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Computational Biology

Program Overview

Program Overview

Dive deep into big data within biological science. Our rigorous curriculum will prepare you for a career in data-intensive biological sciences. And what you learn here is just what you need to stand out as you prepare for graduate school.  You'll examine computational and mathematical modeling, simulation, and more.  Our accomplished, accessible faculty will guide you along the way.



General education hours required (38)

(Mathematics and physical science requirements satisfied by the major)

Specific courses required:

  • BY 1134 - Principles of Biology: Cell and Genetics *
  • BY 1144 - Principles of Biology: Diversity and Ecology
  • BY 2114 - Cell Biology
  • BY 3114 - Genetics
  • BY 4014 - Molecular Biology
  • BY 4802 - Capstone Course
  • CS 1122 - Introduction to Computer Science *
  • CS 1213 - Introduction to Computer Programming
  • CS 1233 - Object-Oriented System Design and Programming
  • CS 2223 - Mathematical Structures for Computer Science
  • CS 2233 - Data Structures and Algorithms
  • CS 2243 - Database Management Systems
  • CS 3433 - Numerical Methods
  • CS 3623 - Design and Analysis of Algorithms
  • DS 2063 - Modern Computing Applications for Data Science *
  • DS 3123 - Information Ethics and Policy
  • DS 3213 - Principles of Data Science
  • DS 3223 - Information Structures
  • DS 3323 - Principles of Statistical Analysis and Decision Modeling
  • DS 4133 - Research Methods in Data Science
  • DS 4223 - Data Mining and Analysis
  • MA 1314 - Calculus I *
  • MA 2183 - Elementary Statistics
  • MA 3213 - Linear Algebra 


MCAT Track: 

Students shall choose electives (which may exceed 13 hours) from the list of minimum required courses to sit for the official MCAT exam, which at present includes at least one year of university level courses in each of the following: biology, organic chemistry, physics, mathematics, and English. For specific details of the required courses, the student's course program plan shall be reviewed and approved by the student's advisor in consultation with the respective departments of the courses listed above.

Bioinformatics & Technology Track: 

Students shall choose electives to support academic and professional career goals and objectives in consultation with, and approval by, the student's advisor.

** This major does not include the minimum prerequisites necessary for application to medical or dental school. Students who wish to use this degree to prepare for graduate programs in the allied health sciences should consult their advisor and/or the Health Professions Advisory Office for information on specific additional prerequisite science course work.

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

Nashville, TN

A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville, Tennessee an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Our Faculty

Meet our key faculty.

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    John Lewis

    Faith and Science Professorship

    John Lewis is associate professor of Biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He received his bachelor of science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Tennessee Technological...

    Meet John Lewis
  • Florah Mhlanga headshot

    Florah Mhlanga

    Senior Associate Dean

    Florah Mhlanga serves as the Associate Dean and Professor of Biology the College of Liberal Arts and Science at Lipscomb University. She also serves as the Director of the Lipscomb...

    Meet Florah Mhlanga
  • Jon Lowrance headshot

    Jon Lowrance

    Department Chair - Biology

    Jon H. Lowrance is a professor of biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Lipscomb University. He received his bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in Biology from...

    Meet Jon Lowrance
  • Amanda Williams headshot

    Amanda Williams

    Assistant Professor

    Amanda Williams was raised in Providence, Kentucky. She met her husband, Rick, at the Green Hills Starbucks when they were both college students at Lipscomb (B.S., Biology). Upon graduation, she...

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Career Paths

Medical Scientists

Medical scientists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach their findings.

Operations Research Analysts

Operations research analysts use advanced mathematical and analytical methods to help organizations investigate complex issues, identify and solve problems, and make better decisions.

Survey Researchers

Survey researchers design and conduct surveys and analyze data. Surveys are used to collect factual data, such as employment and salary information, or to ask questions in order to understand people’s opinions, preferences, beliefs, or desires.