Electives

In addition to the core MTM courses, students take advantage of a wide range of classes offered at both UC Berkeley and UCSF. The courses listed below have been previously approved as meeting the requirements of the program, but are by no means the only electives you can choose. Many other graduate (and undergraduate) courses provide essential training for translational medicine, and can be included in the MTM curriculum in consultation with faculty advisors.

There is no need to enroll in a large number of electives, as the core classes and capstone project will be your main focus throughout the year.

Note that not all courses are offered every year. Refer to the UC Berkeley Academic Guide and UCSF Course Catalog for class schedules.

Science and Engineering Electives

Location Course Code Course Title Units Semester
UCSF BPS 111 Biopharmaceutics 3.5 F
UCSF BPS 113 Drug Delivery: From Biologics to Devices 3 Sp
UCSF BPS 115 Genetics and Pharmacogenetics 2 Sp
UCSF BPS 134 Research Design and Statistics in Drug Development 3 W
UCSF BPS 135 Principles of Pharmacogenomics 3 Sp
UCSF Biostats 208 Biostatistical Methods II 3 W
UCSF BPS 272A Advanced Drug Delivery: Controlled and Targeted Drug Delivery 2 W
UCSF BioE 221 Tissue Mechanobiology 2 F
UCSF BioE 230C Introduction to Molecular Imaging 3 Sp
UCSF BioE 241 Metabolism and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy 3 W
UCSF BioE 245 Machine Learning Algorithms for Medical Imaging 3 Sp
UCSF BioE 247 Introduction to Magnetic Resonance Imaging System and Hardware 3 Sp
UCSF Pharmacogenomics 245A Basic Principles of Pharmaceutical Sciences 5 F
UCSF Pharmacogenomics 245B Basic Principles of Pharmaceutical Sciences 2 W
UCSF Pharmacogenomics 245C Principles of Pharmacogenomics 2-3 Sp
UCSF Pharmaceutical Chemistry 204 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming 2 F
UCSF Radiology 201 Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging 4 F
UCSF Radiology 202 Physical Principles of CT, PET, and SPECT Imaging 4 F
UCSF Radiology 211 MR Pulse Sequences 3 W
UCSF Radiology 260 Imaging Processing and Analysis I 2 F
Berkeley BioE C118 Biological Performance of Materials 4 F
Berkeley BioE C209 Advanced Orthopedic Biomechanics 4 F, Sp
Berkeley BioE C211 Cell and Tissue Mechanotransduction 3 F
Berkeley BioE C213 Fluid Mechanics of Biological Systems 3 F, Sp
Berkeley BioE C214 Advanced Tissue Mechanics 3 Sp
Berkeley BioE C215 Models of Cell Mechanics: Dynamics of the Cytoskeleton 3 F
Berkeley BioE C216 Macromolecular Science in Biotechnology and Medicine 4 Sp
Berkeley BioE C217 Biomimetic Engineering – Engineering from Biology 3 F
Berkeley BioE C218 Stem Cells and Directed Organogenesis 3 Sp
Berkeley BioE 221 Advanced BioMEMS and Bionanotechnology 4 F
Berkeley BioE 221L BioMEMS and Bionanotechnology Laboratory 4 F, Sp
Berkeley BioE C222 Advanced Structural Aspects of Biomaterials 4 F, Sp
Berkeley BioE C223 Polymer Engineering 3 F
Berkeley BioE C237 Advanced Designing for the Human Body 4 F
Berkeley BioE 231 Intro to Computational Biology 4 F
Berkeley BioE 241 Probabilistic Modeling in Computational Biology 4 Sp
Berkeley BioE 248 Bioenergy and Sustainable Chemical Synthesis: Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology Approaches 3 F
Berkeley BioE 251 Micro/Nanofluidics for Bioengineering and Lab-On-A-Chip 4 Sp
Berkeley BioE 252 Clinical Need-Based Therapy Solutions 2 F
Berkeley BioE C265 Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging 3 F, Sp
Berkeley BioE C280 Introduction to Nano-Science and Engineering 3 F, Sp
Berkeley BioE 290H Biomedical Device Development 3 F
Berkeley BioE 290I Clinical Need Targets Requiring Therapy Solution 2 F
Berkeley CS 280 Computer Vision 3 F
Berkeley CS 294-84 Interactive Device Design 3 F
Berkeley EE 225B Digital Image Processing 3 F, Sp
Berkeley EE C245 Introduction to MEMS Design 4 F, Sp
Berkeley EE 249 Introduction to Embedded Systems 4 F, Sp
Berkeley ENGIN 273 Deep Tech Commercialization Strategies 3 F
Berkeley Info C262 Theory and Practice of Tangible User Interfaces 4 F
Berkeley INFO 206 Introduction to Programming and Computation
Berkeley INFO 271B Quantitative Research Methods for Information Systems and Management 3
Berkeley INFO 290 Special Topics in Information: Specific topics, hours, and credit may vary from section to section, year to year 1-4
Berkeley MEC ENG C215 Advanced Structural Aspects of Biomaterials 4 Sp
Berkeley MEC ENG 235 Design of Microprocessor-Based Mechanical Systems 4 Sp
Berkeley MEC ENG 290L Introduction to Nano-Biology 3 F, Sp
Berkeley VS265 Neural Computation 3 F

