Mindful of the emerging opportunities at the interface of biology and computer science, the Department of Biology and Department of Computer Science & Engineering have fashioned the minor in bioinformatics that serves students from both departments as well as other students from the natural sciences and engineering with an interest in this field.

Units required: 23-24 units as described below

Core courses:

Biol 2960Principles of Biology I4
Biol 2970Principles of Biology II4
CSE 131Introduction to Computer Science3
CSE 247Data Structures and Algorithms3
ESE 326Probability and Statistics for Engineering3
or Math 3200 Elementary to Intermediate Statistics and Data Analysis
or QBA 120
QBA 121
Managerial Statistics I
and Managerial Statistics II
Total Units17

Advanced biology elective: Choose one of:

Biol 3492Laboratory Experiments with Eukaryotic Microbes3
Biol 4181Population Genetics3
Biol 4342Research Explorations in Genomics4
Biol 437Laboratory on DNA Manipulation4

CSE elective: Choose one of:

CSE 514AData Mining3
CSE 584AAlgorithms for Biosequence Comparison3
or L41 Biol 5504
Algorithms for Biosequence Comparison
CSE 587AAlgorithms for Computational Biology3

Additional Information

It is anticipated that for those students majoring in biology or CSE, some portion of the introductory sequence will overlap with courses required for the major, and these courses will be applicable to both the major and the minor. Upper-level courses in Biology and CSE used to fulfill the minor may not be used to fulfill another major or minor in Arts & Sciences. A minimum grade of C- is required for all courses to count toward the minor.