Interested in the Chemical and Physical Biology (CPB) concentration?
Both Dr. Tom Torello, the concentration advisor, and Lisa Fountain, the program coordinator, would love to tell you more about the concentrations, and to answer any questions you may have. The deadline for filing plans of study - Wednesday, November 13th - is approaching. If you are interested in CPB, we look forward to meeting you in the coming weeks.
Online Survey: We have prepared an online survey so that you can let us know some basic information about your background and interests. It will only take 5-10 minutes to complete - please do so ASAP, but certainly by November 1st.
Office Hours: Please see our list of office hours for pre-concentrators, as we strongly encourage you to attend one of these sessions if you're considering concentrating in CPB.
Tentative Plan of Study: Please prepare a tentative 8 semester plan of study using the 'Plan of Study' link via the Student Planning Portal on the Registrar's website. You can also watch a brief tutorial on how to declare a concentration on that site. Bring a draft of that 8 semester plan to our office hours, which you will find listed on the survey. Your plan of study can be printed in draft form from within the portal, or you can simply write the courses you plan to take on a piece of notebook paper.
Course Planning: A worksheet is available for CPB concentrators. This worksheet contain links to the student handbook, a list of advanced courses, a description of the tutorial program, and additional advising notes. We hope you find them useful.
Requirements: CPB concentration requirements. The requirements are fairly straightforward, though there is often confusion about research courses (91r and 99). 91r is a one-semester, letter graded research course ordinarily taken by students in the junior year; it can be repeated once. 99 is thesis research - it is a full year, letter graded research course taken in the senior year that culminates in a thesis. The thesis can (and usually does) contain data from work done prior to enrolling in 99, including summer research, research done in 91r, research done for work-study, etc.
Tutorial Program: Finally, many students have questions about the tutorial program. Please see the Board of Tutors handout. It describes the history, format and goals of the program.
We look forward to meeting you in the coming weeks,