Curriculum Overview (2012-13)

See Also BMI 2012-13


Course Descriptions


BMI in UCSD Catalog


The Biomedical Informatics (BMI) track within the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Graduate Program is organized around a formal course requirement. There are five required Core Courses that are required of all students, and three Elective courses, one of which has to be a BMI course (Elective field 9). The other two electives must be discussed with the student's academic advisor. One elective course must be chosen from a Biology field (Elective fields 1, 2, 3) and one from a Computer Science/Engineering field (Elective fields 4, 5, 6, 7). Generally, Core Curriculum classes including MED 264 ("Principles of Biomedical Informatics") are completed within the first year, and some of the elective requirements are completed within the second year. All required and elective courses for the degree must be taken for a letter grade. Students must obtain a “B” or better in courses taken for the degree.

The Core Curriculum ensures that every student within the Program has the same knowledge basis in key areas of Bioinformatics, Systems Biology, and Biomedical Informatics. The Electives are intended to provide students with in-depth courses related to their own research interests. 

In addition, students must also take

  • The Colloquium (BNFO 281) for first and second years, consisting of (i) the Student Research Talks in Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters, and (ii) the Frontiers in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Seminar Series in Fall and Winter quarters.
  • The BMI seminar series (MED 262), offered Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters.
  • One of two Ethics courses (SOMI 226 or BIOM 219) in the Spring quarter of the first year.
  • The Research Rotation requirement (BNFO 298 for 4 units) in the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters of the first year.

It is the general policy of the program to be as adaptable as possible to the needs of the individual student. The curriculum committee is receptive to students petitioning to satisfy an Elective requirement by taking a course not listed among the Electives.