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 Electives||18.5|
|Select one of the following tracks:||2-3|
|Introduction to Biology - The Molecular Biology of Life|
|Introductory Molecular Biology Laboratory|
|Introductory Organismal Biology Lab|
|Introduction to Biology A|
|Introduction to Biology B|
|BIOL 221||Molecular Biology and Genetics||1|
|BIOL 230||Evolutionary Biology||1|
|Introductory Chemistry or Physics|
|Select one of the following:||1.5|
|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 104||Calculus, Part I||1|
|Select one of the following:||1|
|Statistics for Biologists|
|Introductory Business Statistics|
|CIS 120||Programming Languages and Techniques I||1|
|CIS 121||Programming Languages and Techniques II||1|
|CIS 160||Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science||1|
|BIOL 437||Introduction to Computational Biology & Biological Modeling||1|
|BIOL 399||Independent Study||1|
|Additional Biology Major Courses|
|Select 2 course units of Additional Biology Major courses||2|
|Computational Biology-Related Courses|
|Select 3 course units of Computational Biology-Related courses||3|
|Total Course Units||36-37|
You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.
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 2018 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.