B.S. in Bioinformatics

The Department of Biomolecular Engineering offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in bioinformatics. Students majoring in another, related subject may minor in bioinformatics. Also, bioinformatics students may apply in their senior year for our combined B.S./graduate program, which streamlines the path to the advanced degree.

For information on the scope and requirements of the programs, see the program description in the UCSC General Catalog.

For a more comprehensible overview of the requirements, see the School of Engineering Curriculum Charts.

Program Learning Outcomes

A bioinformatics student completing the program should

  • have a detailed knowledge of statistics, computer science, biochemistry, and genetics;
  • be able to find and use information from a variety of sources, including books, journal articles, and online encyclopedias;
  • be able to design and conduct computational experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  • be able to apply their knowledge to write programs for answering research questions in biology;
  • be able to communicate problems, experiments, and design solutions in writing, orally, and as posters; and
  • be able to apply ethical reasoning to make decisions about engineering methods and solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

Advising Information

Undergraduates may apply for supplemental funding through the CBSE Diversity Awards in Genomic Sciences and from other sources, found at the CBSE website.

All students are strongly advised to attend a research talk each week—there are relevant seminar series sponsored by Biomolecular Engineering, MCD Biology, Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology, Computer Science, Applied Math and Statistics, and other departments.  To find out about the research talks, students are advised to sign up for the "compbio" mailing list.