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What courses count?

The basic principle is that students from the Life Sciences (Molecular Biology or Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) have to take five Engineering School Courses; and students from any of the Engineering Departments have to take five courses from a Life Science Department.

Within these guidelines we try to be flexible. A listing of acceptable courses is given below. This list changes frequently, so ask if you have specific questions.

Courses for Engineering Majors:

Any course in Molecular Biology or Ecology and Evolutionary Biology counts. Cross-listed courses count if they have significant biology content.

Psychology courses with significant physiology content count:

  • PSY 208 - The Brain: A User's Guide
  • PSY 256 - The Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
  • NEU 258/PSY 258 - Fundamentals of Neuroscience
  • NEU 258A/PSY 259A - Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
  • NEU 259B/PSY 259B - Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSY 406 - Functional Neuroanatomy
  • PSY 407 - Developmental Neuroscience

For Engineering students whose Department does not require Organic Chemistry (i.e. all other than Chemical and Biological Engineering) then the two course Organic Chemistry sequence counts as two life science course.

These Engineering School courses and Chemistry Department courses also have significant biology content and count as life science courses:

  • CBE 423 - Biologically Inspired Materials
  • CBE 433 - Introduction to the Mechanics and Dynamics of Soft Living Matter
  • CBE 438 - Biomolecular Engineering
  • CBE 439 - Quantitative Physiology and Tissue Design
  • CBE 440 - Physical Basis of Human Disease
  • CBE 447 - Metabolic Engineering 
  • CBE 534 - Emerging Technologies in Bioengineering
  • CHM 304 - Organic Chemistry II: Biological Emphasis
  • CHM 345/MOL 345 – Biochemistry
  • CHM 448/MOL 448 - Chemistry, Structure, and Structure-Function Relations of Nucleic Acids
  • CHM 515 - Biophysical Chemistry I
  • CHM 516 - Biophysical Chemistry II
  • CHM 525/ENV 525 - Production of Renewable Fuels and Energy
  • CHM 538 - Topics in Biological Chemistry
  • COS 455/COS 551- Intro to Genomics and Computational Molecular Biology
  • ELE 571 - Digital Neurocomputing
  • MAE 244 - Introduction to Biomedical Innovation and Global Health 
  • MAE 344 - Introduction to Bioengineering and Medical Devices
  • QCB 301 - Experimental Project Laboratory in Quantitative and Computational Biology (2 units)
  • QCB 511/CBE 511 - Modeling Tools for Cell and Developmental Biology

Courses for Life Science Majors:

Any course in the Engineering School counts (EGR (must be for credit), CBE, CEE, COS, ELE, MAE, MSE, ORF). Four popular courses for students in the program are COS 126 (general computer science), CEE 102 (engineering in the modern world), MAE 305 (differential equations - the language of engineering), and ORF 245 (fundamentals of engineering statistics). The other courses to take depend upon your specific interests.

Courses for the Integrated Science Curriculum (ISC):

ISC 231-232 An Integrated, Quantitative Introduction to the Natural Sciences I
The two course ISC sequence, ISC 231 and ISC 232 counts as 1 life science course.
ISC 233-234 An Integrated, Quantitative Introduction to the Natural Sciences II
The two course ISC sequence, ISC 233 and ISC 234 counts as 1 life science course.
ISC 235 An Integrated, Quantitative Introduction to the Natural Science III (counts as 1 life science course)
ISC 236 An Integrated, Quantitative Introduction to the Natural Science IV (counts as 1 life science course)