The Undergraduate Program in Biology & Medicine (UPBM)


Minor in Computational Biology (BC) – New

Amanda Larracuente Amanda Larracuente, PhD
BCB Track Coordinator & Major Advisor 
Department: Biology
Office: Room 343, Hutchison Hall
Phone: (585) 273-1693

How to Declare Your Minor / Applying for Acceptance

  1. Meet with the UPBM Administrator to make a schedule for completing major requirements
    1. Visit the UPBM Booking Site to select a time that meets your needs.
    2. Bring any transfer credit information on courses that may be applicable to major if needed
  2. Meet with major advisor to review schedule for approval
    1. Send email to set-up appointment with a few dates/times of availability
  3. Submit signed paperwork to the College Center for Academic Advising Services


  1. Select one of the following:
    1. BIO 110 Principles of Biology I
    2. BIO 112 Perspectives in Biology I (pre-requires AP BIO exam score of 4 or 5)
  2. Select one of the following:
    1. BIO 190 The Human Genome
    2. BIO 198 Principles of Genetics
  3. Select one of the following:
    1. BIO 208 Introduction to Programming for Biologists (Starts fall 2016)
    2. CSC 161 The Art of Programming
    3. CSC 171 The Science of Programming
  4. Select two of the following:
    1. BIO 214 Biostatistics
    2. BIO 253 Computational Biology
    3. BIO 257 Applied Genomics (Starts fall 2016)


What is a petition? A petition is a written request to the UPBM Committee of Track Coordinators for a variance of the extant rules/regulations. This may be, for example, a request for substitution or acceptance of a course that is not ordinarily part of the UPBM curriculum.

Students with requests for exceptions to the requirements are required to consult with their academic advisor. For some exceptions, it may be necessary to submit a petition to the UPBM Committee.


It is required of students in the Undergraduate Program in Biology and Medicine that a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) be maintained in the major, excluding allied fields courses. Be sure to visit the general degree requirements for more information on double majors, double degrees, and honors in research.