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Biocomputing Pre-Med Concentration B.S. (Purdue degree)

Offered by: Department of Computer & Information Science As sophisticated information and computing technologies play ever increasing roles in health care and data from medical research continues to grow, medical professionals with a technical background are extremely valuable.

Why choose this program?

As sophisticated information and computing technologies play ever increasing roles in health care and data from medical research continues to grow, medical professionals with a technical background are extremely valuable. According to the American Association of Medical Colleges' Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR), all medical school admissions committees look favorably on mathematical competence and statistical knowledge.

The Department believes that students should know what knowledge, skills, and abilities they should be expected to demonstrate upon completing the Bachelor of Science program. To this end, the student learning outcomes to be obtained are available here.

Learn more about the pre-health and professional programs on the IUPUI campus.

From day one in computer science, you’ll receive the personal attention and support you need to be successful. Full-time faculty, not graduate students, will teach all your required courses, and even your introductory classes will usually have fewer than 50 students. Your advanced classes will have just 10-15 students, and you’ll work closely with your professors. The department maintains a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.

All students, including undergraduates, are exposed to research opportunities. Students at all levels often work one-on-one with talented senior faculty to conduct research and expand knowledge in the discipline.

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What will you learn?

A computer science degree is not about mastering the latest software or the trendiest technology. It’s about graduating with knowledge and skills that you can build on for the rest of your life.

The science of computing is investigated from complex mathematical algorithms, through mnemonic code, translated to binary base and realized in real-world applications. In the Department of Computer and Information Science at IUPUI, applications of computer science range from biological and life sciences to software development—involving every aspect of life from homeland security to archiving cultural heritage. Here, you’ll develop and use innovative problem solving techniques to tackle the toughest technology challenges.

Our graduates enter the workplace armed with the technical proficiency, project management skills, communication expertise and high-level skills needed to develop working solutions for computing challenges into the future.

What will you do?

Computer science is one of the fastest growing fields in the United States. In fact, by 2018 almost 75% of new science and engineering jobs will be in computer science.

With a degree in computer science from IUPUI, you’ll be prepared for these jobs and for lifetime of interesting and important work. From medicine and industry to the arts, you’ll know how to collaborate with the best minds and how to turn theory into reality. And because you’ll graduate with a deep understanding of the fundamentals that underlie all computer technology, you will also be ready to adapt to changes in the marketplace. 


Degree Requirements

The CSCI Bachelor of Science degree program follows state-of-the-art curriculum, keeping current with the ACM Curriculum Guidelines. Students completing the undergraduate degree in computer and information science will have acquired a fundamental understanding of computing, information processing, and information communication. Students opting for this degree program take all of the pre-requisite courses to be considered for admission into U.S. medical schools, including the Indiana University School of Medicine, located on the IUPUI campus.

The Bachelor of Science degree program in computer science requires a minimum of 124 credit hours.

Details of all undergraduate degree requirements can be found in the IUPUI bulletin.

Capstone Experience

The senior capstone provides students with an excellent opportunity to complete their academics through large team projects, research or internships. These hands-on experiences cultivate technical expertise, utilization of analytical thinking, quantitative reasoning, project management skills, and communication skills.

Computer science program the right size, right fit

Maggie Hedrick Computer Science, Undergraduate
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