Bioinformatics brings together the fields of life science, computer science and statistics. When biological information is captured on computer, it can be used to produce new computer systems (databases, software, networks and even hardware) and solve problems in a wide variety of areas ranging from biology to medicine.
Bioinformaticians strive to understand medical and biological systems through the creative use of statistics and computer analysis. They may write computer programs to analyse data in a new way, they may apply existing analytical tools to new data sets, they may introduce novel statistical methods into the analysis of data and they may extend existing analytical capabilities to genome-sized data sets. The most recognised application of bioinformatics has been the mapping of the human genome sequence.
Students planning a major in bioinformatics undertake required units of study in mathematics, data structures, biology and molecular biology and genetics.
Intermediate study includes units in statistics, biology, molecular biology and computer science and information systems.
Students undertake studies in bioinformatics and genomics, or proteomics and functional genomics, studies in applied linear models or applied statistics, and studies in computational methods for life sciences. Students also complete a project providing the opportunity to undertake research supervised by biomedical scientists.
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry – Genes
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry – Proteins
Human Molecular Cell Biology
Medical and Metabolic Biochemistry
Proteomics and Functional Genomics
Bachelor of Science graduates who hold a major in bioinformatics are eligible to attend the National Bioinformatics Symposium and apply to contribute papers for publication to symposia.
Bioinformatics graduates work in computer programming, database development, systems analysis and software engineering and assist biologists and medical researchers in the interpretation of biological or medical data. Bioinformaticians design user interfaces, and run laboratory information management and analysis systems in research laboratories, hospitals, and in the biotechnological and pharmaceutical industries.
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