WPI’s distinctive undergraduate education combines rigorous theory with hands-on application, meaning you will apply your knowledge in innovative ways to solve significant, real-world problems, both in and out of the classroom. Bioinformatics & Computational Biology majors make meaningful contributions in areas such as functional genomics, disease prediction, regenerative medicine, biological database mining, and biodiversity.
Are you just as passionate about developing and using computational tools as you are about exploring complex biological systems? With WPI’s degree 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.
Curriculum for Degree in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
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.
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.
- Computer Science
- Mathematical Sciences
Whether it’s real-world work experience through a co-op or internship, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four or five years through the BS/MS program, or integrating your coursework with your extracurricular interests through Major and a Mission, there are many ways you can make the most out of your time at WPI.
Consider a Minor Instead
Are you interested in increasing your understanding of bioinformatics and computational biology to complement your current field of study? A minor will give you a solid foundation in biology, mathematics, and computer science, all important interdisciplinary areas that make up this field.
Explore Career Outcomes for a Degree in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Are you considering your next career move, but want to get an idea of what to expect after graduation? Explore our career outlook for bioinformatics and computational biology, where you will learn about the field’s average starting salary, sample job titles, and much more. After pursuing a degree in bioinformatics and computational biology at WPI, you will be ready to embark on a rewarding career.