The Biocomputational Engineering Program offered through the University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering is designed to train students in the fundamentals of engineering and life sciences with strong skills in computational methods and data science.  Through combining the growing fields of bioengineering, life sciences, and data science, the Biocomputational Engineering Program is poised to have a significant impact on society.

The objective of the Biocomputational Engineering Program is to provide a breadth of fundamentals in the field of bioengineering, a discipline grounded in physics, chemistry, and biology, with quantitative problem solving.  Students will develop skills in computation and data science that can be applied to the modeling of complex biological systems and the analysis of complex biological data sets in order to create new knowledge from the molecular to organ to system levels, and to develop innovative processes for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.

Fundamentals Included in the Instruction:

  • Mathematics and statistics for engineers
  • Molecular biology
  • Computational systems biology
  • Synthetic biology
  • Fluid dynamics, mass transfer

SKILLS TAUGHT BY THE PROGRAM:

  • Computer programming (Python, C++, R)
  • Machine learning
  • Data visualization
  • Computer modeling
  • Molecular lab techniques

The curriculum will offer junior- and senior-level courses within the state-of-the-art Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (BSE) education facility at the Universities at Shady Grove starting in Fall 2021. Graduates of the program will be well-positioned for rewarding career opportunities in the emerging biopharma, biotech, and biomedical industry centered in Maryland and throughout the mid-Atlantic region.