Undergraduate Study

Biomedical Research Minor

Admission to the Biomedical Research minor is competitive, and application follows completion of Biomedical Research 5HA, 10H, Honors Collegium 70A, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology 30H, or an approved alternative course. Applications (see the minor website) must be submitted no later than the first term of the junior year. Students must be in good academic standing and demonstrate a genuine interest in research. All degree requirements, including the specific requirements for this minor, must be fulfilled within the unit maximum set forth by the College of Letters and Science.

Required Lower-Division Courses (9 units): Biomedical Research 5HB (or an approved alternative course) and Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology 60.

Required Upper-Division Courses (24 units): (1) Sixteen units (four courses) of approved laboratory research through either course 198 or 199 (or an approved alternative course); (2) one history of science or philosophy of science course selected from History 179A, 179B, 180A, Neurobiology M169, Philosophy 124, 125, 137, or 155 (or an approved alternative course); and (3) Biomedical Research 193H and 194H, or the required journal club seminars (such as Chemistry and Biochemistry 193A) for students in the Integrated and Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Program, MARC, or UC LEADS.

Students are expected to file a senior research thesis after completion of their 16 research units and must participate in at least one conference in which they present their research. Up to 8 units of research may be applied toward departmental requirements for the major. The research project and thesis may be the same as those for departmental honors.

Transfer credit for any required course is subject to approval. Students with a grade of less than B (3.0) in any minor course or a cumulative grade-point average of less than 3.0 are subject to dismissal from the minor.

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.