B.S. Computer Science with a Specialization in Bioinformatics

The explosion in biological knowledge spawned by the various genome projects has created entirely new fields and industries, and a need for trained computational biologists who are familiar with biology, mathematics, and computer sciences. The computer science and engineering department offers rigorous, interdisciplinary training in the new and rapidly evolving field of bioinformatics.

Bioinformatics refers to advanced computational and experimental methods that model the flow of information (genetic, metabolic, and regulatory) in living systems to provide an integrated understanding of the system properties of organisms.

This interdisciplinary major also is offered by the Division of Biological Sciences and the Department of Bioengineering.

UCSD Catalog

 

Degree Plan Checklist:

 

 

Four Year Plans:

Year Fall Winter Spring

First Year

CSE 8A* 

MATH 20A

CHEM 6A

CSE 8B or CSE 11

CSE 20*

MATH 20B

CHEM 6B

MATH 20C

BILD 1

CSE 12

CSE 15L 

Second Year

CSE 30

CSE 21

CHEM 40A

BILD 4

CSE 100

CHEM 40B or BENG 120*

MATH 18

GE

CSE 101

BILD 3

PHYS 2A

GE

Third Year

BICD 100

BIMM 100

CSE Elective

GE

BIMM 101

MATH 186

BIBC 102

GE

CSE 182

CSE Elective

GE

GE

Fourth Year

BENG 183

CSE Elective

CSE Elective

CSE 181

CSE Elective

GE

CSE 185

CSE Elective

GE

 

*Students who do not have programming experience should begin with the two-track course: CSE 8A (take CSE 8B in the second quarter). Students who have programming experience may begin with CSE 11 (take CSE 12 and CSE 15L in the second quarter).

*CHEM 40B (or BENG 120) is not required for major requirements, but must be completed for BIMM 100/BIBC 102 prerequisites.

*CSE 20 is not required for major requirements but recommended to complete for CSE 21 prerequisites.

*Electives: Students are permitted to take any of these pre-approved courses to fulfill their CSE Elective requirements.  Please note that courses on this list may not automatically populate in the correct area of a student's degree audit.  In order to update the audit, please contact the CSE major advisors through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC). 

 

Major restrictions - The following majors may NOT double major or minor in CSE: 

- Any majors that fall under the Jacob's School of Engineering

- Data Science majors (DS25)

- Math-Computer Science majors (MA30) 

 

Transfer Students:

​Transfer students are in a special situation where the credits they come in with vary vastly from one student to another. To assist transfer students with their long term plans for completing major requirements, we have created different long term plans with different entry points depending on the CSE credits students typically come in with. These plans only include CSE major requirements, for questions regarding your college and university requirements please check with your college.

*These plans only focus on CSE coursework. For a list of all CSE Major requirements (including math and general science courses needed), please see the BS Computer Science with Specialization in Bioinformatics Checklist above

Incoming Computer Science with a Specialization in Bioinformatics (CS27) majors with transfer credit for CSE 8A and CSE 20, click here for a sample long-term plan. 
Fall Quarter - First Year Winter Quarter - First Year Spring Quarter - First Year
CSE 11 CSE 12 CSE 30
CSE 21 CSE 15L CHEM 40B
CHEM 6B CHEM 40A BILD 4
  BILD 3  
Fall Quarter - Second Year Winter Quarter - Second Year Spring Quarter - Second Year
CSE 100 CSE 101 CSE 182
BIMM 100 BIMM 101 CSE 185
CHEM 114A MATH 186 BICD 100
CSE Elective CSE Elective CSE Elective
Fall Quarter - Third Year Winter Quarter - Third Year  
BENG 183 CSE 181  
PHYS 2A CSE Elective  
CSE Elective CSE Elective/Technical Elective  
Incoming Computer Science with a Specialization in Bioinformatics (CS27) majors with transfer credit for CSE 11 and CSE 20, click here for a sample long-term plan.
Fall Quarter - First Year Winter Quarter - First Year Spring Quarter - First Year
CSE 12 CSE 21 CSE 100
CSE 15L CSE 30 CHEM 40B
CHEM 6B CHEM 40A BILD 4
BILD 3    
Fall Quarter - Second Year Winter Quarter - Second Year Spring Quarter - Second Year
CSE 101 CSE 181 CSE 185
BIMM 100 MATH 186 CSE 182
CHEM 114A BICD 100 BIMM 101
PHYS 2A CSE Elective  
Fall Quarter - Third Year Winter Quarter - Third Year  
BENG 183 CSE Elective  
CSE Elective CSE Elective  
CSE Elective CSE Elective/Technical Elective  
Incoming Computer Science with a Specialization in Bioinformatics (CS27) majors with transfer credit for CSE 11, CSE 12, and CSE 20, click here for a sample long-term plan. 
Fall Quarter - First Year Winter Quarter - First Year Spring Quarter - First Year
CSE 21 CSE 100 CSE 101
CSE15L MATH 186 CHEM 40B
CSE 30* CHEM 40A BILD 4
CHEM 6B BILD 3 CSE 182
Fall Quarter - Second Year Winter Quarter - Second Year Spring Quarter - Second Year
BICD 100 CSE 181 CSE 185
BIMM 100 BIMM 101 CSE Elective
CHEM 114A BENG183 CSE Elective
CSE Elective PHYS 2A  
Fall Quarter - Third Year    
CSE Elective/Technical Elective    
CSE Elective    
CSE Elective    

*Transfer Students may take CSE 15L and CSE 30 concurrently during first Fall Quarter

Incoming Computer Science with a Specialization in Bioinformatics (CS27) majors with transfer credit for CSE 11, CSE 12, CSE 20, and CSE 30, click here for a sample long-term plan. 
Fall Quarter - First Year Winter Quarter - First Year Spring Quarter - First Year
CSE 21 CSE 100 CSE 101
CSE15L MATH 186 CHEM 40B
CHEM 6B CHEM 40A BILD 4
PHYS 2A BILD 3 CSE 182
Fall Quarter - Second Year Winter Quarter - Second Year Spring Quarter - Second Year
BICD 100 CSE 181 CSE 185
BIMM 100 BIMM 101 CSE Elective
CHEM 114A BENG183 CSE Elective
CSE Elective    
Fall Quarter - Third Year    
CSE Elective    
CSE Elective    
CSE Elective/Technical Elective