|Description:||Bioinformatics and Computational Biology is an interdisciplinary specialist program, jointly sponsored by the Departments of Biochemistry, Cell and Systems Biology, Computer Science, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Molecular Genetics. With this program, we address the unique challenges of the most rapidly advancing frontier of the sciences: understanding life at the molecular level. Bioinformatics builds the toolbox of this science. This requires a good grasp of computational principles, algorithms and practical considerations to work with and analyse individual molecules, whole genomes and "Big Data" in the lab and from public research databases. Computational biology is our goal. Applying deep insights into biology, sophisticated statistical analysis, and advanced modeling techniques, we aim to transform the life sciences from a descriptive science to a predictive one, and provide the insights we need for academia, industry, and medicine. The BCB Specialist Program provides a balance between computer science, mathematics, and statistics courses, and courses in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and genetics. Even so, the program leaves ample space to add advanced courses in Computer Science or Life Science specializations, to prepare for graduate studies in either life- or computer science.
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