Starting Fall 2012, undergraduates in any UCLA Major can can obtain a Bioinformatics Minor.
Scope and Objectives
The Bioinformatics minor introduces undergraduate students to the emerging interdisciplinary field of Bioinformatics, an active area of research at UCLA combining elements of the Computational Sciences with the Biological Sciences. The minor organizes the many course offerings in different UCLA departments into a coherent course plan providing undergraduate students with significant training in bioinformatics in addition to the training they obtain from their major. Students who complete the minor will be strong candidates for admission to Ph.D. programs in bioinformatics as well as have the relevant training to obtain jobs in the biotechnology industry.
Students complete a core curriculum and an elective course. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in undergraduate research as early as possible in one of the many research groups offering research opportunities in Bioinformatics.
The core of the minor includes a survey-seminar course introducing students to computational biology Computational and Systems Biology M184 “Introduction to Computational Systems Biology” and the two primary bioinformatics courses which include Computer Science CM 121 “Introduction to Bioinformatics” and Computer Science CM 124 “Computational Genetics”. In addition, the upper division requirements include an algorithms course, Computer Science 180 or Mathematics 182. The remaining elective upper division courses include additional bioinformatics courses, genomics courses, computational biology courses covering topics outside of bioinformatics and additional computational methodology courses. The lower division requirements will be the prereqs for these courses.
To enter the minor, students must be (1) in good academic standing (2.0 grade point average, or better), (2) have completed 2 of the 3 lower division requirements with a minimum grade of C, and (3) file a petition in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, 6426 Boelter Hall. See for details on the process of changing Major/Minor.
Required Lower Division Courses (14 units minimum): Computer Science 32 or Program in Computing 10C, Life Sciences 3, 23L, Mathematics 33A.
Required Upper Division Courses (18 units minimum): Computational and Systems Biology M184 (or Computer Science M184), Computer Science 180 (or Mathematics 182), two courses from Computer Science CM121 (or Chemistry and Biochemistry CM160A) or CM122 (or Chemistry and Biochemistry CM160B) or CM124 (or Human Genetics CM124), and one bioinformatics elective course selected from Computational and Systems Biology M186, Computer Science CM121, CM122, CM124, 170A, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 135, Electrical Engineering 102, 141, Human Genetics C144, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology 144, 172, Physiological Science 125, Statistics 100A, 100B. 8 units of either Computer Science 194 or 199 or Bioinformatics 199 may be applied as an elective by petition.
Students are strongly encouraged to take Computational and Systems Biology M184 as early as possible to obtain an overview of computational biology.
I graduated in applied math
Waste of a degree for directly finding a job (unless you're smart and unlazy -- I'm neither), but employers seemed to like the fact that I had the analytical foundation.
You can do programming (I'm a db programmer) or analysis, but it's best to get some experience in a particular field. A math degree alone isn't as good as a math degree with statistics, economics, accounting, business, biology (bioinformatics) for most of the jobs out there.
If I could do it all over again, I'd skip the applied math (physics), and do straight math with a minor in statistics. Then I would have learned some SAS.
What's more valuable in computer industry?bioinf
I will be attending a new university [UCSC] starting this fall and since I have only 2 years left for my bachelors I need to come up with a game plan. Basically, itâs between getting a degree in computer science with a minor in bioinformatics, OR getting a degree in c.s. and then going straight for master. What do you think is valued more by the employers? If I go for the masters what concentration would be the best? I was thinking either system programming or multimedia. Same thing with a minor, what is in demand right now?
P.S. I know there are a lot of people who believe the computer science field is dead and all jobs are getting shipped off to India; assume that Iâm not changing my major, simply because Iâm a die-hard computer geek.
Thank you in advance.
And a cheesespread too!
In practice, biotech jobs mostly involve the transfer of small volumes of water containing minor chemical contaminants precisely and accurately from one container into another.
Such jobs may also involve computer use and programming, public speaking, the reading and interpretation of research literature, writing, and the babysitting of electronic equipment and other hardware. A history degree could be good intellectual groundwork for a career in this field, given that 'biotech' grows out of the exploration of organisms that are essentially the outcomes and living records of millions of years of trial and error historical-biological events