Computational and Systems Biology / Undergraduate Study

Systems Biology Minor

The Systems Biology minor introduces undergraduate students to an active interdisciplinary quantitative biosciences research and teaching field at UCLA. It offers a coherent course plan encompassing basic foundations of the field. Beside broadening student knowledge in systems biology, the minor provides students with enhanced perspective about computational and systems biology methods and applications and better prepares students to make more informed choices about their future directions and careers. The minor consists of lower-division courses basic to the minor, a survey seminar course, and four core courses and one option course that provide the needed background in molecular and cell biology, computational and systems engineering, 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 (20 units): Computational and Systems Biology M184, M186, Electrical and Computer Engineering 102, 141 (or Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 171A), Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology M140 or 144, and one elective course selected from Biomathematics 106, 108, Mathematics 134, 151A, 151B, 170A, 170B, 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.