The genomic and post-genomic era brings opportunities for new insight into all aspects of biology and medicine, based on the computational analysis of very large datasets in a biological context. The Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Program is an interdepartmental, interdisciplinary Program of Study that balances computer-science and life-science courses towards that goal. As a Specialist Program it is designed to prepare students for graduate studies in the field.
The Program is formally administered by the Department of Cell and Systems Biology and co-sponsored by the Departments of Biochemistry, Computer Science, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Molecular Genetics; all sponsoring Departments have clear trajectories to extend the Program into graduate studies in the respective Department.
Note: this program has deregulated fees, which are incurred after enrolment in the program. Please refer to Arts & Science Registration Instructions for more information.
This is a limited enrolment program. Students must have completed 4.0 credits and meet the requirements listed below to enrol.
Variable Minimum Grade Average
A minimum grade average is needed for entry, and this minimum changes each year depending on available spaces and the number of applicants. The following courses must be completed:
(12.5 full courses or their equivalent)
First or second year:
Foundational courses (5 Credits total)
( MAT135H1, MAT136H1)/ MAT137Y1/ MAT157Y1
( CSC108H1, CSC148H1)/ CSC110Y1
( CSC111H1/ CSC165H1, CSC236H1)/ CSC240H1 (1)
( CHM135H1, CHM136H1)/ CHM151Y1
Program requirements (7.5 Credits total)
STA237H1/ STA247H1/ STA255H1/ STA257H1
( BCH210H1, ( BCH311H1/ CSB349H1/ MGY311Y1))/ BCH242Y1
BCB students are allowed to enrol in up to 2.5 CSC credits at the 300/400-level
Course substitutions are possible with written permission of the Program Director. Note that the requirements for a co-sponsoring Department’s major can normally be fulfilled with 0.5 to 3.5 additional credits. All Major programs in the co-sponsoring life science departments require BIO120H1, however, it is not formally a part of this Specialist Program's requirements.
(1) The "missing" half-credit of the substitution does not have to be replaced. For details, please refer to the Computer Science Program instructions in this Calendar.