plan to work for higher degrees in Endocrinology will be guided by the
Graduate Advisor and the professor who directs their research (mentor). The Graduate
Advisor and the mentor will ascertain whether the minimum requirements
as listed below have been met. They will recommend to the prospective
candidate what additional courses to take, and will decide with the student
the fields to be covered in the qualifying examinations. A guidance committee
will review the progress of each student at the end of each academic year
until the student has passed their oral qualifying exam, and make recommendations
for the subsequent year.
is expected to have completed either an undergraduate major in some
area of animal biology (leading to the B.A. or B.S.), or to have
completed the standard premedical curriculum and be in good standing
in the School of Medicine in San Francisco.
Degree In addition to the general requirements set forth in the Announcement
of the Graduate Division for the Masters degree under Plan 1, the
following minimum requirements should be met before the student begins
the masters program in Endocrinology:
to include introductory inorganic, quantitative analysis, introductory
organic, and introductory biochemistry.
physics and math through calculus.
- A survey
course in organismal physiology.
- A survey
course in cellular and molecular biology.
who are deficient in any of these courses will be required to take
them before completion of the M.A. program.
courses are required of all M.A. Candidates:
in molecular and organismal endocrinology.
- One seminar
course requiring student presentations (e.g. IB 248, or IB/IDS 203).
- Enroll in
IB 248 (Comparative Physiology/Endocrinology seminar) during each semester offered.
A course in
statistics is recommended.
The following minimum requirements give the background prerequisite to
candidates for the Ph.D. degree in the field of Endocrinology.
of the requirements listed above for the M.A. candidates.
course work selected in consultation with the major professor and graduate
advisor to allow emphasis in the area(s) of the student's research interest,
such as biochemistry, cell biology, immunology, molecular biology, morphology,
physiology, psychobiology, tumor biology, etc.
- Two additional
graduate level seminars, including advanced topics in endocrinology
(IB 203 or IDS 203) and one other seminar in endocrinology.
- The seminar
will be selected after consultation with the research advisor.
- It is recommended
that students enroll in the teaching colloquium IB 303.
- Serve as
a graduate student instructor in one or more appropriate courses. Enforcement
of this requirement will depend on the availability of funding.
are encouraged to give oral presentations on their research at least
twice during their tenure at Berkeley in IB 248 or in other appropriate
the student must pass an oral qualifying examination for Ph.D. degree
candidacy. This exam should be taken by the end of the fourth semester
in residence. For the exam, students will be held responsible for subjects
the graduate advisor and mentor designate from the list of approved
of the oral exam is to test the students understanding of general
principles in broad areas, rather than detailed knowledge of narrow fields.
However, the examining committee may choose to evaluate the students
abilities to understand and solve problems or questions related to their
chosen area of research. This decision will depend to some degree on the
students training and experience. When the oral exam does cover
a research topic, not more than 45 minutes of the three hour exam period
should be devoted to that area.
are required to defend the following two areas on the oral exam:
endocrinology (either mammalian or comparative).
and cellular endocrinology.
Two of the
following list of 12 subject areas of plant and or animal biology must
also be defended:
3. Cell Biology
4. Developmental Biology
6. Evolutionary Biology
9. Molecular Biology
12. Tumor Biology
topics may also be acceptable, but approval by a majority of the guidance
committee is required in such cases.
such as pituitary anatomy and physiology, osmoregulation, membrane biology
or regulation of gene expression are not acceptable.
is no specific foreign language required of candidates, students are encouraged
to be familiar and conversant with the foreign language literature in
the field or fields relevant to their research interest. The mentor
may require the student to take an appropriate reading examination in
the foreign literature, or to examine the student in this literature as
part of the Ph.D. oral examination.