Bioinformatics Courses

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Getting Started in Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is a very interdisciplinary field, and students need to develop a sound understanding of biology (especially microbiology and biochemistry), computer science, mathematics and statistics.

The University of Canterbury does not currently offer a formal major in bioinformatics, but students can design their own programme from courses in various departments.

Students may choose to major in biology, mathematics and statistics, computer science or chemistry and then supplement that with courses in the complimentary fields. On the back of this brochure is a list of suggested courses for students who are interested in bioinformatics.

More info on Bioinformatics on our Bioinformatics page.

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First Year Biology
BIOL111 Cellular Biology & Biochemistry (15pts) BCHM222 BIOCHEMISTRY B - Metabolism; the reactions of molecules in cells (15pts)
BIOL112 Ecology, Evolution & Conservation (15pts) BCHM301 Biochemistry 3 (30pts)
BIOL113 Diversity of Life (15pts) BCHM302/CHEM325 Biological Chemistry (30pts)
COSC121 Introduction to Computer Programming (15pts) BCHM381 Biochemical Techniques (15pts)
COSC122 Introduction to Computer Science (15pts) BIOL116 Human Biology (15pts)
MATH120 Discrete Mathematics (15pts) BIOL213 Microbiology and Genetics (15pts)
MATH170 Mathematical Modelling and Computation (15pts) BIOL270 Ecology (30pts)
STAT101 Statistics 1 (15pts) BIOL271 Evolution (15pts)
Second Year (selection of courses from) BIOL313 Advanced Microbiology (30pts)
BCHM202 Molecular Genetics (15pts) BIOL371 Evolutionary Biology (15pts)
BCHM221 BIOCHEMISTRY A - Biomolecules and their interactions (15pts) BIOL405 Research Preparation (0.25 EFTS)
BIOL209 Introduction to Biological Data Analysis (15pts) Statistics
BIOL231 Foundations in Molecular Biology (15pts) STAT221 Modern Statistical Computation and Simulation (15pts)
COSC262 Algorithms (15pts) STAT312 Sampling Methods (15pts)
COSC265 Relational Database Systems (15pts) STAT315 Multivariate Statistical Methods (15pts)
MATH203 Linear Algebra (15pts) Mathematics
MATH220 Discrete Mathematics and Cryptography (15pts) MATH130 Introduction to Logic & Computability (15pts)
MATH270 Mathematical Modelling and Computation 2 (15pts) MATH202 Differential Equations (15pts)
STAT201 Applied Statistics (15pts) MATH363 Dynamical Systems (15pts)
Third Year Physics
BIOL309 Experimental Design and Data Analysis for Biologists (15pts) PHYS203 Relativistic and Quantum Physics (15pts)
BIOL335 Bioinformatics and Genomics (15pts) PHYS310 Thermal, Statistical and Particle Physics (15pts)
COSC367 Computational Intelligence (15pts) For more information about Bioinformatics at Canterbury, please contact any of these staff members in the associated departments:
STAT314 Bayesian Inference (15pts) Biological Sciences: Paul Gardner
Fourth Year Chemistry: Andy Pratt
BIOL430/BCHM406 Genomics (0.2500 EFTS) Computer Science: Kourosh Neshatian
BIOL431 Genetics (0.2500 EFTS) Mathematics & Statistics: Mike Steel
COSC401 Machine Learning (0.1250 EFTS)   
COSC413 Advanced topics in algorithms (0.1250 EFTS)   
MATH405/STAT405 Bioinfomatics (0.1250 EFTS)  
MATH406 Mathematical Models in Biology (0.1250 EFTS)