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Computational Biology Track: 2011-2012 Requirements

 

Computer Science is rapidly becoming critical to many areas of biology and medicine. Computer scientists familiar with these fields and with relevant computer applications will play essential roles in future advances. The Computational Biology track's flexible requirements reflect the diverse fields of computer science that are applied to problems in biology or medicine. Possible areas of emphasis include

  • database design and data mining,

  • algorithms,

  • machine learning (from artificial intelligence), and

  • numerical computation.

Students graduating from the Computational Biology track will be ready to work in teams to develop the software and systems for a variety of biomedical applications. Examples of employment opportunities include

  • identifying drug targets or developing new drugs for a pharmaceutical company;

  • contributing to basic research in biology and medicine.

In addition to the degree requirements for all Computer Science majors, the Computational Biology track has the following requirements specific to the track:

  • Track Foundation

    All of the following courses are required:

    • CSCI 4314-3, Algorithms for Molecular Biology.
    • CSCI 4317-3, Genome Databases: Mining and Management.
    • CSCI 4810-1, Seminar in Computational Biology and Health Informatics.
  • Track Core

    Four additional courses selected from the following are required:

  • Track Capstone

    One of the following options is required:

    • CSCI 4308-4 and CSCI 4318-4, Software Engineering Project 1 and Software Engineering Project 2.

      A project relevant to biology or health applications should be undertaken when possible. This sequence must be taken contiguously and may not be taken before the senior year. Prerequisites for Senior Project include the successful completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours of Computer Science Foundation, Track Foundation, Track Core and Computer Science Electives. See Senior Project for more information.

    • CSCI 4950-8, Senior Thesis.

      A topic relevant to biology or health applications should be undertaken when possible. Senior Thesis may not be taken before the senior year. Prerequisites for Senior Thesis include the successful completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours of Computer Science Foundation, Track Foundation, Track Core and Computer Science Electives. See Senior Thesis for more information.

  • Natural Science

    Due to its close relationship with certain areas of science, this track requires that the Natural Science sequence be selected from the following:

    • Biochemistry (CHEM)

      Satisfies the Natural Science sequence requirement for all tracks.

    • Biological Psychology (PSYC)

      Satisfies the Natural Science sequence requirement for all tracks.

    • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EBIO)

      Satisfies the Natural Science sequence requirement for all tracks.

    • Integrative Physiology (IPHY)

      Satisfies the Natural Science sequence requirement for all tracks.

    • Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB)

      Satisfies the Natural Science sequence requirement for all tracks.

    • Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS)

      Satisfies the Natural Science sequence requirement for all tracks.

See the Computational Biology Flow Chart for a quick overview of all degree requirements for the track.

 
See also:
Department of Computer Science
College of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
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