Degree Options-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Degree Options

For those students interested in specialized training in an area of biology, we offer eight degree options that are earned through completion of advanced electives. Students who complete the required biology electives for any option can have up to two noted on his or her transcript.

Biochemistry Option

Required Biology Electives:
03-740 Advanced Biochemistry
21-259 Calculus in Three Dimensions
or
21-260 Differential Equations

Any one of the following courses:
09-518 Bioorganic Chemistry: Nucleic Acids and Carbohydrates
09-519 Bioorganic Chemistry: Peptides, Proteins and Combinatorial Chemistry
09-521 Bioinorganic Chemistry

Recommended Biology Electives:
03-442 Molecular Biology
03-534 Biological Imaging and Fluorescence Spectroscopy
03-439 Introduction to Biophysics
03-871 Structural Biophysics

Biophysics Option

Required Biology Electives:
03-740 Advanced Biochemistry
03-439 Introduction to Biophysics
21-259 Calculus in Three Dimensions
or
21-260 Differential Equations

Recommended Biology Electives:
03-315 Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Neuroscience
03-534 Biological Imaging and Fluorescence Spectroscopy
03-871 Structural Biophysics

Cell Biology Option

Required Biology Electives:
03-350 Developmental Biology
03-741 Advanced Cell Biology

Any one of the following courses:
03-362 Cellular Neuroscience
03-390 Molecular and Cellular Immunology

Computational Biology

Required Biology Electives:

03-711 Computational Genomics and Molecular Biology

15-210 Parallel and Sequential Data Structures and Algorithms

Any one of the following courses:

36-247 Statistics for Laboratory Sciences

21-260 Differential Equations

21-241 Matrix Algebra

Recommended Biology Electives:

03-512 Computational Methods for Biological Modeling

15-451 Algorithm Design and Analysis

09-560 Computational Chemistry

Developmental Biology Option

Required Biology Electives:
03-350 Developmental Biology
03-442 Molecular Biology
03-751 Advanced Developmental Biology

Recommended Biology Electives:
03-325 Evolution
03-741 Advanced Cell Biology

Genetics Option

Required Biology Electives:

03-326 Evolution of Regulatory Genomics
03-327 Phylogenetics

03-442 Molecular Biology

03-730 Advanced Genetics (minimum grade of B in 03-330 required)

Recommended Biology Electives:

03-391 Microbiology: Biophysics and Molecular Biology 

Molecular Biology Option

Required Biology Electives:

03-442 Molecular Biology
03-726 Evolution of Regulatory Genomics
03-727 Phylogenetics
09-518 Bioorganic Chemistry: Nucleic Acids

Recommended Biology Electives:

03-380 Virology

03-390 Molecular and Cellular Immunology
03-391 Microbiology: Biophysics and Molecular Biology

03-730 Advanced Genetics

Neuroscience Option

(Details about Undergraduate Neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon)

Required Biology Electives (one must be completed at the 700 level):

03-362 Cellular Neuroscience

03-363 Systems Neuroscience

One of the following courses:

42-202 Physiology

03-315 Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Neuroscience

03-350 Developmental Biology

03-534 Biological Imaging and Fluorescence Spectroscopy
03-364 Developmental Neuroscience

85-219 Biological Foundations of Behavior