Computational Biology uses data analysis, mathematical modeling, and computational simulation techniques to understand complex biological systems. The Computational Biology degree provides coursework designed to train students entering careers that require the interpretation and analysis of large amounts of biological data. The objective of the degree is to acquire skills in computer science, biology, and statistics that can be applied to bioinformatics. Career opportunities for students with an Associate of Arts in Computational Biology may include employment with pharmaceutical companies, scientific software companies, academic research, and biotechnology companies. Students may also wish to transfer to a university for a BA/BS degree in Computational Biology, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, or related field. Students transferring to a university are recommended to meet with a counselor and contact their transfer institution as some universities require additional computer science courses.
The Associate of Arts in Computational Biology degree is designed to train students entering careers that require the interpretation and analysis of large amounts of biological data. The objective is to acquire skills in computer science, biology, and statistics that can be applied to bioinformatics.
REQUIRED CORE: (21 units)
BIO 1C; Cell and Molecular Biology; 5 units
BIO 2A; Bioinformatics; 4 units
CHEM 1A; General College Chemistry I; 5 units
CS 7; Introduction to Computer Programming Concepts; 3 units
MATH 40; Statistics and Probability; 4 units
LIST A: Select One (5 units)
BIO 1A; General Botany; 5 units
BIO 1B; General Zoology; 5 units
TOTAL UNITS IN THE MAJOR: 26
GENERAL EDUCATION AND ELECTIVES: 34 Units
TOTAL UNITS IN THE DEGREE: 60
(Y1 or S1)