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The Department of Biology Statistics and Computational Biology (BSCB) consists of eleven full-time faculty members with expertise in the mathematical sciences applied to biology, including statistics, probability, biomathematics, and computing.

The department administers the Biometry major within the Bachelor of Science degree. Additionally, faculty in the department are members of several graduate fields offering M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees.

The department also offers undergraduate and graduate courses to majors and non-majors. The faculty of the department serves on numerous graduate minor committees and offers a statistical consulting service that is free to members of the Cornell community.

Biological Statistics

The growth of the use of mathematical and statistical methods in the biological sciences has become a cornerstone of the national scientific agenda. The problems posed by genomics, health and environmental issues have pushed research in computational biology to the forefront of interdisciplinary research. In the process, the mission of the department of Biological Statistics and Computational Biology (BSCB) has moved to the center of Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' efforts to maintain its national and international scientific leadership in the agricultural and life sciences. The disciplinary focus of BSCB is tripartite: biological statistics, statistical genomics, and computational biology. Each of these area has an intellectual (original research), service (consulting), and teaching mission.

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