Python, C++, and Human Health

Did you know that the Biocomputational Engineering degree program (BCE) at the Universities at Shady Grove is the newest bachelor’s degree offering from the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering? 

The program is specially designed for transfer students and rising juniors who are interested in math, computer programming, and biology. Even more, students work toward their University of Maryland, College Park degree from Shady Grove’s campus – which includes a brand-new Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Education facility. BCE students will have the opportunity to learn about synthetic biology and molecular engineering. They’ll also learn how to perform data analysis and data mining using artificial intelligence, and they’ll tackle programming languages such as Python, R, and C++. 

Biocomputational engineering students also take courses in quantitative bioengineering. In this way, students are trained to apply quantitative and engineering frameworks in order to interpret and solve biological and health care problems.

“Our biocomputational engineering program provides a unique and compelling interdisciplinary curriculum at the interface of biology, bioengineering,  programming and data science,” said program assistant director Lan Ma.

Students who graduate with a degree in biocomputational engineering will have the skills they need to enter the cutting-edge field of biological data science. In addition, the Shady Grove campus places students in close proximity to some of the biggest forces in human health today, including AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, and Novavax, as well as medical institutions such as the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Children's National Hospital. Plus, students will have countless opportunities to engage with researchers from nearby federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. 

Please contact the program coordinator, Emily Bailey, to learn more about the  program, including how to easily navigate admissions requirements in time to earn your degree as quickly as possible. 

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