Biology: Computational Biology, BA

Computational and Mathematical Biology are important new areas in the biological sciences. Many areas in genetics, ecology, and evolution depend on sophisticated quantitative analyses. For example, the advent of data from the human genome project (and similar data from other species) has shown the need for computer, statistical and mathematical methods to store, retrieve and analyze massive data sets. Recognizing the growing importance of these quantitative techniques and skills, we have developed undergraduate concentrations in both Computational and Mathematical Biology. These Concentrations are designed to prepare students for the world of data-driven science.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 36. Double majors may entail more course units.

With permission of the Undergraduate Chair, two course units away or LPS courses may count toward the Biology major. This limit does not apply to Study Abroad.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives18.5
Major Requirements
Introductory Biology4-5
Select one of the following tracks: 2
Intro Bio Track 1:
Introduction to Biology - The Molecular Biology of Life
Introductory Molecular Biology Laboratory
Introductory Organismal Biology Lab
Intermediate Biology
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Evolutionary Biology
Intro Bio Track 2:
Introduction to Biology A
Introduction to Biology B
Intermediate Biology
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Evolutionary Biology
Introductory Chemistry or Physics
Select one of the following:1.5
Introduction to General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
General Physics: Mechanics, Heat and Sound
Principles of Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion
Honors Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion
Introductory Math & Statistics
MATH 1400Calculus, Part I1
Select one of the following:1
Statistics for Biologists
Introductory Business Statistics
Introductory Statistics
Statistical Inference
Computer Science
CIS 1200Programming Languages and Techniques I1
CIS 1210Programming Languages and Techniques II1
CIS 1600Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science1
Capstone Courses
BIOL 4536Introduction to Computational Biology & Biological Modeling1
BIOL 3999Independent Study1
Additional Biology Major Courses
Select 2 course units of Additional Biology Major courses2
Computational Biology-Related Courses
Select 3 course units of Computational Biology-Related courses3
Total Course Units36

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


Track 1 students must take one additional College credit.


Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the major and the thesis must be approved by the departmental honors committee.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.