Academic Plan for Online Start AY2020

Academic Plan for New Students Starting Online in September 2020

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Background of the Student

The following sections on prior courses and research experience are included for the purpose of summarizing the background information to the Graduate School and the Mentor.

Laboratory Rotation

Your Term 1 lab rotation has already been assigned, and cannot be changed now. 

Please list 3 or 4 faculty with whom you would consider doing a lab rotation for Terms 2 and 3.  Please indicate if any of these are potential thesis research labs for you.  If your first term rotation is not out-of-field, you must nominate at least one out-of-field unit (and indicate this as 'out of field').  Out-of-field means a research area that is not your intended or likely thesis research topic.  For example, if you are a physics student, suitable out of field areas would be mathematics or engineering units.  If you are a cell biologist, suitable out of field units might include neuroscientists or ecologists.  The aim of mandatory out of field research experience is to develop  a broader appreciation for research techniques and approaches.  We are not going to force you to do something you have no interest in, and where you cannot contribute or learn from, but to develop complementary skills that will benefit your future career.

Instructions for Course Selection

  • Refer to the course list and course timetable for the course contents and the term offered. While this is correct at the time of this survey, changes will be made to course availability from time to time.
    UPDATED August 7 2020

  • For Term 1 AY2020, only those elective courses available online are available as options for you to select from.

  • A maximum of two elective courses per term is recommended considering the balance between course work and lab work. You may choose one or none to tailor your program as needed.

  • Credit requirements for electives: 20 credits of electives for Bachelor degree holders, a minimum of 10 for higher degree holders (Master's degree or above). Mentors may recommend to GS that you receive a waiver of 1-10 credits, depending on your level of preparation for the desired research plan.  Contact Curriculum and Programs Section at for discussion about transfer credits and credit waivers, before you submit this form.

  • Please list sufficient courses to cover your full credit requirements (20 electives credits for BScentry, maybe less for MSc entry). 

  • Plan a program of courses that complement what you already know and develop your knowledge in the core area more fully in consideration of your background, aims, and intentions at OIST.  Consider taking some basic courses outside your specialization to better prepare you for collaborative and interdisciplinary work.
Term 1 (2020 Sep - Dec)
Term 2 (2021 Jan - Apr)
Term 3 (2021 May - August)
AY 2021 Term 1 (2021 Sept- Dec)
AY 2021 Term 2 (2022 Jan-Apr)
AY 2021 Term 3 (2022 May-Aug)