Rockefeller's Ph.D. program is based on the concept of learning science by doing science, and our laboratories are at the center of the Ph.D. training program. There are 72 laboratories at Rockefeller, each headed by a tenured or tenure-track member of the faculty, that study everything from biochemistry to genetics to immunology to neuroscience to biophysics.
Students in the Life Sciences, including the area defined as Biophysics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, must satisfactorily complete seven units of course work. One unit generally consists of 12 classes. Several courses consist of 24 classes and count as two units. Evaluation of satisfactory course completion typically consists of a brief written or oral examination, or preparation of a short research review or proposal. Courses are grouped into five major areas, but students can complete the curriculum requirements by participation in any combination of courses. If the Rockefeller curriculum does not meet a specific educational need, in many cases students can take courses offered outside the University, at other institutions in New York City or even elsewhere.