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Graduate Program
Sample Programs of Courses for the PhD

The curricular requirements of our PhD program are flexible enough to accommodate students with varying backgrounds and interdisciplinary interests. Students will work closely with their graduate studies committee to design curricula that are commensurate with their backgrounds and interests. The five sample programs shown below illustrate the breadth of programs possible.

Please Note: These samples are selected to demonstrate this breadth and do not necessarily represent a typical cross-section of our expected students. The courses used in the samples may or may not be suitable for a particular student, and may or may not be available during the specified semesters.

The studies committee of a PhD student will define the program of the student.


Sample Program 1

Bio-informatics, strong Biology background

The first hypothetical student is interested in bio-informatics. This student is presumed to have a Bachelor's degree in biology, including one year each of undergraduate course work in inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, calculus, physics and computer programming, as well as many biology courses. The student would be admitted provisionally, with the requirements including successful completion by the end of year 1 of CS195: Languages, Structures, and Systems*, CS222: Computer Architecture, and CS224: Analysis of Algorithms with a grade of B or higher in each of these courses.

The course schedule might be as follows; the third comprehensive exam would be in molecular genetics.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 Stat 251 Probability Theory CS 222 Computer Architecture
CS 195 Langugs, Strctrs & Systems* CS 224 Analysis of Algorithms
MMG 211 Prok Mol. Genetics MMG 312 Yeast Mol. Genetics
  CS 381 Graduate Seminar
Year 2 CS 201 Operating Systems CS 260 Parallel Alg. & Prog. Tech.
CS 243 Theory of Computation CS 346 Adv. Topics String Algo.
CS 381 Graduate Seminar CS 381 Graduate Seminar
CS 231 Bio-Informatics MMG 254 Protein Nucl. Acid Int.
Year 3 CS 204 Databases Dissertation & Readings
Dissertation & Readings  
Years 4+ Dissertation & Readings

*Not counted towards the PhD degree.

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Sample Program 2

Machine Learning, MS in CS background

The second hypothetical student is interested in machine learning. This student is presumed to have already gained a Masterís degree in Computer Science, including a full background in undergraduate Computer Science.

The course schedule might be as follows; the third comprehensive exam would be in machine learning.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 CS 231 Bio-informatics CS 256 Neural Computation
CS 251 Artificial Intelligence CS 260 Parallel Arg. & Prog. Tech.
EE 270 Probability & Stoch. Proc. CS 346 Adv. Topics: String Algo.
CS 381 Graduate Seminar CS 381 Graduate Seminar
Year 2 Math 241 Anal. Sev. Real Vars. CS 351 Adv. Topics: Pattern Recog.
Dissertation & Readings Dissertation & Readings
CS 381 Graduate Seminar  
Years 3+ Dissertation & Readings

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Sample Program 3

Computational Fluid Mechanics, strong Fluid Mechanics background

The third hypothetical student is interested in computational fluid mechanics, coming in with a Bachelorís degree in Civil Engineering, including one year of computer programming. Similar to the first student, this student has a minimal Computer Science background and will be a provisional admission, with requirements to complete CS 195: Languages, Structures & Systems*, CS 222: Computer Architecture, and CS 224: Analysis of Algorithms.

The course schedule might be as follows; the third comprehensive exam would be in numerical methods.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 CS 195 Langugs, Strctrs & Systems* CS 222 Computer Architecture
Math 237 NumericalAnalysis CS 224 Analysis of Algorithms
Math 272 Applied Analysis Math 238 Numerical Diff. Eq.
  CS 381 Graduate Seminar
Year 2 CS 201 Operating Systems CS 260 Parallel Alg. & Prog. Tech.
ME249 Comptatnl Fluid Mechanics CE 366 Num. Meth. Surf. Water
CS 243 Theory of Computation CS 381 Graduate Seminar
CS 381 Graduate Seminar  
Year 3 CS 274 Computer Graphics Dissertation & Readings
Dissertation & Readings  
Years 4+ Dissertation & Readings

*Not counted towards the PhD degree.

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Sample Program 4

Software Engineering, BS in CS background

The fourth hypothetical student is interested in software engineering. This student is presumed to have already gained a Bachelorís degree in Computer Science, including courses in Operating Systems and Analysis of Algorithms.

The course schedule might be as follows; the third comprehensive exam would be in software engineering.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 CS 243 Theory of Computation CS 202 Compiler Construction
CS 251 Artificial Intelligence CS 222 Computer Architecture
EE 295 CAD Algorithms CS 295 Human Comp. Interact.
CS 381 Graduate Seminar CS 381 Graduate Seminar
Year 2 CS 206 Software Req. & Design CS 207 Software Impl. & Verif.
CS 395 Adv Comp. Sci. CS 303 Programming Languages
CS 361 Software Systems Math 273 Combo Graph Theory
CS 381 Graduate Seminar  
Years 3+ Dissertation & Readings

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Sample Program 5

Ecological Modeling, strong Ecology background

The fifth hypothetical student is interested in ecological modeling, coming in with a Bachelorís degree in Environmental Sciences with a minor in Computer Science, including courses in machine organization and data structures. This student will be a provisional admission, with requirements to complete CS 103*, CS 222, and CS 224 by the end of year 1 with a grade of B or higher in each of these courses.

The course schedule might be as follows; the third comprehensive exam would be in ecology.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 CS 103 Programming Languages* CS 222 Computer Architecture
Bot 260 Plant Pop. Biology CS 224 Analysis of Algorithms
Math 271 Applied Math Math 268 Bio. & Ecol. Math
  CS 381 Graduate Seminar
Year 2 CS 201 Operating Systems CS 207 Software Impl & Verif.
CS 243 Theory of Computation CS 303 Programming Languages
CS 251 Artificial Intelligence WFB 352 Mod. & Est of Populations
CS 381 Graduate Seminar CS 381 Graduate Seminar
Year 3 CS 274 Computer Graphics Dissertation & Readings
Dissertation & Readings  
Years 4+ Dissertation & Readings

*Not counted towards the PhD degree.

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