Computational and mathematical biologists are in great demand in academia, industry, and government where they are investigating problems as diverse as identifying the genetic basis of disease, to predicting how ecological systems will respond to climate change.

In the Computational Biology major you will gain an understanding of the analysis and interpretation of biological phenomena using mathematical and statistical models, computational tools and the algorithmic design and analysis of such models and tools.

Based in the Parkville biomedical precinct, you will learn from academics who are experts in their field and use the latest theories and technologies in their teaching practices. The biomedical precinct is also home to the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) which houses one of the fastest supercomputers in the southern hemisphere. The IBM Blue Gene/Q has 836 teraflops of processing power which is equivalent to over 20,000 desktop computers. Read more here about how the supercomputer is contributing to rapid developments in the life sciences. 


Computational biologists find employment in academia and industry across a range of areas including:

  • Agrotech
  • Biofuels
  • Biotechnology
  • Clinical and public health research and government services
  • Consumer genomics
  • Environmental management
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Software systems.

Graduates who major in Computational Biology will be eligible to apply for the Master of Science (Bioinformatics). You will also be well-placed to apply for:

  • Graduate degrees in science and technology including computer science, mathematics and statistics, information systems, and biomedical sciences including biotechnology, epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Graduate degrees preparing for a wide range of professions including engineering, law, management, medicine and other health sciences and teaching
  • Masters and Honours pathways to research higher degrees in the sciences and technology within the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. 

Entry requirements & Prerequisites

This major is available through more than one course, both of which have their own separate entry requirements.

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Bachelor of Science&Bachelor of Science Extended