Students select a concentration (min. 5 courses: 20 units) when they declare the major. CaSB currently has 5 concentrations: Bioinformatics, Biological Data Sciences, Biomedical Systems, Neurosystems, and Systems Biology. Students also have the option of proposing a Customized concentration.

CaSB is in the process of revising the current concentrations into new tracks. Information on the proposed changes can be found here. The revision is currently under review by the University, and we expect these changes to go live effective Winter 2022.

Concentrations

Required Concentration Courses:

  • COM SCI CM121
  • COM SCI CM124
  • MCD BIO 165A OR MCD BIO 144
  • PHYSCI 125 OR MCD BIO 187AL
  • Elective from list of approved Bioinformatics electives

Learn more about the Bioinformatics concentration

Required Concentration Courses:

  • COM SCI CM121
  • COM SCI 180
  • COM SCI M146 OR STATS 161 OR STATS 101C
  • Elective from list of approved Biological Data Sciences electives
  • Elective from list of approved Biological Data Sciences electives

Learn more about the Biological Data Sciences concentration

Required Concentration Courses:

  • BIOENGR 100
  • BIOENGR C102 or 110
  • EC ENGR 133A OR MATH 151A
  • C&S BIO M186/COM SCI CM186/BIOENGR CM186/EE BIOL M178
  • Elective from list of approved Biomedical Systems electives

Learn more about the Biomedical Systems concentration

Required Concentration Courses:

  • NEUROSC M101A
  • NEUROSC M101B
  • NEUROSC 102 OR EC ENGR 113 OR MATH 155
  • C&S BIO M186/COM SCI CM186/BIOENGR CM186/EE BIOL M178 OR COM SCI/BIOENGR M182
  • Elective from list of approved Neurosystems electives

Learn more about the Neurosystems concentration

Required Concentration Courses:

  • EE BIOL 170 OR PHYSCI 166
  • MCD BIO  100 OR MCD BIO 144 OR MCD BIO 165A
  • PHYSCI 125 OR MCD BIO 187AL
  • C&S BIO M186/COM SCI CM186/BIOENGR CM186/EE BIOL M178
  • Elective from list of approved Systems Biology electives

Learn more about the Systems Biology concentration


Students also have the option to pursue a Customized concentration.

NOTE: For those following the Computers & Biosystems concentration (phased out as of Spring 2019), please check your Degree Audit Report (DAR) for remaining requirements.

Important Information

All major courses must be taken for a letter grade, C or better, with the exception of C&S BIO/COM SCI/BIOENGR M184 which is only offered on a Pass/No Pass basis.^
^CaSB made a temporary exception allowing pre-major courses taken between Spring 2020 and Summer 2021 to be taken for a Pass grade. More details on this exception can be found here.

Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA in upper-division major coursework to graduate.

Students who receive a C- or below in a major course must either repeat the course or petition to have the lower grade count for the major. More information on petitioning can be found here.

Students are subject to any requirement changes in the major until they are officially admitted to the major.