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Bachelor of Science in Systems Biology

Systems biology is a rapidly emerging area of research activity at the interface of mathematics, computer science, and the biological sciences. Many modern areas of biology research (e.g., biochemical, neural, behavioral, and ecosystem networks) require the mastery of advanced quantitative and computational skills. The systems biology Bachelor of Sscience degree program is intended to provide the quantitative and multidisciplinary understanding that is necessary for work in these areas. This skill set is different from that produced by traditional undergraduate programs in biology. Consequently, the Systems Biology BS program includes a specialized five-course core curriculum* (different from the three-course core used in the Biology BA and BS programs), as well as foundation courses from computer science and advanced mathematics.

*Please note: the Systems Biology major is currently undergoing review. Although the University Bulletin states that students must take BIOL 250/251 these courses are NO LONGER being offered. Please contact Katie Bingman for specifics at

Undergraduate research is recommended (as BIOL 388S Undergraduate Research – SAGES Capstone and BIOL 390 Advanced Undergraduate Research), but is not required.

Systems Biology core courses
BIOL 214 Genes, Evolution, and Ecology 3
BIOL 215 Cells and Proteins 3
BIOL 216 Development and Physiology
BIOL 300 Dynamics of Biological Systems: A Quantitative Introduction to Biology 3
BIOL 306 Dynamics of Biological Systems II: Tools for Mathematical Biology 3

Additional requirements:

6 hrs in one sub-specialty track.

6 hrs. of Systems Biology Electives

9 hrs. of Biology electives


MATH 121
MATH 122
MATH 223
MATH 224


CHEM 105
CHEM 113
CHEM 106


PHYS 121
PYHS 122

Computer Science

EECS 132
EECS 302
EECS 233


STAT 312


For additional course requirements and up-to-date elective courses, please contact Katie Bingman in the Department of Biology.