Bioinformatics Courses

Getting Started in Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is a very interdisciplinary field, and students need to develop a sound understanding of biology (especially microbiology and biochemistry), computer science, mathematics and statistics.

The University of Canterbury does not currently offer a formal major in bioinformatics, but students can design their own programme from courses in various departments.

Students may choose to major in biology, mathematics and statistics, computer science or chemistry and then supplement that with courses in the complimentary fields. On the back of this brochure is a list of suggested courses for students who are interested in bioinformatics.

More info on Bioinformatics on our Bioinformatics page.

Suggested Courses:

First Year
BIOL111 Cellular Biology & Biochemistry (15pts)
BIOL112 Ecology, Evolution & Conservation (15pts)
BIOL113 Diversity of Life (15pts)
COSC121 Introduction to Computer Programming (15pts)
COSC122 Introduction to Computer Science (15pts)
MATH120 Discrete Mathematics (15pts)
MATH170 Mathematical Modelling and Computation (15pts)
STAT101 Statistics 1 (15pts)

Second Year (selection of courses from)
BCHM202 Molecular Genetics (15pts)
BCHM221 BIOCHEMISTRY A - Biomolecules and their interactions (15pts)
BIOL209 Introduction to Biological Data Analysis (15pts)
BIOL231 Foundations in Molecular Biology (15pts)
COSC262 Algorithms (15pts)
COSC265 Relational Database Systems (15pts)
MATH203 Linear Algebra (15pts)
MATH220 Discrete Mathematics and Cryptography (15pts)
MATH270 Mathematical Modelling and Computation 2 (15pts)
STAT201 Applied Statistics (15pts)

Third Year
BIOL309 Experimental Design and Data Analysis for Biologists (15pts)
BIOL335 Bioinformatics and Genomics (15pts)
COSC367 Computational Intelligence (15pts)
STAT314 Bayesian Inference (15pts)

Fourth Year
BIOL430/BCHM406 Genomics (0.2500 EFTS)
BIOL431 Genetics (0.2500 EFTS)
COSC401 Machine Learning (0.1250 EFTS)
COSC413 Advanced topics in algorithms (0.1250 EFTS)
MATH405/STAT405 Bioinfomatics (0.1250 EFTS)
MATH406 Mathematical Models in Biology (0.1250 EFTS)

Other relevant papers

BCHM222 BIOCHEMISTRY B - Metabolism; the reactions of molecules in cells (15pts)
BCHM301 Biochemistry 3 (30pts)
BCHM302/CHEM325 Biological Chemistry (30pts)
BCHM381 Biochemical Techniques (15pts)
BIOL116 Human Biology (15pts)
BIOL213 Microbiology and Genetics (15pts)
BIOL270 Ecology (30pts)
BIOL271 Evolution (15pts)
BIOL313 Advanced Microbiology (30pts)
BIOL371 Evolutionary Biology (15pts)
BIOL405 Research Preparation (0.25 EFTS)

STAT221 Modern Statistical Computation and Simulation (15pts)
STAT312 Sampling Methods (15pts)
STAT315 Multivariate Statistical Methods (15pts)

MATH130 Introduction to Logic & Computability (15pts)
MATH202 Differential Equations (15pts)
MATH363 Dynamical Systems (15pts)

PHYS203 Relativistic and Quantum Physics (15pts)
PHYS310 Thermal, Statistical and Particle Physics (15pts)

For more information about Bioinformatics at Canterbury, please contact any of these staff members in the associated departments:

Biological Sciences: Paul Gardner
Chemistry: Andy Pratt
Computer Science: Kourosh Neshatian
Mathematics & Statistics: Mike Steel

  • Biomathematics Research Centre
    University of Canterbury
    Private Bag 4800, Christchurch
    New Zealand
  • Prof. Mike Steel
    Phone +64 3 364 2987 ext 7688
    Fax: +64 3 364 2587
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