Biology (B.S.)/Computer Science (M.S.)

This accelerated master's degree explores computational biology as an interdisciplinary field by combining a B.S. in biology with an M.S. in computer science in as few as five years.

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Processing biological data has become increasingly important with the growth of huge datasets, such as DNA data. As we move to the era of personalized genomics for medical purposes, the amount of data to analyze will be staggering. For example, sequencing the genomes of all Americans would generate exabytes of data.

Illinois Tech, Chicago’s only tech-focused university, combines a firm foundation of a biology bachelor’s degree with the advanced knowledge of a computer science master’s degree to develop highly qualified computational biologists.

Become more attractive to employers with a biology and computer science background, and as a result have better job prospects in both the biology and computer science fields. Or prepare to continue graduate studies.

Program Overview

Illinois Tech, Chicago’s only tech-focused university, combines a firm foundation of a biology bachelor’s degree with the advanced knowledge of a computer science professional master’s degree to develop highly qualified computational biologists.

Career Opportunities

The combined skill set of biology and computer science makes for a strong computational biologist, but also for a career in computer science.

  • Bioinformatics analyst
  • Bioinformatics engineer
  • Bioinformatics scientist
  • Network and computer systems administrator
  • Database administrator

Students applying to the Accelerated Master's Program must have completed at least 60 credit hours with at least one full-semester (12 credit hours) of applicable undergraduate study at the university.

Students must be at least one full-time semester (12 credit hours) away from undergraduate degree completion in order to apply.

Applicants are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0; however, please consult individual departments for specific minimum GPA requirements.