Computational Biology (Biology)
College: Arts and Sciences
Limited Access: No
Address: Biology-1067 Life Science Bldg
Phone: (850) 644-3099
Description of Major
Computational biology is a new and promising field of study. The purpose of this interdisciplinary major is to provide a top-notch educational program for students interested in the areas of computational biology and bioinformatics. The program seeks to achieve two goals: 1) to develop an understanding of the issues associated with developing biologically meaningful computational models, and 2) to give students the broad-based education that is needed to create a set of models directed towards solving a practical biomedical problem. This major is offered through both the Biological Science and Computer Science departments. Students in the program should be sure to consult with the advisors in their home department to make sure they are taking the correct courses in the correct sequence.
Note to prospective transfer students: Prospective transfer students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org (Arts and Sciences Admissions) with specific questions about admissions and mapping requirements.
BSC X010 (3,) General Biology I or equivalent
BSC X011 (3) General Biology I or equivalent
CHM X045, X045L (3, 1) General Chemistry I & Lab or equivalent
CHM X046, X046L (3, 1) General Chemistry II & Lab
PHY X048/X048L (5) Physics A with Lab
MAC X311 (4) Calculus I
MAC X312 (4) Calculus II
Interested students are encouraged to contact the participating departments regarding completion of these courses.
Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of http://www.flvc.org .
Requirements for graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences include:
The College of Arts and Science requires proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level or sign language through the advanced (ASL2160C or equivalent) level.
Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major
Students must complete at least 52 semester hours of credit with a minimum grade point average of 3.0, at least half the required General Education hours including two English and two mathematics, or an A.A. Degree.
1) A student who has not yet completed the prerequisite courses required for upper-division status (CHM 1045 & lab, CHM 1046 & lab, BSC 2010 & lab, BSC 2011 & lab) and earned more than one unsatisfactory grade (U, F, D-, D, D+) in courses required for the major in biological science (biological science, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and statistics) and their prerequisites at Florida State University or elsewhere, whether or not repeated, will not be permitted to graduate from Florida State University with a degree in biological science;
2) A student who has completed the prerequisite courses required for upper-division status (CHM 1045 & lab, CHM 1046 & lab, BSC 2010 & lab, BSC 2011 & lab) and earned more than three unsatisfactory grades (U, F, D-, D, D+) in courses required for the major in biological sciences (biological science, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and statistics) and their prerequisites at Florida State University or elsewhere, whether or not repeated, will not be permitted to graduate from Florida State University with a degree in biological science.
Major Program of Studies at FSU: (51 hours)
All courses applicable to the major must be completed with a grade of C minus or better.
Required Biological Science Courses: (17 hours)
BSC 2010 and BSC2010L (3,1) Biological Science I and Lab
BSC 2011 and BSC2011L (3,1) Biological Science II and Lab
PCB 3063 (3) Genetics
PCB 4674 (3) Evolution
Three (3) additional hours of biological science courses selected from: MCB 4403, PCB3134, PCB 4701, PCB 4024, PCB 4233, PCB 4253, and PCB 4843.
Required Scientific Computing Courses (21 hours)
ISC3222 (3) Symbolic and Numerical Computation
ISC 3313 (3) Introduction to Scientific Computing
ISC4220C (4) Algorithms for Scientific Applications I
ISC 4221C (4) Algorithms for Scientific Applications II
ISC4304C (4) Programming for Scientific Applications
ISC4933 (3) Introduction to Bioinformatics
Required Research Experience: ISC4943r or BSC4900r (8, 4 each in two semesters)
Additional Elective Courses (5 hours)
Five (5) additional hours chosen from Chemistry, Computer Science; Mathematics or Statistics, Physics and Scientific Computing selected from: CDA 3101, COP 4531, COP 4710, COT 4420, and CIS 4900, MAC 2313, MAP 4481, STA 4102, STA 4103, STA 4202, STA 4203, STA 4442, STA 4502, and STA 4702, CHM1045L, CHM1046L, PHY2054C, PHY2049C, ISC4223C, ISC4232C.
Collateral Courses: (24 hours)
All collateral courses must be completed with a grade of C minus or better.
Mathematics/Statistics (15 hours)
MAC 2311 (4) Calculus with Analytical Geometry I
MAC 2312 (4) Calculus with Analytical Geometry II
MAD 2104 (3) Discrete Mathematics
STA 2171 (4) Statistics for Biology
Chemistry (6 hours)
CHM 1045 (3) General Chemistry I
CHM 1046 (3) General Chemistry II
Physics (4/5 hours)
PHY2053C (4) College Physics A, or
PHY2048c (5) General Physics A
Minor Requirements: The required collateral courses constitute a collateral minor; however, the student may select other minors in consultation with an advisor.
Computer Skills Competency: ISC 3313 Introduction to Scientific Computing (3) meets this requirement.
Oral Communication Competency: (3 hours)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course.
Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Prerequisite Coursework 0 beyond other requirements
Major Coursework 51
Collateral Coursework 25
Minor Coursework 0 beyond collateral courses
Foreign Language 0-12 (depending on placement)
Computer Skills 0 beyond major
Oral Communication Competency 3
Electives to bring total hours to 120
*Some coursework completed for this major may also apply toward General Education in the areas of Mathematics and Science.
Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. View the map for this major at www.academic-guide.fsu.edu/.
1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Computational Biologist, Bioinformatics Specialist, Biotechnologist, Pharmaceutical/Medical Researcher, Forensic Scientist, Molecular Medicine Specialist, Comparative Genomics Scientist, Genetic Engineer, Human Geneticist, and Genome Analyst, Programmer, Systems Analyst, Software Engineer, Data Processing System Manager, Network Administrator.
Representative Employers: Pharmaceutical Companies, Healthcare Providers, Medical Laboratories, Biotechnology Companies, Law Enforcement Agencies, Colleges and Universities, State and Federal Government, Software Development Companies.
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