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Undergraduate Program

The undergraduate major in Computational and Integrative Biology (UCIB) is designed for students interested in the collaborative approach to biology, systems biology, integrative biology, biological chemistry, biomathematics, and computer science. 

Three tracks are set up within the UCIB major and focus on selective areas of study.  Students may choose the Systems Option, the Integrative Option, or the Molecular Option.

Requirements of UCIB Major

Every UCIB student is required to complete basic courses, which provide the academic foundation for the major. However, required courses differ among the tracks to allow in-depth examination of areas of particular individual interest.  More advanced courses provide an opportunity for advanced students to study their primary topic more critically and present results publicly in oral and written form.

Concentration Options

The Molecular Option provides a thorough background in the subject areas involved in Computational and Integrative Biology (CIB) Major, but with a stronger emphasis on chemistry and analysis at the lowest level of biological organization.

The Systems Option provides a thorough background in the subject areas involved in Computational and Integrative Biology (CIB) Major, but with a stronger emphasis on mathematics and the analysis of biological systems at a relatively high level.

The Integrative Option provides a thorough background in the subject areas involved in Computational and Integrative Biology (CIB) Major.  This option is intermediate in focus between the other two options.  This option is meant to be the general-purpose option and will be suitable for the majority of students.

Senior Course

All UCIB majors must complete the following courses before graduating:

  • 50:121:491 Capstone Course I
  • 50:121:492 Capstone Course II

Additional courses will occasionally be offered, consult the Department of Biology course offerings for details.