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Scientific Computing

Bachelors of Computer Science/Science

Computers hold the key for fast and efficient analysis of complex scientific problems.

However, computers are digital systems, requiring discrete inputs and outputs, while mathematical analysis often relies on continuous functions. Therefore, careful approximations are necessary to enable computers to analyse complex mathematical functions.

You will study algorithms for mathematical analysis and graduate with skills used in various scientific endeavours, including in hospitals and university medical research and big pharmaceutical and petrochemical companies across the public and private sectors.

Join a growing industry

  • Help solve the complex scientific problems of the future using mathematical analysis
  • The digital technology sector is one of the fastest growing parts of Australia’s economy
  • Data engineer was the #8 emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report)


1 in Queensland for computer science and information systems

QS World University Rankings 2020

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Software engineer
  • Technical business analyst
  • Algorithm specialist
  • Data engineer

Graduate salary

Computing and information systems (undergraduate)


What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Numerical Methods in Computational Science
  • Visualization, Computer Graphics & Data Analysis
  • High-Performance Computing
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics

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Read program rules (PDF)

In Semester 1, 2021, we'll be teaching courses on campus and online. Delivery modes vary for each course and may change in future semesters.

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