NonparametricBananas Posted June 12, 2015 Share Posted June 12, 2015 Hello! I wanted to get some opinions from people who are doing their PhDs in the US. I'm going to an American university in August to start my PhD in Zoology. Currently, I'm doing my MSc at a Canadian university -- the general focus of my research is behavioural endocrinology. The lab that I will be joining for my PhD is largely an endocrinology lab. Recently, I got an email from the grad school and department reminding me to enroll in courses for the fall semester. In my current program, graduation requirements only entail two courses and your thesis. The information that I have available thus far is pretty vague -- the grad handbook only gives degree requirements and nothing else on what you need to take throughout the program. Nonetheless, I contacted my supervisor and asked him to recommend some courses and he suggested endocrinology, some biochem, and some biotech. While he didn't mandate that I take any of these courses (save for endocrinology and intro to biotech), I am just concerned over my ability to succeed in these courses. My training is predominantly in ecology/evolution/behaviour and while I can certainly make the effort to try to succeed in these courses, I am just worried about the potential outcomes (probation, being removed from the program for not meeting GPA requirements with the grad courses). Are these grad courses difficult? I've had friends tell me that grad students are typically graded more leniently as opposed to undergrads. I hope I haven't painted myself as having jumped into the lion's den. I knew I was joining an endocrinology lab from the get-go, but I never expected the prospect of having to take advanced biochem courses (I do not have a foundation in this whatsoever). Endocrinology (the course) I can totally do, but otherwise....ehh. Please give me your thoughts and advice. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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