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Bachelor of Science in Computational Biology

The Bachelor of Science in Computational Biology, offered jointly between the Departments of Biological Sciences (Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences) and Computer Science (School of Computing and Information), will prepare students to understand core principles, models, and theories in the fields of biology and computer science and use them strategically to solve key problems in Computational Biology. Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to pursue graduate study or careers in industry.

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Degree Requirements

Computational Biology Requirements

Computational biology is a growing field of study in the life sciences. This major, which is administered by the Department of Biological Sciences in the Dietrich School and the Department of Computer Science in the School of Computing and Information, trains students in the computer programming, laboratory techniques, and other skills they will need to succeed in graduate school and in the workforce. This major requires completion of 64 credits of coursework, detailed as follows.

Students may declare a major in Computational Biology after completing the following courses or their equivalents with a letter grade of C or higher.

Transfer students who have finished these requirements prior to admission to the University of Pittsburgh are asked to complete one term of course work, including at least one BIOSC course that counts toward the major, before declaring within the Dietrich School. Transfer students applying to the School of Computing and Information who have finished these requirements prior to admission to the University of Pittsburgh may be admitted directly into the major - note, transfer application requirements for SCI are outlined in the Catalog under "Admission Requirements and Deadlines."

Biological Sciences courses

All of the following courses are required for the major.

Computer Science courses

All of the following courses are required for the major.

Computational Biology courses

All of the following courses are required for the major.

Co-requisite Chemistry courses

All of the following courses are required for the major.

Co-requisite Mathematics and Statistics courses

Both of the following courses are required for the major.

Capstone course

Students must choose one of the following capstone courses.


Admissions Information

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Tuition and Fees

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