Bioinformatics + Genomics = 21st Century Biology...
Genetics and Bioinformatics become more and more intertwined in today’s biological sciences.

Biologists everywhere will increasingly require a working knowledge of this field as industries move more deeply into genetic technologies and the use of computing to simulate biological processes
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What do I do in this course?
BIOL3004 provides a hands-on introduction to computational approaches and techniques essential to today’s and tomorrow’s biologists. This course seeks to enable you to:
  • Consolidate a good knowledge in biology in order to understand the nature of biological problems
  • Develop an awareness of, and expertise within, different types of biological problems and recognise the appropriate level of abstraction of each problem
  • Identify and describe the scope and limitations on computational approaches and the biological data set
  • Conceptualise and utilise the iterative design process of observed biology and computational approach as an effective tool for understanding biology.
Career relevance of this course:
“There is no gene for the human spirit.” GATTACA (1997)
 
Bioinformatics complements other biological science streams at UQ, giving students more flexibility in career paths and a strong collegiate context in biology with computing components. Our program in computational biology and bioinformatics also gives students exposure at an early stage to the importance of mathematics and computing in biology. This direction has rewarding outcomes, even at the undergraduate level.

Because this is a new and growing area, there is a world shortage of trained bioinformaticists and computational biologists. Employment is with biotechnology companies, research organisations and government.
Program planning advice:
BIOL3004 is compulsory in the Genetics major and the Bioinformatics dual major, and recommended by the course coordinator for inclusion in a number of biology-focussed majors including Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biomedical Sciences (Developmental Biology and Human Geneticss), Biophysics, the Chemical Sciences (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) dual major and the Microbiology major.

For an official description of this course, including prerequisites and contact hours, and for the official rules of programs, including majors requirements, see the UQ Programs & Courses website.