Information for prospective students
What is Bioinformatics?
… What does a protein look like?
…… How does a cell convert information?
……… and which molecule is suited as medicine?
Bioinformatics provides answers to these questions. This discipline connects computer science and life sciences (biology, chemistry, medicine, pharmacology). Applying methods from the field of computer science to scientific problems from life sciences is developing into a key technology in the 21st century. For more detail, see "What is Bioinformatics?" .
A podcast – What is Bioinformatics (13 minutes, in German) is available here.
What is Computing in Science?
Computing in Science is another term for describing computer science in natural sciences. Using computers for scientific purposes plays a significant role in many fields of natural sciences. Computing is omnipresent in life sciences and the same accounts for theoretically-oriented physics and chemistry, as well as other areas of research like meteorology / climate research. Computer-aided simulation processes and prediction models are expected to gain in importance also in upcoming areas, such as nanotechnology. Detailed information can be accessed under the example of “Cheminformatics”.
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Computing in Science
The course of studies Computing in Science conveys the knowledge to solve problems from the natural scientific subjects physics or biochemistry (with focus either on molecular biology or chemistry) by means of mathematical and computer scientific methods. You acquire profound expert knowledge in a selected natural scientific focus (in biochemistry or physics) and obtain substantiated computational skills in software development, as well as in theoretical and practical computer science. A comprehension for mathematical models as the basis of computer-aided processes is trained. The focus of the natural science subject is its theoretical part.
A podcast with information on the field of research, on the job description and on the course of studies at the University of Hamburg (70 minutes, in German) and the corresponding presentation is available here.
The course of study first started in the fall semester 2009. Most lectures and courses are taught in German.
Further information, for example an overview of the study process and the module catalogue are available in German here.
Information events for Computing in Science and Bioinformatics
Study Taster Computing in Science
The Study Taster Computing in Science takes place at the Center for Bioinformatics every year in April. It aims at giving interested students an insight into the study programme. For further information please click here.
Unitage - Open house day at the University Hamburg
The open house days at the University Hamburg take place every February. For further information please click here.
Course guidance service
Fakultät für Mathematik, Informatik und Naturwissenschaften
Information on BSc Computing in Science as PDF.