Computational biology vs. bioinformatics vs. biotech ...
October 3, 2012 5:35 PM Subscribe
I am a college freshman in my school's
the College of Letters of Sciences. Currently, I'm pursuing a B.A. in Computer Science. I'd like to pursue a more technical understanding of software engineering as it applies to biological system, but need help maneuvering the many subfields.
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Biosystems, computational biology, biotechnology, bioinformatics, bioengineering....
So, I'd like to transfer into the College of Engineering at my university. It's quite competitive and my hopes aren't tremendously high, but I need some more guidance on the many fields that combine CS and biology, so I can demonstrate direction and purpose for making this transfer.
The field I'd like to join is primarily software/programming oriented, with its objectives focusing on resolving problems in biological systems. (I usually denote this by computational biology but what's the most accurate term?). Is a strong background in electrical engineering and hardware advisable for this type of position? What types of jobs/what companies do people in this field work? Just out of curiosity, where are the highest salaries being made in these types of fields?
I don't consider this, by any means, a substitute for my own research...simply an initial nudge in the right direction. Thank you for your help.