Major Overview

Are you fascinated with math and science? A major in Biomathematics and Bioinformatics will allow you to fully explore mathematics and biology. You will learn how to complete mathematical computations that are essential to biology and research. Along with learning difficult mathematics you will also study areas such as genomics, molecular modeling, structural biology, ecology, systems biology, genetics, microbiology, chemistry, and physics. The information you learn in your classes will give you the knowledge to develop new mathematical methods, track genetic diseases, and help improve human life.

This major is unique to biology because it allows you to research in a very interdisciplinary field. You will become immersed in biology and mathematics and will decide what area interests you the most as you choose your concentration.

Concentrations in this major include: Biometry, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and others.

Required Skills

Students who choose this major should enjoy mathematics. You will spend a great deal of time memorizing formulas and solving problems. Hard work along with analytical and critical thinking skills will help you succeed.

Assignments will involve group work as well as independent research. Work on your communication and interpersonal skills for success in completing group projects. Having a good relationship with your advisor is important as you tailor your courses around your interests, or pursue independent studies with their guidance. The ability to collaborate will be easily applied to any career path that you choose.

This major requires dedication and work, but is very rewarding as complex problems become solvable. Your classes and study will enable you to develop analytical and predictive models of biology. Motivation and an independent work ethic will help you gain skills and knowledge that are desirable in the workforce.

Careers

Majors in Biomathematics & Bioinformatics are well prepared to continue on to graduate school in areas such as mathematics, bioinformatics, computational biology, and mathematical biology. The background you will have built will allow you to be successful in any of these areas. There are also options for grads who want to go directly into the workforce. You will be able to work as a researcher in various scientific or medical industries. Some graduates also work in education as secondary or post-secondary teachers. You may also be able to apply for a grant in order to pursue independent research.

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Example Careers

Here is a small sample of the careers that a degree in Biomathematics & Bioinformatics might open up.

Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Biological Scientists, All Other
Computer Occupations, All Other
Computer and Information Research Scientists
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
Natural Sciences Managers
Software Developers, Applications
Statisticians
Salary data is estimated by College Factual using 2013 data provided by PayScale.
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