Are you just as passionate about developing and using computational tools as you are about exploring complex biological systems? With WPI’s undergraduate program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB), you can combine your interests by learning to create and use cutting-edge mathematical and computational techniques to increase your understanding of biology.

While other schools offer Bioinformatics as a concentration within a Biology program, our program draws equally from three disciplines—Biology, Computer Science, and Mathematics.

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Curriculum

Through our unique interdisciplinary program, you will develop foundational knowledge in Biology, Computer Science, and Mathematics, and you may choose to specialize in one of the three. You may also take interdisciplinary courses on topics including biovisualization, biomedical database mining, simulation in biology, and statistical methods in genetics and bioinformatics.

As you learn about the theories, tools, and techniques that underlie Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, you will also have many opportunities to apply your knowledge to solve real-world problems through extensive project work and research.

BS/MS Option

Undergraduate students can save time and earn a combined BS/MS in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology in five years, or even less time in some cases.

Complementary Minors

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematical Sciences

Project-based Learning

Project-based Learning

WPI’s distinctive undergraduate education combines rigorous theory with hands-on application. In other words, at WPI, you don’t just learn—you do. Throughout your four years here, you will apply your knowledge in innovative ways to solve significant, real-world problems, both in and out of the classroom.

Our Global Projects Program immerses students in communities as close as our home city of Worcester and at more than 40 other locations worldwide. Students work in teams with a faculty advisor and are accountable to a project sponsor on a specific problem that connects science or technology with social issues and human needs.

Bioinformatics & Computational Biology majors make meaningful contributions in areas such as functional genomics, disease prediction, regenerative medicine, biological database mining, and biodiversity. You may explore groundbreaking questions such as:

  • Can we find better drugs by testing their effects on the nervous system of microscopic organisms?
  • How can we create a computer simulation to predict the course of a viral outbreak on a cruise ship?
  • Can we find mutations that cause disease by looking at how they affect large networks of proteins?
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Getting Involved

Getting Involved

Our active campus life provides a healthy balance to the demands of studying and project work. We have more than 200 clubs and organizations ranging from cultural associations to sports teams, and from performing arts societies to science and technology clubs.

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After Graduation