Policies, Credits and Grading Overview


Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope is on a trimester system.  Each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) is approximately 17 weeks.  Classes will occur intensively over 13 weeks during each period.  Once students advance to candidacy they are expected to perform research for 17 weeks per trimester unless on leave.

Credit Hours Policy

All full-time students at Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope are required to be enrolled in a minimum of 10 credits per trimester.

Each course provides the student with 1-5 credits. Each seminar and journal club will provide one credit per trimester of attendance at City of Hope's Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences.  Laboratory research shall have an equivalent level of effort, with one credit hour being awarded for forty five hours of research or study.  

Course syllabi should clearly indicate the credit hours and expectation of effort of the class.  The Curriculum Committee will annually review the application of the policy on credit hours for accuracy and reliability.

Student Grievances

Student appeals and grievances should be addressed to the Dean of the Graduate School within thirty days of the date of the action notice.   Students will be entitled to a hearing, if an appropriate, timely request is made, as determined by the Dean.  The request for a hearing should include the student's reasons for requesting the meeting and name parties, if any, who the student believes are pertinent to the grievance.