Computational and Systems Biology (CaSB)

Computational and Systems Biology is an interdisciplinary major that trains students to solve basic and applied biological problems by combining the sciences, mathematics, and computing. Students learn to apply quantititative and computational approaches to solve a vast array of biological questions, such as how cells process information, which genes influence disease risk, what determines rates of tumor growth, and which factors drive biodiversity. A major goal of the CaSB curriculum is to understand whole systems–from cells to ecosystems–both in terms of their component parts and their emergent behaviors. These diverse systems can be studied and understood using computer simulations, modeling, numerical techniques, statistics, informatics, and data analytics.

Students majoring in CaSB receive interdisciplinary training in biology, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and computer science. There are currently five designated concentrations for the CaSB Major: Bioinformatics, Biological Data Sciences, Biomedical Systems, Neurosystems, and Systems Biology. CaSB also offers three Minor programs: Mathematical Biology, Structural Biology, and Systems Biology.

What can I do with a degree in CaSB?

  • Industry: Software, Biotechnology, Medicine, Dentistry, Defense, Public Health, Business/Finance, Law, Consulting, Startups, etc.
  • Master’s or Ph.D. Programs: Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Biology, Public Health, Mathematics, Statistics, Bioengineering, etc.
  • Medical School: CaSB students have been able to gain admission to top ranked medical schools such as Columbia, UCSD, UCSF, Harvard, etc.

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