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, four core courses, and one elective 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 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. Requests to declare the minor must be sent by e-mail to the program. The e-mail should include full name, UID number, request to declare the minor, and a statement indicating whether the student consents to being added to the departmental undergraduate news listerv.

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 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.