Computational and Systems Biology / Undergraduate Study

Mathematical Biology Minor

The Mathematical Biology minor introduces undergraduate students to an active interdisciplinary research field at UCLA. The minor core examines biological systems in a holistic and quantitative manner by emphasizing systems and integrative principles in biology. Students who complete the minor have sufficient training to apply the knowledge they learn in graduate school or employment of their choice. Students complete a core curriculum and an elective course. The minor consists of lower-division courses basic to the minor and four core courses and one option course that provide the needed background in mathematical biology, molecular and cell biology, statistics and probability, and mathematical modeling and simulation methods for biological systems.

To enter the minor, students must (1) be in good academic standing (2.0 grade-point average or better) and have completed Computer Science 31 or Program in Computing 10A with a grade of C or better, (2) submit an application essay supporting their interest in pursuing the minor and detailing any projects that they have already undertaken, and (3) file a petition in the Undergraduate Advising Office, 4436 Boelter Hall, after appropriate counseling.

Required Lower-Division Courses (8 units): Mathematics 33A, 33B.

Required Upper-Division Courses (24 units): Computational and Systems Biology M184, M186, Mathematics 170A or Electrical and Computer Engineering 131A or Statistics 100A, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology M140 or 144, Statistics 100B, and one elective course selected from Biomathematics 106, 108, Electrical and Computer Engineering 102, Mathematics 134, 136, 171, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology 172, or Physiological Science 125.

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, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in the minor. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.