Bachelor of Science

Computational Biology

Academic Department

Computational Biology is an interdisciplinary field that uses mathematics, bioinformatics and computational applications to analyze and store the vast amounts of information. Computational biology spans a wide range of fields within biology including genomics/genetics, cell biology, biophysics, proteomics and evolution. In a unique combination, the major, housed in the Biology Department, comprises a concentration of courses in biology (BIOL), chemistry (CHEM), mathematics (MATH), computer science (COMSC), and physics (PHYS). Majors will become solidly grounded in the biologically relevant areas of genetics, molecular, and cell biology, and will be trained in both the theoretical and practical aspects behind data manipulation. Graduates will be prepared to enter professional or graduate school in bioinformatics or for entry–level positions in biotechnology firms, genome projects, or the pharmaceutical industry.

**Note: All biology students must complete a Major Field Test prior to graduation. **

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

The following overall requirements are needed in order to earn a bachelor's degree. For a full explanation of the requirements, please see policy A.04.01.

  • Completion of the core curriculum. Specific core plan is dependent upon accepted transfer credit, major, and Honor's Program participation. 
  • Successful completion of at least 120 credit hours, with the final 36 hours taken in Residence at UST. Total credits listed on the page only reflect the major. 
  • Completion of a major.
  • Completion of 36 upper-division credit hours.
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) above 2.0
  • A cumulative GPA above 2.0 in your major
  • Freshman Symposium is a one-credit hour, mandatory course exclusively for first-year students at the University of St. Thomas, introducing them to the UST mission and the Basilian Fathers’ core values of goodness, discipline, and knowledge. Freshmen register for it during the Freshmen Registration/Orientation events and can choose a class that aligns with their interests, with course descriptions provided in advance.

Computational Biology

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Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
4

Mathematics

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Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
15

Computer Science

COMSC 1451 may be replaced with COMSC 1351 depending on when the course is taken.

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Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
14

Physics

Choose one of the following pairs:

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Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
4
Total Credits
74-76