Teaching Experience

Teaching Experience is required of all bioengineering Ph.D. students. The teaching requirement must be completed prior to taking the Senate Qualifying Exam.

Teaching experience is defined as service as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) in a course designated by the department. The total teaching requirement for new Ph.D. students is two quarters at 50% effort (20 hours per week) or four quarters at 25% effort (10 hours per week). At least one quarter of teaching experience is required during the first year, normally during the Winter or Spring Quarter (prior to the Departmental Qualifying Examination). The teaching experience should be taken as a course for academic credit (Bioengineering 501). New students should discuss enrolling for the teaching requirement course (BENG 501) with their faculty advisor and must contact the Student Affairs Office to plan for completion of this requirement.

After the student has successfully passed the Departmental Qualifying Examination and fulfilled the teaching experience requirement, a Doctoral Committee (or Senate Committee) of five faculty members will be appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Academic Senate. Students should consult the Student Affairs Office regarding the composition of this committee. The students’ knowledge of a thesis area and the research plan will be thoroughly examined (Senate Qualifying Examination) by this committee. Upon completion of thesis research and its acceptance by the advisor, the thesis is presented in a Dissertation Defense Examination to the members of the Doctoral Committee for approval.