Welcome to BMC! Computation will play a major role in biology and medicine in the coming years, and the Biomedical Computation major aims to provide students a solid foundation in this exciting interdisciplinary field. The major involves building a foundation in computation and biology in the first couple of years, and then specializing in a specific depth area during your junior and senior years.
We encourage you to browse this website to learn more about the major and see if BMC is right for you. An overview of the curriculum can be found on the curriculum page; details of the course-by-course requirements for the different tracks are here. One of the benefits of BMC is its flexibility; you will notice on the requirements that a large part of the upper division curriculum is made of electives. The complete list of electives is located here. Common questions are answered in the FAQ.
If you have additional questions, feel free to contact the Student Coordinator.
Preparing to declare
Once you decide BMC is right for you, it is time to declare. Before declaring, you will need to do the following:
Four-year planChoose the track that you wish to pursue and create a preliminary four-year plan using the four-year plan worksheet and the School of Engineering Program Sheet.
It is best to choose an advisor who works in an area similar to your field of interest. Importantly, BMC requires independent research. Your academic advisor also agrees to become your default research advisor, so that in the case you have trouble finding a research mentor, you may complete your research requirement under your academic advisor.
Because BMC is in the School of Engineering, the academic advisor must hold an appointment with a School of Engineering Department. BMC does allow for co-advisors, but the primary must be a School of Engineering faculty member.
To declare, you will need the following forms:
- BMC four-year plan worksheet (Excel)
- BMC Program Sheet (Excel || PDF)
- BMC Supplementary Declaration Form (PDF)
- Unofficial Transcript (Axess)
Meet with academic advisorMeet with your academic advisor, review the four-year plan, and have him/her sign your completed program sheet.
Meet with Professor Altman or KollerMeet with Professor Russ Altman or Daphne Koller (edit: Professor Koller is currently on sabbatical so see Professor Altman this year) to for approval of your declaration. Bring the following to the meeting:
- Completed Supplementary BMC Declaration form
- Completed and signed program sheet
- Completed four-year plan.
Form drop-off, Darlene Lazar, SoEDrop off your signed program sheet, your four-year plan and an unofficial transcript to Darlene Lazar in Huang 135 for review and approval.
Enroll in AxessYou must then declare your major in Axess:
- Select “Engr” as your Major
- Select “BMC” as your subplan
- Email Darlene Lazar (firstname.lastname@example.org) to approve your major in PeopleSoft