Your CIS Contacts:

Desirae Cesar
Associate Director
Office: 309 Levine
Phone: 215-573-2582
Email: desirae@cis.upenn.edu

Laura Fox
Associate Director
Office: 309 Levine
Phone: 215-898-3191
Email: lffox@cis.upenn.edu

Dr. Stephanie Weirich
Undergraduate Curriculum Chair
Office: 510 Levine
Phone: 215-573-2821

Computational Biology (ASCB) Degree

The recent explosion of new knowledge about the essential properties of life, as gleaned from high-throughput experimental techniques such as sequencing, micro-arrays, and proteomics, along with rapid advances in computer technology have laid the foundation for the development of the fields of bioinformatics and computational biology.

The departments of Biology, Computer and Information Science (CIS), and Mathematics have each devised undergraduate programs to train students in this important field. The undergraduate program within SEAS, the Bachelor of Applied Science in Computational Biology (ASCB), is administered through the CIS department. The curriculum consists of a blend of courses from biology, statistics and computer science to give students the skills they will need to work in this exciting inter-disciplinary area.

The BAS Degrees require students to combine knowledge of technology with an understanding of human and social values. They are designed for students who do not plan to work as professional engineers, and want a customized education which combines the liberal arts and technology in a manner unique to their career goals.

Degree Requirements

Entered Fall 2012 and Later

Entered Fall 2009-2011

Entered Fall 2007-2008