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Biomedical Computation (BMC)

Completion of the undergraduate program in Biomedical Computation leads to the conferral of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering. The subplan "Biomedical Computation" appears on the transcript and on the diploma.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Biomedical Computation

Quantitative and computational methods are central to the advancement of biology and medicine in the 21st century. These methods span the analysis of biomedical data, the construction of computational models for biological systems, and the design of computer systems that help biologists and physicians create and administer treatments to patients. The Biomedical Computation major prepares students to work at the cutting edge of this interface between computer science, biology, and medicine. Students begin their journey by acquiring foundational knowledge in the underlying biological and computational disciplines. They learn techniques in informatics and simulation and their numerous applications in understanding and analyzing biology at all levels, from individual molecules in cells to entire organs, organisms, and populations. Students then focus their efforts in a depth area of their choosing, and participate in a substantial research project with a Stanford faculty member. Upon graduation, students are prepared to enter a range of disciplines in either academia or industry.


21 unit minimum, see Basic Requirement 1
MATH 19Calculus (or AP Calculus )3
MATH 20Calculus (or AP Calculus)3
MATH 21Calculus (or AP Calculus)4
CS 103Mathematical Foundations of Computing3-5
CS 109Introduction to Probability for Computer Scientists3-5
17 units minimum, see Basic Requirement 2
PHYSICS 41Mechanics4
or PHYSICS 41E Mechanics, Concepts, Calculations, and Context
CHEM 31XChemical Principles Accelerated5
CHEM 33Structure and Reactivity of Organic Molecules5
BIO 82Genetics (or HUMBIO 2A)4
BIO 83Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (or BIO 84 or HUMBIO 3A)4
BIO 86Cell Biology (or HUMBIO 4A)4
Engineering Fundamentals
CS 106BProgramming Abstractions 43-5
or CS 106X Programming Abstractions (Accelerated)
For the second required course, see concentrations 4
Technology in Society
One course required, see Basic Requirement 4; course used must be on the School of Engineering Approved Courses list in the UGHB the year taken.3-5
CS 107Computer Organization and Systems3-5
CS 161Design and Analysis of Algorithms3-5
Select one of the following: 3
Modeling Biomedical Systems: Ontology, Terminology, Problem Solving
The Human Genome Source Code
Representations and Algorithms for Computational Molecular Biology
Translational Bioinformatics
Computational Biology: Structure and Organization of Biomolecules and Cells
Research: 6 units of biomedical computation research in any department 2,36
Engineering Depth Concentration (select one of the following concentrations): 7
Cellular/Molecular Concentration
Mathematics: Select one of the following:
Vector Calculus for Engineers
Linear Algebra, Multivariable Calculus, and Modern Applications
One additional Engineering Fundamental 4
Advance Molecular Biology: Epigenetics and Proteostasis
The Chemical Principles of Life I (or CHEM 171) 4
Cell/Mol Electives (two courses) 5,6
Informatics Electives (two courses) 5,6
Simulation Electives (two courses) 5, 6
Simulation, Informatics, or Cell/Mol Elective (one course) 5,6
Informatics Concentration
Mathematics: Select one of the following:
Introduction to Regression Models and Analysis of Variance
Introduction to Nonparametric Statistics
Statistical Models in Biology
One additional Engineering Fundamental 4
Informatics Core (three courses):
Data Management and Data Systems
Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction Design
Artificial Intelligence: Principles and Techniques
Probabilistic Graphical Models: Principles and Techniques
Machine Learning
One additional course from the previous two lines
Informatics Electives (three courses) 5,6
Cellular Electives (two courses) 5,6
Organs Electives (two courses) 5,66-10
Organs/Organisms Concentration
Mathematics (select one of the following):
Vector Calculus for Engineers
Linear Algebra, Multivariable Calculus, and Modern Applications
One additional Engineering Fundamental 4
Biology (two courses):
Human Physiology
The Chemical Principles of Life I (or BIOE 220)
Two additional Organs Electives 5,6
Simulation Electives (two courses) 5,6
Informatics Electives (two courses) 5,6
Simulation, Informatics, or Organs Elective (one course) 5,6
Simulation Concentration
Vector Calculus for Engineers
Linear Algebra, Multivariable Calculus, and Modern Applications
ME 30Engineering Thermodynamics (Fulfills 2nd Engineering Fundamental)3
Simulation Core:
CME 102Ordinary Differential Equations for Engineers5
or MATH 53 Ordinary Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
ENGR 80Introduction to Bioengineering (Engineering Living Matter)4
BIOE 101Systems Biology3
BIOE 103Systems Physiology and Design4
Simulation Electives (two courses) 5, 6
Cellular Elective (one course) 5,6
Organs Elective (one course) 5,6
Simulation, Cellular, or Organs Elective (two courses) 5,6
Total Units88-104

Honors Program

The Biomedical Computation program offers an honors option for qualified students, resulting in a B.S. with Honors degree in Engineering (ENGR-BSH, Biomedical Computation). An honors project is meant to be a substantial research project during the later part of a student’s undergraduate career, culminating in a final written and oral presentation describing the student’s project and its significance. There is no limit to the number of majors who can graduate with honors; any BMC major who is interested and meets the qualifications is considered.

  1. Students apply by submitting a 1-2 page proposal describing the problem the student has chosen to investigate, its significance, and the student’s research plan. This plan must be endorsed by the student’s research and academic advisers, one of whom must be a member of the Academic Council. In making its decision, the department evaluates the overall scope and significance of the student’s proposed work.
  2. Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA.
  3. Students must complete three quarters of research. All three quarters must be on the same project with the same adviser. A Summer Quarter counts as one quarter of research.
    • Ideally, funding should not be obtained through summer research college sources, but rather through the UAR’s Student Grants Program. In no case can the same work be double-paid by two sources.
  4. Students must complete a substantial write-up of the research in the format of a publishable research paper. This research paper is expected to be approximately 15-20 pages and must be approved by the student’s research adviser and by a second reader.
  5. As the culmination of the honors project, each student presents the results in a public forum. This can either be in the honors presentation venue of the home department of the student’s adviser, or in a suitable alternate venue.

For additional information and sample programs, see the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs (UGHB).