Biomedical Informatics  

Checklist for coterms

The rules are a bit complicated. Here's a summary:

  • See the Coterminal Masters Degree page, VPGE Coterminal Degrees page, Stanford University Procedures for Coterminal Students, and BMI curriculum description in exploredegrees.
  • When asking questions about your particular circumstances, please make sure that you have listed all the courses towards your MS on a flowsheet, and make that available to us, as nearly all questions involve some aspect of that.
  • You are required to have at least 180 units (undergraduate) and 45 units (graduate).
  • No units may be counted towards both undergraduate and BMI MS degree.
  • 45 units are required for the BMI MS.
  • All courses counted towards the MS must be at or above the 100 level.
  • At least 23 units must be courses at or above the 200 level.
  • At least 27 units must taken for a grade.
  • BMI core courses may not be taken pass/fail. Exceptions: BIOMEDIN 200 (no longer offered), 201, 205, 206, 207, 290, 299, 390, 801, 802, and MED 255.
  • A complete list of elective courses that can count for CS/Stats/Math/Eng is listed here. Up to 6 units of CS/Stats/Math/Eng can be taken pass/fail.
  • You can apply to BMI upon completion of 120 units, but no later than the quarter prior to the expected completion of the undergraduate degree.
  • Coterminal students are permitted to count coursework taken in the three quarters immediately prior to their first graduate quarter toward their graduate degree (Summer quarter is not included in the count).
  • The Coterminal Course Approval Form is used for transferring courses from
    the undergraduate career to the graduate career, and vice versa. This must
    be done before the undergraduate degree is conferred.
  • A common question is how to deal with courses when you have counted a class required for the MS towards your undergraduate degree (typically because you took the class more than three quarters before starting the MS). In that case, the course counts towards the distribution (content) requirement of the appropriate area of the MS curriculum, but not towards the total units; those units are therefore replaced by the same number of unrestricted units. This applies for each of the BMI content areas (BMI core, CS/Stats, and Social/Ethical)
    • Example: You took CS181W as an undergraduate. This class satisfies the BMI MS Social and Ethical requirement; instead of taking graduate courses towards this requirement, you now take an additional 4 units of unrestricted electives. Write "CS181W (4 units, taken as UG)" on the flowsheet, and put 0 units. Then also list the class you are taking instead in the Unrestricted or Other category, with the units.
    • Example: You took BIOMEDIN 217 as an undergraduate. This class is part of the BMI core, so replace those 4 units with 4 unrestricted units. In general, it would be best to pick graduate courses with some thematic relationship to biomedical informatics. Follow the same procedure for listing the course and its replacement.
    • The new (post Aug 1, 2016 admission) curriculum and flow sheet make this even easier because they have a new column that flags the undergraduate classes and leaves them out of the GPA calculation.
  • Students must finish the master’s degree within 3 years of their first co-terminal quarter. Note that taking a leave of absence do NOT extend your time to degree.


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