As biology grows increasingly quantitative and digital—witness the mapping of the human genome, and the advent of the Personal Genome Project—the field of bioinformatics and computational biology has become a critical science. And the professionals who wish to enter it will need an integrated education that incorporates the skills and experience necessary to develop and use computational techniques as well as mathematical concepts for the analysis of biological data.
The Bioinformatics & Computational Biology (BCB) program at WPI is meeting this challenge through an interdisciplinary approach that brings together biology and biotechnology, computer science, and mathematical sciences. The result is a program that produces graduates who are experienced in the language, concepts, and techniques of these disciplines—and ready to begin rewarding careers.
Average Starting Salary
- Bachelor’s: $66,500 (2015)
- Master’s: N/A
- PhD: N/A
Average National Starting Salary (according to the Bureau of Labor statistics, May 2015): $66,030
Average National Starting Bachelor’s Degree Salary (reported by the NACE Salary Survey): $33,583
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Companies That Have Hired WPI Bioinformatics & Computational Biology Majors
- Broad Institute
- Epic Systems
- Seahorse Bioscience
- UMass Medical School
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Sample Job Titles
- Bioinformatics Scientist
- Research Scientist
- Senior Research Associate
- Software & Instrumentation Test Engineer
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Sample Graduate Schools
- University of Massachusetts Medical School
Sample Professional Associations and Clubs
- American Medical Informatics Association
- International Society for Computational Biology
- IEEE Computational Intelligence Society
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Sample MQP Titles
- Gene Expression Classification
- Cluster Visualization of Upregulated HDAC1 in Mouse Using Integration of Treeview and Galaxy
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Popular Industries for Bioinformatics & Computational Biology majors
- Agricultural chemicals
- Medical device and equipment
- Research and testing
- National Institutes of Health