Systems and Synthetic Biology at UC Davis

Systems and Synthetic Biology

College of Biological Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science

Opening Fall 2022, the systems and synthetic biology major provides students with a broad understanding of these two related and interdisciplinary fields. Systems biology aims to understand how complex organismal properties and structures arise from simple components and interactions, and to identify design principles common to many types of biological regulation. Synthetic Biology focuses on the modification (or, ultimately, de novo construction) of organisms to generate novel pathways and processes.

Major Requirements

This major emphasizes integrative, computational and quantitative approaches to solving biological problems and engineering new biological outcomes.

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Degree Outcomes


  • Pharmaceutical researcher
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Bioenergy scientist
  • Agricultural technologist
  • Nutrition scientist

Graduate Study

  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Public policy

Alumni Employers

  • The systems and synthetic biology major is launching Fall 2022. We’ll have more information on alumni employers once the first class graduates!
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