADEMIC OVERVIEW

Academic Requirements

Entering students are expected to have a B.A. or B.S. in engineering, biology, or other science. Typically this includes a two-year college mathematics sequence, a one-year sequence in each of physics, chemistry and computer science, and extensive upper-division work in either engineering or biology. The mathematical level should include calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra. Outstanding students who are lacking in some of these areas may be admitted with the condition that they complete any necessary undergraduate coursework while in the program.

The requirements are summarized in Table 2 and discussed in more detail in the Summary of Requirements section. The normative time to graduation is 5 years, with approximately 4 semesters spent in completing rotations, formal course work and the qualifying examination followed by 6 semesters performing research, culminating in the dissertation. Students entering with a Masters degree may be able to shorten this by one or two semesters based upon previous course work and research that they have completed.