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Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics

The interdisciplinary minor in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics is an integrative program that introduces students to the quantitative and computational approaches that are redefining all disciplines in the biological sciences, from molecular and cell biology, through genetics and physiology, to ecology and evolutionary biology. Students in this minor will learn research tools that apply mathematical and computational methods, increase their insight into the strengths and limitations of quantitative approaches, and develop the interdisciplinary perspective that is now the foundation of modern biological research and training.

The minor in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics is open to all undergraduates regardless of major and is sponsored by the College of Biological Sciences.

Requirements: 

18-24 units

Core courses (8-12 units)

  • Programming (4 units)
    • ECS 032A Introduction to Programming (4 units)
      • Or ECS 036A Programming and Problem Solving (4 units)
      • Or the equivalent.
    • The programming requirement may be satisfied by previous experience and therefore may not entail college course credit. Please see your minor advisor for this determination and its possible impact on your unit requirements for the minor.
  • Quantitative Biology (4 units)
    • BIS 132 Introduction to Dynamic Models in Modern Biology (4 units)​
      • Or MAT 124 Mathematical Biology (4 units)
  • Bioinformatics (4-8 units)
    • ECS 124 Theory and Practice of Bioinformatics (4 units)
    • ECS 129 Computational Structural Bioinformatics (4 units)

Quantitative and Computational Preparation (4 units)

  • Choose one of the following courses 
    • BIM 105 Probability and Statistics for Biomedical Engineers (4 units)
    • ECS 130 Scientific Computation (4 units)
    • MAT 128A Numerical Analysis (4 units)
    • MAT 128B Numerical Analysis in Solution of Equations (4 units)
    • MAT 128C Numerical Analysis in Differential Equations (4 units)
    • MAT 135A Probability (4 units)
    • STA 130A Mathematical Statistics: Brief Course (4 units)
    • STA 131A Introduction to Probability Theory (4 units)
    • STA 141A Fundamentals of Statistical Data Science (4 units)

Restricted Electives (6-8 units)

  • Complete two or more from the following list to achieve a total of 18-24 units  
    • BIS 134 Systems Biology: From Biological Circuits to Biological Systems (2 units)
    • BIS 180L Genomics Laboratory (5 units)
    • BIS 181 Comparative Genomics (3 units)
    • BIS 183 Functional Genomics (3 units)
    • BIM 102 Cellular Dynamics (4 units)
    • BIM 117 Modeling Strategies for Biomedical Engineering (4 units)
    • BIM 140 Protein Engineering (4 units)
    • BIM 141 Cell and Tissue Mechanics (4 units)
    • BIM 151 Mechanics of DNA (3 units)
    • BIT 150 Applied Bioinformatics (4 units)
    • ECS 165A Database Systems (4 units)
    • EVE 102 Population and Quantitative Genetics (4 units)
    • EVE 103 Phylogeny, Speciation and Macroevolution (4 units)
    • EVE 104 Community Ecology (4 units)
    • EVE 175 Computational Genetics (3 units)
    • MIC 105 Microbial Diversity (3 units)
    • MCB 123 Behavior and Analysis of Enzyme and Receptor Systems (3 units)
    • MCB 143 Cell and Molecular Biophysics (3 units)
    • MCB 182 Principles of Genomics (3 units)
    • NPB 166 Math Tools for Neuroscience (4 units)
    • NPB 167 Computational Neuroscience (5 units)
  • Choose one of the following courses (4 units)
    • ESP 121 Population Ecology (4 units)
    • WFC 122 Population Dynamics and Estimation (4 units)

Restrictions: No more than two upper division courses from a single department may be offered in satisfaction of the minor requirements. Only one course used to satisfy a requirement for the minor may be applied toward a student’s major.

Total = 18-24 units

 

Minor Advisors

C. Hom
clhom@ucdavis.edu
(530) 754-9733