UC Berkeley has awarded a 2014-2015 Presidential Chair Fellows Curriculum Enrichment Grant to the Department of Bioengineering for revision of the undergraduate computational biology concentration.
The program provides the opportunity for faculty teams to transform core areas of the undergraduate curriculum. Monies awarded through the program provide support and a pathway for graduate student researchers to refine and hone skills in conducting evaluation and participating in program-level curriculum dialogue.
The project will be led by Professors Kimmen Sjölander, Professor of Bioengineering and Plant & Microbial Biology; Mohammad Mofrad, Professor of Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering; Teresa Head-Gordon, Chancellor’s Professor of Chemistry, Bioengineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; and Rasmus Nielsen, Professor of Integrative Biology and Center for Computational Biology.
Fellows will revamp the computational biology track in the Department of Bioengineering through (1) review, revision, broadening and strengthening of the computational biology track in the Department of Bioengineering undergraduate curriculum, (2) development of two new courses in foundational concepts from computer science, math and statistics to improve the effectiveness of advanced computational biology algorithms courses offered in the department, and (3) creation of an online repository for Computational Biology and Data Science curricula and tools which other departments can use in developing their own tracks.