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.


Computational Biology Major Progress Tracker:

This major is designed to be completed in 4 academic years. Specific course sequencing cannot be changed. If you are looking for a major that can be completed in fewer than 4 academic years, we offer a BS in Biological Sciences which is much more flexible in course sequencing. Occasionally a student bringing in transfer credit may have a different timeline; please see a Bio Advisor to discuss.

It is the student's responsibility to track their progress through the major and general education requirements. All Computational Biology majors are required to bring an updated progress tracker (and Old Gen Ed supplement, if applicable) to their pre-enrollment appointment in order to have their hold lifted. 


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


Major course requirements

Same - see major progress tracker above.


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





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


Biological Sciences Advisors

SCI Advisors

Contact, A258 Langley Hall, 5th Floor of the Information Science Building