Major in Computational Biology
With continued advances in the technologies for collecting biological information and data, there is an everincreasing demand for professional scientists with skills in computational biology.
This major relies on contributions from biology and computer science, as well as mathematics and statistics. Students will gain an understanding of the analysis and interpretation of biological phenomena using mathematical and statistical models and stateoftheart computational tools. You will learn how to develop new algorithms and study biological data.
From advanced genomics to quantitative ecology, the major will expose you to a diverse array of life sciences specialisations in which mathematics and computation are an essential tool.
In the first year of your degree your program depends upon your studies and results at VCE level.
Course plans for three common entry levels are shown below. Students with combinations of studies or results not matching those below should seek individual course advice from the School of Mathematics and Statistics.
For students who have completed

For students who have completed

For students who have completed

MAST10005 Calculus 1 Stream
For students with VCE Maths Methods and VCE Chemistry but no (or ≤ 29 in ) VCE Specialist Mathematics
Semester 1  MAST10005 Calculus 1  COMP10001 Foundations of Computing*  CHEM10003 Chemistry 1  Breadth 
Semester 2  MAST10006 Calculus 2  COMP10002 Foundations of Algorithms  CHEM10004 Chemistry 2  BIOL10005 Genetics & the Evolution of Life 
Summer semester  MAST10007 Linear Algebra 
Students in this stream must complete the subject MAST10007 Linear Algebra over summer semester before commencing second year. As a consequence they will have a lighter study load in another semester later in their course, see note # below.
Second and third year is common to all students.
Notes:
* Students with previous computer programming experience may be able to skip this subject by passing an additional programming competency test.
MAST10006 Calculus 2 Stream
For students with VCE Chemistry and a study score of 2939 in VCE Specialist Mathematics
Semester 1  MAST10006 Calculus 2  COMP10001 Foundations of Computing*  CHEM10003 Chemistry 1  Breadth 
Semester 2  MAST10007 Linear Algebra  COMP10002 Foundations of Algorithms  CHEM10004 Chemistry 2  BIOL10005 Genetics & the Evolution of Life 
Second and third year is common to all students.
Notes:
* Students with previous computer programming experience may be able to skip this subject by passing an additional programming competency test.
Accelerated Stream
For students with a study score of ≥ 38 in VCE Specialist Mathematics and ≥ 35 in VCE Chemistry
Semester 1  MAST10008 Accelerated Mathematics 1  COMP10001 Foundations of Computing*  CHEM10009 Advanced Chemistry for Biosciences  Breadth 
Semester 2  MAST10009 Accelerated Mathematics 2  COMP10002 Foundations of Algorithms  BIOL10005 Genetics & the Evolution of Life  Breadth** 
Second and third year is common to all students.
Notes:
* Students with previous computer programming experience may be able to skip this subject by passing an additional programming competency test.
** MAST10010 Data Analysis 1 may be taken here instead of breadth, see note †† below.
Second and third year
Semester 3  GENE20001 Principles of Genetics  COMP20008 Elements of Data Processing  MAST20004 Probability†† or MAST20006 Probability for Statistics†† 
Breadth 
Semester 4  BCMB20002 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology  MAST20005 Statistics††  Breadth/Elective  Breadth 
Semester 5  MAST30032 Biological Modelling & Simulation  BIOL30003 Case Studies in Computational Biology  Elective†  Breadth/Elective# 
Semester 6  MAST30033 Statistical Genomics  Elective†  Elective†  Breadth/Elective# 
Notes: