Computational Biology is an interdisciplinary field that develops and applies computational methods to understand and predict biological systems, and to address societal challenges. The Computational Biology (CBIO) Minor at CU teaches undergraduates to combine computational thinking and algorithms to study biological problems and systems. The program prepares students to understand complex biological phenomena and topics including epidemiology, biotechnology, precision medicine and human health, genetics and genomics, environmental systems, data science, and scientific research.
What will I learn in the minor?
- Computational biology core concepts and experimental techniques
- Representing and understanding biological data and patterns
- Biologically relevant skills in applied math, data science & statistics, and computing
- Modeling and predicting biological processes and dynamics
- Biological phenomena under uncertainty with probabilistic and statistical analyses
Can I join?
The CBIO Minor is a cross-college minor that welcomes students from a diversity of majors. Students come together from disciplines in biology, math, computer science, and engineering in interdisciplinary learning settings. Students must have a minimum CU cumulative GPA of 2.500 to enroll. A prerequisite course of Calculus I or equivalent, with a grade of C- or better, is required to enroll. If you are interested in enrolling, fill out the CBIO Minor Statement of Interest Application Form.
Complete one of the following before enrolling in the CBIO Minor:
|MATH 1300||Calculus I|
|MATH 1310||Calculus for Life Sciences|
|APPM 1345||Calculus I w/ Algebra, Part B|
|APPM 1350||Calculus I for Engineers|
|Calculus I AP credit|
- Requirements are met by completing courses in three areas: Skills, BioElectives, and Data & Structure + Bioprocesses.
- The two main pathways through the minor requirements are: a biology background, which fulfills BioElective coursework, or computing or math background, which fulfills most Skills coursework.
- The CBIO Minor is intentionally designed to provide you overlap with your respective computational and biological expertise while challenging you to integrate core concepts and skills.
- A GPA of 2.250 or better is required in the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for this minor.
- Relevant coursework can be petitioned.
Ready to enroll?
Interested in enrolling in the CBIO Minor? Start here!
Aaron Clauset, CBIO Minor Faculty Director, BioFrontiers and Dept. of Computer Science
Kristin Powell, CBIO Minor Associate Director, BioFrontiers
Eva Lacy, CBIO Minor Academic Advisor, Dept. of Computer Science
Ed Chuong, BioFrontiers and Dept. of Molecular Cellular & Developmental Biology
Robin Dowell, BioFrontiers and Dept. of Molecular Cellular & Developmental Biology
Rhonda Hoenigman, CEAS Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Dan Larremore, BioFrontiers and Dept. of Computer Science
Ryan Layer, BioFrontiers and Dept. of Computer Science
Manuel Lladser, Dept. of Applied Mathematics
Brett Melbourne, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Orit Peleg, BioFrontiers and Dept. of Computer Science
John Rinn, BioFrontiers and Dept. of Biochemistry
The CBIO Minor is brought to you by a partnership between the BioFrontiers Institute and the Dept. of Computer Science.