Registration / Course Sequence

You should wait until arrival at the department to register. Please try not to lose the PAC (Private Access Code) the UW sends to you with the registration info. You'll use this code to set up your UW NetID, which you'll need for almost everything at the UW, including registration.

Registration:

Course registration is done online via MyUW. You'll want to register before the end of finals week to make sure there are no problems with your U-Pass.

Regarding Insurance:

US Citizens and permanent residents will automatically receive Graduate Appointee Insurance Program coverage unless you have a fellowship which pays you directly rather than going through the UW payroll system - if so, please contact Brian.

International Students will automatically receive Graduate Appointee Insurance Program coverage but will also need to sign up for standard UW international student insurance each quarter when registering. Please be assured that once the system recognizes that you have GAIP coverage, the standard UW student insurance charge will be removed. This cumbersome system is in place to ensure all international students at UW have insurance coverage.

Once you are ready to register:

You will need the 5 digit Schedule Line Number (SLN) which identifies a particular course. These are found on the time schedule.

Faculty codes & add codes:

Some courses will require add codes; you can get these from the graduate program assistant (currently Brian Giebel, Foege S-340, bgiebel [at] u.washington.edu) either in person or via email. Faculty codes used to register for research courses (Genome 501, 600, 800) are now available online. If you are registering for a non-Genome Sciences course that requires an add code, you should get the code from the graduate program assistant in that particular department.

You should sign up for a minimum of 10 credits each quarter (except for Summer, when you should sign up for 2 credits). You'll want to vary your credits in Genome Sciences 501 to accomplish this. For example, if your core courses and electives total 6 credits, register for 4 credits in Genome 501. Registration for more than 10 credits is fine, as long as you don't go over 18.

New: Genome Sciences students now have the option of choosing to follow the Advanced Data Science option of the Genome Sciences PhD program. Please see the Advanced Data Science page for more information.

Autumn Quarter:

Genome 501: Lab Rotation (Vary credits in this course so that your total registration is for at least 10 credits. MSTP students can go ahead and register for Genome 600, since you have already selected thesis labs)
Genome 520: Seminar (1 cr)
Genome 522: Journal Club (1 cr)
Genome 523: Research Reports (1 cr)
Genome 550: Methods & Logic in Genetics (3 cr)
Genome 553: Advanced Genetic Analysis (1.5 cr)
Genome 552: Genomics (1.5 cr)
Genome 599: Grant Writing (1.5 cr) (specific class session dates to be determined)

It's a very good idea to avoid taking additional electives during your first quarter, (unless you are part of a program which requires this) but you have the option of doing so if you wish. Carefully consider, though, that you will be very busy with core coursework, lab rotations, and departmental events.

Winter Quarter:

Genome 501: Lab Rotation
Genome 520: Seminar (1 cr)
Genome 522: Journal Club (1 cr)
Genome 523: Research Reports (1 cr)
Genome 551: Mechanisms of Gene Regulation in Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes (1.5 cr)
Genome 561: Population Genetics (1.5 cr)
Genome 559: Introduction to Statistical and Computational Genomics (3 cr)
( to be taken by students with little or no computational background. Not for students in the CMB program.)

any desired elective, so long as the total number of credits is at least 10

Spring Quarter:

Genome 501: Lab Rotation
Genome 520: Seminar (1 cr)
Genome 522: Journal Club (1 cr)
Genome 523: Research Reports (1 cr)
Genome 555: Proteomics (1.5 cr)
Genome 560: Statistics for Genome Sciences (3 cr)

any desired elective, so long as the total number of credits is at least 10

Summer Quarter:

GENOME 600: Independent Study / Research (2 credits)

Enrolling in more than 2 credits costs the department extra tuition dollars. However, you may sign up for additional courses if they are vital to your research; please inform Brian Giebel if you plan to do so.

Electives:

Please keep in mind a graduate school requirement that you complete at least 18 graded credits by the time you take your General Exam (this is done during Spring Quarter of your second year). Most of the core coursework is graded, but some is not, so you will need to take a graded elective or two during your first two years.

Generally speaking, any 500-level science course related to your research interests is an acceptable elective. 400-level courses may also be taken for graduate credit. You'll need to check with the Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Colin Manoil (manoil [ a t ] uw.edu), to be sure a 400 level course is acceptable. In addition to courses offered by the department, Genome Sciences students often take courses from other programs. You should check the time schedule to see what's available.

You're expected to have some background in Biochemistry. If not, you should take Biochem 440 during your first year. Please check with Dr. Colin Manoil for suggestions if you think another course may be more appropriate for you.