BME 232 Introduction to Computational Biology (2015-2016)

BME 232 Introduction to Computational Biology

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

BME 232 Introduction to Computational Biology (Credit Units: 4) The use of theories and methods based on computer science, mathematics, and physics in molecular biology and biochemistry. Basics in biomolecular modeling. Analysis of sequence and structural data of biomolecules. Analysis of biomolecular functions. Same as MOL BIO 223. Concurrent with BIO SCI M123/COMPSCI 183. Graduate students only. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0582382107.

Recommended Textbook:

Lecture material as provided on the class website.

Ray Luo
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:
Prerequisites by Topic

Calculus, Basic Statistics, Computer Literacy, General Chemistry, General Physics

Lecture Topics:
  • Biomolecular structures
  • Biomolecular graphics
  • Thermodynamics and molecular interactions
  • Molecular mechanics
  • Molecular dynamics
  • Monte Carlo
  • Solvation and electrostatics
  • Free energy and drug design
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Homework involves computer visualization and simulation tutorials.

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component


Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 20%
  • Final Presentation: 80%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

April 11, 2016
Senate Approved:
November 10, 2014
Approved Effective:
2015 Fall Qtr