Mindful of the emerging opportunities at the interface of biology and computer science, the Department of Biology and the Department of Computer Science & Engineering have fashioned the minor in bioinformatics. This program 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 2200 Elementary Probability and Statistics
or Math 3200 Elementary to Intermediate Statistics and Data Analysis
or DAT 120
DAT 121
Managerial Statistics I
and Managerial Statistics II
Total Units17

Advanced biology elective: Choose one of the following:

Biol 3492Laboratory Experiments with Eukaryotic Microbes3
Biol 4181Population Genetics3
Biol 4342Research Explorations in Genomics4
Biol 437Laboratory on DNA Manipulation4
Biol 4525Structural Bioinformatics of Proteins (Writing Intensive)4

Computer Science & Engineering elective: Choose one of the following:

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 computer science & engineering (CSE), some portion of the introductory sequence will overlap with the courses required for the major and that these courses will be applicable to both the major and the minor. Upper-level courses in biology and CSE used to fulfill the minor requirements may not be used to fulfill the requirements of another major or minor in Arts & Sciences. A minimum grade of C- is required for all courses to count toward the minor.