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Academic Program Guide

Computational Biology (Computer Science)

ACADEMIC MAP (Effective Summer 2024 and after)

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed to the right of each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. The Sample Schedule serves as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term. The General Education and Elective courses must be selected to satisfy all area and multicultural requirements unless your program meets these requirements with major courses. Milestones are courses and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major. Missing milestones will result in one of two types of map registration stops. The first level (Degree Map Off-track) is placed following grade posting if the student has missed a milestone (course and/or GPA) for the first time in the major. If a student is in non-compliance with milestones for two (2) consecutive semesters (excluding summers), a Major Change Required stop is placed on the student's registration.

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. This 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.

Mapping Coordinator: Shellie Camp

Sample Schedule and Required Milestones by Term

Sample Schedule: Term 1 hrs
ENC1101 Freshman Composition3
MAC1140 Pre-Calculus Algebra 3
MAC1114 Analytic Trigonometry3
CHM 1045 General Chemistry I and CHM1045 Lab4
Required Milestones: Term 1
Complete ENC1101 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete 1st GE Mathematics ( ≥ C minus )
Sample Schedule: Term 2 hrs
ENC2135 Research, Genre, and Context 3
MAC2311 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I4
CHM1046 General Chemistry II and CHM1046 Lab4
GE Core Social Science3
Required Milestones: Term 2
Complete ENC2135 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete MAC1140 ( ≥ C minus )
Sample Schedule: Term 3 hrs
Oral Communication Competency3
COP 3363 Introduction to C++ for majors or COP3014 Programming I3
GE Core Humanities/Cultural Practice3
Required Milestones: Term 3
Complete CHM1045 and CHM1045 Lab ( ≥ C minus in each )
Sample Schedule: Term 4 hrs
BSC2010 Biological Science I and BSC2010 Lab4
COP 3330 Data Structures, Algorithms, and Generic Programming I3
COP3353 Intro to UNIX (if COP 3014 is taken instead of COP 3363)1
MAD2104 Discrete Mathematics3
GE History3
Required Milestones: Term 4
Complete MAC2311 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete CHM1046 and CHM1046 Lab ( ≥ C minus in each )
Complete BSC2010 ( ≥ C minus )
Sample Schedule: Term 5 hrs
STA2171 Statistics for Biology4
BSC2011 Biological Science II and BSC2011 Lab4
CDA3100 Computer Organization I3
GE Ethics33
Required Milestones: Term 5
Complete COP3363 or COP3014 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete BSC2011 ( ≥ C minus )
Civic Literacy requirement
Sample Schedule: Term 6 hrs
Foreign Language 14
COP4530 Data Structures, Algorithms, and Generic Programming II3
PCB3063 Genetics3
Required Milestones: Term 6
Complete COP3330 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete PCB3063 ( ≥ C minus )
Start Foreign Language
Sample Schedule: Term 7 hrs
Foreign Language II4
GE Humanities/Cultural Practice3
Required Milestones: Term 7
Complete COP4530 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete Pre-Graduation checks
Sample Schedule: Term 8 hrs
Foreign Language III4
Required Milestones: Term 8
Apply for Graduation in 1st two weeks

Employment Information
Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Genomic engineering, comparative genomics, molecular medicine, forensics.

Representative Employers: Healthcare industry, Forensics, Pharmaceutical Industry.

International Opportunities: International study is available for all students and may include opportunities for internships or taking course work towards various majors and minors. International study may have an impact on the MAP; therefore, it is important to consult with the academic advisor before participating. Interested students can find information about international study, research, internships, and service opportunities at:

This Map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between the University and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to carry out the academic objectives of the University. The University specifically reserves the right to change, delete or add to any Map at any time within the student’s period of study at the University.

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