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 biotechnology, epidemiology, precision medicine, data science, environmental systems, and scientific research.
What will I learn in the minor?
- Computational biology 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 open to undergraduate students rostered in both the College of Arts & Sciences (A&S) and the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS). The program is built to bring together students from biology, math, computer science, and engineering in interdisciplinary learning settings. Students must have a minimum CU cumulative GPA of at least 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.
- There are two main pathways through the requirements: a computing and math background (fulfills most Skills coursework) and a biology background (fulfills BioElective coursework).
- The CBIO Minor provides you overlap with your respective computational and/or biological expertise, and challenges you to integrate new skills.
- Relevant coursework can be petitioned, and starting Spring 2021, some course prerequisites will shift to further align with CBIO Minor curriculum.
- A GPA of 2.250 or better is required in the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for this minor.
Ready to enroll?
Interested in enrolling in the CBIO Minor? Start here!
Reach out to us at CBIOminor@colorado.edu.
The CBIO Minor is brought to you by a partnership between the BioFrontiers Institute and the CU Department of Computer Science.