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.
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.