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Students will complete a minimum of 30 credits (32 credits for catalogue years prior to 2016-2017) composed of the following and should complete a study plan by the end of the first year in the BCB Program:

  • 9 credits in core courses
  • 9 credits of depth courses
  • 10 credits of research & thesis work
  • 2 credits of graduate seminar

Curriculum Summary

Foundation Courses

These courses, or equivalent knowledge, are necessary foundation for core courses. Your committee will help you determine whether you should take background courses.

Course ID Course Name Credits
BIOL 549 Computer Skills for Biologists 3 credits (Alt. Even F)

Core Courses

The three required core courses (below) provide a shared educational foundation and a common language for interdisciplinary research.

Course ID Course Name Credits
CS 515 Computational Biology - Course Expectations 3 credits (Alt. Odd S)
Biol 522 Molecular Evolution - Course Expectations 3 credits (Alt. Even S)
Math 563 Mathematical Genetics - Course Expectations 3 credits (Alt. Odd F)

Depth Courses

Depth courses are designed to provide detailed knowledge of bioinformatics and computational biology. Students will complete 9 credits of depth courses, including at least 3 in biological sciences and 3 in computer/mathematical sciences.

Research & Thesis

Students will conduct research and thesis work that leads to significant and original contributions to science.

Course ID Course Name Credits
BCB 500 Research and Thesis 10 credits

Graduate Seminar

Course ID Course Name Credits
BCB 501 Seminar 2 credits


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