Enrollment Process

Set up your UCSD ITS account and read about computer accounts for students in the BISB program.

The typical first year fall quarter schedule is:

  • BISB track: Math 283; BNFO 281, 283, 298; an elective and/or ethics.
  • BMI track: Math 283; MED 262, 264; BNFO 283, 298; an elective and/or ethics.

Use the following links on the BISB website under Graduate » Curriculum to plan your course schedule. Please discuss your schedule with your advisor. First year students have an academic advisor (not necessarily the same as the Rotation Lab advisor).

If you did not take an undergraduate Algorithms course, see additional Computer Science Background preparation needed before taking CSE 282 / BENG 202.

  • See Enrolling in classes at UC San Diego:
    • Use the Schedule of Classes to look up classes and WebReg to register.
    • The site also has links to detailed instructions and deadlines for adding, dropping, waitlisting, changing grading options, etc.
    • Use the Enrollment and Registration Calendar to find when registration opens and various deadlines. Fall quarter registration usually opens in May, but some classes (particularly BMI courses with MED course numbers) may not be added to the registration system until late summer. Winter registration usually opens in November, and Spring registration in February.
  • You may need to request authorization to enroll/waitlist in certain classes.
    • Biology and some other departments use EASy.
    • Computer Science creates a form each quarter (the BISB Graduate Coordinator will send an email about it) or they may use EASy. Check CSE's website under Graduate » Courses for quarter-specific enrollment information (e.g., "Fall 2021 Course Updates") on each course.
  • UCSD General Catalog: Look under Courses/Curricula/Faculty for a specific department.
  • Division of Biomedical Informatics class descriptions
  • New classes, special topics classes, and Medical School classes usually are not in the catalog, but they are listed on the Schedule of Classes and in WebReg. They are typically announced by email or on department websites; contact the instructor for information if needed.

To find information about classes:

  • Course websites are usually posted the first week of the quarter, but may be restricted to enrolled students, particularly when hosted on Canvas or TritonEd. When planning in advance, search for a website for a past offering of the class.
  • courses.ucsd.edu lists many (but not all) course websites and syllabi, including current and past offerings. Also check department and instructor websites for course information.
  • The UCSD General Catalog has brief (one paragraph) course descriptions under Courses/Curricula/Faculty for most departments. However, this does not include new classes, special topics classes (like CSE 291 or BENG 207), or MED classes.
  • If you can't find the class website or syllabus, or if it's restricted, then ask the instructor for information.

After regular admission to the program, all students are in major code BF76 (Bioinformatics and Systems Biology).

Students in the BMI Track should at some point switch to major code BF77 (Bioinformatics and Systems Biology with a Specialization in Biomedical Informatics). Please discuss the timing and process for doing this with the Graduate Coordinator.