Elective Courses

Non-MIMG Courses that Satisfy the General Elective Requirement for the Major

In the following list, the quarter(s) that the classes are offered is noted; but, this is subject to change and you should always consult the Schedule of Classes for the most up-to-date information.

IMPORTANT: Some departments restrict courses during first pass enrollment to their majors and then open up enrollment during the second pass to all others. Please read the course details on the schedule of classes “course notes” carefully prior to contacting the departments or professors to request PTE’s or special exceptions. When a department places a restriction during first pass enrollment to allow only their majors to enroll, you must wait until 2nd pass to enroll on a space-available basis.


 Dept. Course #  Course Title  Units Quarter
Bioengr 100 Bioengineering Fundamentals 4 Winter
CM145 Molecular Biotechnology for Engineers 4 Fall
CM178 Intro to Biomaterials 4 Fall


Biostat 100A Intro to Biostatistics 4 Spr, Sum


Chem &
C100 Genomics & Computational Biology 5 Spring
103 Environmental Chemistry 4 Spring
110A Physical Chemistry: Chemical Thermodynamics 4 Fall, Winter, Spring
M117 Structure, Patterns & Polyhedra 5 Not in 2015‑2016
136 Organic Structural Methods 5 Spring
C140 Bionanotechology 4 Spring
153B Biochem: DNA, RNA, and Protein Synthesis 4 Fall, Winter, Spring
153C Biochem: Biosynthetic & Energy Metabolism & Its Regulation 4 Fall, Winter, Spring
153L Biochemical Methods I 4 Fall, Winter, Spring
  154 Biochemical Methods II 5 Fall, Winter, Spring
156 Physical Biochemistry 4 Fall, Winter, Spring
CM160A Bioinformatics and Genomics 4 Fall
C161A Plant Biochemistry 4 TBD
171 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry 4 Fall, Winter
172 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 4 Spring
C179 Biological Inorganic Chemistry 4 Fall
C181 Polymer Chemistry 4 TBD


ComSci CM121 Introduction to Bioinformatics 4 Fall
  CM122 Algorithms in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology 4 Winter
  CM124 Computational Genetics 4 Spring


EE Biol 121 Molecular Evolution 4 Fall
135 Population Genetics 4 Spring
137 Chemical Communication 4 TBD
162 Plant Physiology 4 Spring, Summer


Epidem 100 Intro to Epidemiology 4 Summer ONLY
(Non-Public Health majors/minors are NOT permitted in enroll in EPIDEM 100A in Fall or Winter)


Hum Gen C144 Genomic Technology 4 Not in 2015‑2016


MCDB 100 Introduction to Cell Biology 5 Sum (only)
104AL Research Immersion Laboratory in Developmental Biology 5 Winter
138 Developmental Biology 5 Fall, Win, Spring
M140 Cancer Cell Biology 5 Winter
C141 Molecular Basis of Plant Differentiation and Dev. 5 Spring
143 Dev. Biology: Genetic control of organogenesis 5 TBD
144 Molecular Bio of Cellular Processes & Experimental Ap 5 Fall, Winter, Spring
C150 Plant Chemical & Molecular Communication 4 Fall
165A Biology of the Cell 5 Fall, Winter, Spring
168 Stem Cell Biology 5 Spring
172 Genomics and Bioinformatics 5 TBD
M175A Neuroscience: From Molecules To Mind 5 Fall
M175B Neuroscience: From Molecules To Mind 5 Winter
M175C Neuroscience: From Molecules to Mind 5 Spring
187AL Research Immersion Lab in Genomic Biology 5 Winter

†   Important restrictions to MCDB courses:
MCDB 144 is not open for credit if you’ve already taken Chem 153B.
MCDB 168 has two other MCDB courses (138 & 165A) as pre-requisites.


Neuro M101A Cellular and Systems Neuroscience 5 Fall
M101B Molecular and Developmental Neuroscience 5 Winter
M101C Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience 5 Spring


Phy Sci CM103 Basic Human Bio for Biomed Engineers 4 Winter
CM121 Disease Mechanisms and Therapies 4 Fall
124 Molecular Biology of Aging (dept consent needed) 4 Spring
125 Molecular Systems Biology (dept consent needed) 4 Winter
128 Me, Myself and Microbes: The Microbiome in Health and Disease 5 Spring


Stats 100A Introduction to Probability 4 Fall, Winter, Spring
100B Introduction to Mathematical Statistics 4 Fall, Winter, Spring


Remember: All courses must be taken for a letter grade and passed with at least a C-.  Students must maintain 2.0 GPA. Students receiving a grade of D or lower in two upper division major classes, either in separate courses or repetitions of the same course, are subject to dismissal from the major.