Computational Biology

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.

 

Download the Computational Biology Major Progress Tracker below:

 

Download a Computational Biology Major Sample Plan below:

 

Access the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Major Sheet here:​ Dietrich School Computational Biology Major Sheet

 

Use the following to help you compare choosing between Dietrich School and SCI:

 

Dietrich School

SCI

Major course requirements

Same - see major progress tracker above.

Capstone

BIOSC 1640 Comp Bio Research

CS 1640 Comp Bio Software Design

Credits in residency

≥ ½ of BIOSC and CS credits earned at Pitt Pittsburgh campus

≥ ½ of all credits earned while an admitted SCI student

Related area

Not required

15 credit second field of study required

Tuition

Varies by school - check current rates

Double majoring

Easiest with other A&S majors; dual degree (150 credits required) outside of A&S

Easiest with other SCI majors; dual degree (150 credits required) outside of SCI­­­

Job Outlook

Aaccording to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, fields where computational biologists work, including, but not limited to, Medical Scientists and Computer and Information Research Scientists, are growing faster than average.

Departmental honors

Biological Sciences honors

Computer Science honors

General Education Requirements

Dietrich School gen eds

SCI gen eds

Advising

Biological Sciences Advisors

SCI Advisors

Contact

BioAdv@pitt.edu, A258 Langley Hall

sciUG@pitt.edu, 722 IS Building