Clinical Needs and Strategies Electives

Location Course Code Course Title Units Semester
UCSF BioE 280 What, Why, and How of Medical Devices by Clinicians 1 Sp
UCSF BioE 283 Designing Clinical Research for Industry 2 F, W, Sp
Berkeley Neuroscience C217D Biological and Public Health Aspects of Alzheimer’s Disease 3 Sp
Berkeley Public Health 200C Public Health Core Breadth Seminar 3 F
Berkeley Public Health 200J Health Policy and Management Breadth Course 2 F
Berkeley Public Health 220 Health Policy Decision-Making 3 F
Berkeley Public Health 221B Understanding and Overcoming Health Care Disparities 2 F
Berkeley Public Health 222A Health Care Technology Policy 2 F
Berkeley Public Health 236 U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Drug Development, and Public Health 2 Sp
Berkeley Public Health 252C Intervention Trial Design 3 F
Berkeley Public Health 260A Principles of Infectious Diseases 4 F
Berkeley Public Health 260B Principles of Infectious Diseases 4 Sp

Business/Entrepreneurship Electives

Location Course Code Course Title Units Semester
UCSF Biochem 241 Startup 101 3 W, Sp
UCSF Global Health 202F Strategic Information in Global Health 2 W
Berkeley Environmental Design 298 Environmental Design Group Studies 1-4 F, Sp
Berkeley ENGIN 274 Commercializing Science and Technology Breakthroughs 3 Sp
Berkeley ESPM 2491 Bioethics, Law, and the Life Sciences 3 Sp
Berkeley EWMBA 290T SQL Programming 1 Sp
Berkeley IEOR 220 Economics and Dynamics of Production 3 F
Berkeley INFO 214 User Experience Research 3 Sp
Berkeley LAW 276.61 Biotechnology Law 2 F, Sp
Berkeley MBA 209F Fundamentals of Business 3 F, Sp
Berkeley MBA 215 Business Strategies for Emerging Markets 2-3 F, Sp
Berkeley MBA 246 Project Management 1-2 F
Berkeley MBA 252 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution 3 F
Berkeley MBA 263 Marketing Analytics 3 F, Sp
Berkeley MBA 268B International Markets F 2
Berkeley MBA 275 Managing the Legal Environment of Business 2-3 F
Berkeley MBA 290P Project Management Case Studies 1
Berkeley MBA 290N Managing the New Product Development Process 3 F
Berkeley MBA 292T Startup Disco 1 F
Berkeley MBA 295A Entrepreneurship 2 Sp
Berkeley MBA 295T Lean Transfer F 2
Berkeley MBA 295V New Venture Finance 2-3 Sp
Berkeley MBA 297C Innovation in Healthcare 2 F, Sp
Berkeley Public Health W212 Foundations of Global Health 2
Berkeley Public Health 200J Health Policy and Management Breadth Course 2 F
Berkeley Public Health 223C Strategic Management and the Health Sector 3 Sp
Berkeley Public Health 227A Health Care Finance 2 Sp
Berkeley Public Health 243C Information Systems in Public Health 2 Sp
Berkeley Public Health C253 Foundations of Public Health 2 F

Additional notes:

  • In quarter units, 1.5 UCSF quarter units = 1 semester unit.
  • Students should plan to apply to no more than one undergraduate-level class to their degree checks. At Berkeley, undergraduate courses are 100-level. UCSF does not have undergraduate courses.