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Program Prerequisites

The following courses should preferably be taken before enrolling in the program. Applicants who have not taken them, however, may still be accepted but must successfully complete them in the first year of the program. If you are missing one or more requirements you can be conditionally accepted to the program. The SDSU course numbers are given as a reference, but it is not necessary to take these courses at our university.

Requirement Equivalent SDSU Course Numbers
Calculus or Calculus for Life-Science Majors MATH150-151 or MATH121-122
Data Structures CS310 or CS496*
Organic Chemistry CHEM232
Genetics and Evolution BIOL352

*CS310 is designed for CS majors and requires a Java coding background, while CS496 Data Structures for Scientists and Engineers does not.

Please note that some of these courses have their own prerequisites, but we only require students to have credit for the courses listed above.

Application Checklist

  1. University Online Application via Cal State Apply – Open Oct 1, 2021 completed by March 1, 2022. 
    • All applicants must fill out an online application on Cal State Apply and pay the required fees.
    • A SDSU RED ID Number will then be assigned which allows tracking of application status.
    • Please note that it is not necessary to submit your personal statement as part of your online application. In its place, you may write “statement of purpose sent directly to program office”.
    • April 1st is the deadline for submitting transcripts to Graduate Admissions.
  2. Applicants can expect to learn acceptance/rejection status by the first week of APRIL if not sooner.
  3. DUE TO COVID-19 THE GRE IS NOT REQUIRED.
  4. Program Application – Must be completed by March 1, 2022.
    • Complete the program application at Interfolio.
    • The BMI graduate program application requires the following items:
      • CV (Curriculum Vitae) — not to exceed two pages
      • Statement of purpose describing your motivating interest in the program, research interests, and educational and professional goals
      • Copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (these do not need to be sent directly from the colleges – photocopies are acceptable)
      • Two letters of recommendation – from persons in a position to judge academic ability should be provided with the application in interfolio.
      • Instructions on how to check your application status: https://admissions.sdsu.edu/graduate/applied