With the advent of high-throughput techniques, biological sciences are grappling with a paradigm shift towards data-intensive explorations and challenges for management and analysis of massive data. Apart from fundamental contributions to basic science, data-driven analysis in biology has the potential to conquer challenges such as modeling and control of complex diseases, management and diagnosis of pathologies, personalized medicine, drug and vaccine design, among others. Making progress on these frontiers requires insight into biological processes, algorithms, machine learning techniques, mathematical modeling, apart from numerical and programming skills.
Thus, interdisciplinary education that imparts knowledge of foundations of biology and computer science as well as training in modeling and analysis of biomedical data is the key to create personnel who can provide solutions to problems on the interface of computation and biology. Knowledge of different aspects of modern biology and computational sciences will facilitate addressing relevant problems in biology and medicine. Towards this aim, an undergraduate program that seamlessly integrates foundations of computer science, biology and mathematics along with training to ask data-driven questions in biology and medicine is an important step in this direction.
The program aims to develop capabilities in Computer Sciences as well as in Biosciences. At the end of the program, a student will have:
In addition, the graduate of this program will also have the following general skills that are common with other B. Tech. programs:
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This program is intended to be complementary to CSE/ECE/CSAM, and emphasizes on the foundations of cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, mathematical biology, systems biology and computational genomics. Students interested in topics that are not covered, may do so through Independent Study or credit transfer. Besides, satisfying the cumulative 20 credits, the student may also do a BTP in Computational Biology.
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