Engineering Computational Biology & Bioinformatics Minor (ENGR)

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College: Engineering
Degree Offered: Minor only
Hours Required: 18
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
Minor Available: Yes
Advisor: Charles Riedesel
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Computational Biology & Bioinformatics Minor (ENGR)

COLLEGE: Engineering

MAJOR: Computational Biology & Bioinformatics Minor (ENGR)





ADVISOR: Charles Riedesel


Coordinator: Computer Science and Engineering Department, 256 Avery Hall, Phone: 402-472-2401, Email:

Steering Committee: Etsuko Moriyama (SBS), Stephen E. Reichenbach (CSE), Stephen D. Kachman (statistics), Jeyamkondan Subbiah (BSE)

This interdisciplinary minor prepares students to understand, use, and develop advanced computational methods and tools for processing, visualizing, and analyzing biological data and for modeling biological processes. Studies in computational biology and bioinformatics involve biosciences, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and statistics. Students will be prepared for careers in biomedical, biotechnology, agricultural, pharmaceutical, and engineering fields and for related graduate studies.


18 hours: Includes 13 hours for the core courses and at minimum 5 hours from elective courses are required.

Foundation Courses

The following courses are required for the CBB minor students to have the necessary foundations towards the minor. These courses are also the prerequisites to the core courses listed below:

Required Courses13

CHEM 109 General Chemistry I (or equivalent)4

LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L Fundamentals of Biology I & Lab4

MATH 106 Calculus I (or equivalent)5

Core Courses*

Core Courses13

CSCE 155T Computer Science I: Informatics Focus3

CSCE 311 Data Structures & Algorithms for Informatics3

BIOS 237 Basic Applications of Bioinformatics4

**STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics or STAT 380 Statistics & Applications (MATH 380)3

*These requirements can be replaced with equivalent courses upon approval except for BIOS 237, which cannot be replaced.

**Students are strongly encouraged to take STAT 218 or STAT 380. However, ELEC 305 Probability Theory & Introduction to Random Processes can be used to satisfy this requirement, subject to approval.

Elective Courses: Two courses (5 hours minimum) at 400 levels

  • Take one each from Life Science (LS) electives and Computer Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Engineering (CMSE) electives in the following lists. These lists will be updated periodically. Similar courses can be used to fulfill elective requirements upon approval by the CBB Minor steering committee.
  • For life science major students, those courses listed as LS Elective 2 cannot be used for CBB requirements. For students in computer science, mathematics, engineering, and related majors, those courses listed as CMSE Elective 2 cannot be used for CBB requirements.

Life Science Electives

LS Elective 1: for students in life science major

BIOS 427 Practical Bioinformatics Lab (3 cr)

BIOS 428 Perl Programming for Biological Applications (3 cr)

BIOS 456 Mathematical Models in Biology (NRES 456) (3 cr)

BIOS 477 Bioinformatics & Molecular Evolution (3 cr)

STAT 442 Computational Biology (BIOC 442) (3 cr)

LS Elective 2

BIOC 431 Structure & Metabolism (BIOS 431/CHEM 431) (3 cr)

BIOC 432 Metabolism & Biological Information (BIOS 432/CHEM 432) (3 cr)

BIOC 434 Plant Biochemistry (AGRO 434/BIOS 434/CHEM 434) (3 cr)

BIOS 420 Molecular Genetics (MBIO 420) (3 cr)

BIOS 425 Plant Biotechnology (3 cr)

BIOS 429 Phylogenetic Biology (4 cr)

BIOS 472 Evolution (3 cr)

Computer Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Engineering (CMSE) Electives

CMSE Elective 1: for students in CMSE major

CSCE 471 Introduction to Bioinformatics (3 cr)

CMSE Elective 2

BSEN 414 Medical Imaging Systems (3 cr)

CHME 473 Biochemical Engineering (3 cr)

CHME 474 Advanced Biochemical Engineering (2-6 cr)

CSCE 410 Information Retrieval Systems (3 cr)

CSCE 413 Database Systems (3 cr)

CSCE 421 Foundations of Constraint Processing (3 cr)

CSCE 423 Design & Analysis of Algorithms (3 cr)

CSCE 435 Cluster & Grid Computing (3 cr)

CSCE 456 Parallel Programming (3 cr)

CSCE 472 Digital Image Processing (3 cr)

CSCE 474 Introduction to Data Mining (3 cr)

CSCE 476 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (3 cr)

CSCE 478 Introduction to Machine Learning (3 cr)

CSCE 479 Introduction to Neural Networks (3 cr)

ELEC 450 Bioinformatics (3 cr)

MATH 439 Mathematical Models in Biology (3 cr)

MATH 452 Graph Theory (3 cr)

STAT 412 Introduction to Experimental Design (3 cr)

STAT 450 Introduction to Regression Analysis (3 cr)


College Admission

College Admission

College Entrance Requirements

Students must have high school credit for (one unit is equal to one high school year):

1. 4 units of mathematics: 2 of algebra, 1 of geometry, 1 of precalculus and trigonometry.

2. 4 units of English.

3. 3 units of natural science that must include 1 unit of physics and 1 unit of chemistry (chemistry requirement waived for students in construction management).

4. 2 units of a single foreign language.

5. 3 units of social studies.

6. Students having a composite ACT score of 28 or greater (or equivalent SAT score) will be admitted to the College of Engineering even if they lack any one of the following: trigonometry, chemistry, or physics.

7. Students having an ACT score of 19 or less in English (or equivalent SAT score) must take ENGL 150 or ENGL 151.

A total of 16 units is required for admission.

Students must have an ACT (enhanced) score of 24 or greater (or equivalent SAT). Students who lack entrance requirements may be admitted based on ACT scores, high school rank and credits, or may be admitted to pre-engineering status in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center. Pre-engineering students are advised within the College of Engineering.

Students for whom English is not their language of nurture must meet the minimum English proficiency requirements of the University.

Students who lack entrance units may complete precollege training by Independent Study through the UNL Office of On-line and Distance Education, in summer courses, or as a part of their first or second semester course loads while in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center or other Colleges at UNL.

Students should consult their advisor, their department chair, or the Office of the Dean if they have questions on current policies.

Other Admission Requirements

Students who transfer to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from other accredited colleges or universities and wish to be admitted to the College of Engineering (COE) must meet COE freshman entrance requirements and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for Nebraska residents or 3.0 for non-residents. Students not meeting either of these requirements must enroll in the Explore Center or another UNL college until they meet COE admission requirements.

The COE accepts courses for transfer for which a C or better grade was received. Although UNL accepts D grades from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and at Omaha, not all majors in the COE accept such low grades. Students must conform to the requirements of their intended major and, in any case, are strongly encouraged to repeat courses with a grade of C- or less.

All transfer students must adopt the curricular requirements of the undergraduate bulletin current at the time of transfer to the COE—not that in use when they entered UNL. Upon admission to UNL, students wishing to pursue degree programs in the COE will be classified and subject to the policies defined in the subsequent section.

College Degree Requirements

Grade Rules

Grade Appeals

In the event of a dispute involving any college policies or grades, the student should appeal to his/her instructor, and appropriate department chair or school director (in that order). If a satisfactory solution is not achieved, the student may appeal his/her case through the College Academic Appeals Committee on his/her campus.

Bulletin Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the bulletin for the academic year in which they are first admitted at UNL. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent bulletin for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Engineering. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single bulletin year. The bulletin which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.


This is the site for old bulletin data. Please head to UNL's Course Catalog for updated course and program information.