Computer Science – Computational Chemistry Faculty
Department chair: Dr. Yoram Devary
Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Computational Chemistry is a new and attractive discipline combining chemistry and computers and is vital for various areas of research and development including medication development, researching the physiological processes of the human body and other research utilizing computers. Computational Chemistry deals with the programming and development of both small and large molecules with the aid of computers. Pharmaceutical, chemical and food industries can all be advanced with this field.
Logical programming of drugs is being advanced in Israel and around the world, on the level of developing new tools for creating new drugs as well as utilizing existing applications. To date, no formal program trains graduates to join this growing field of research and development.
The chemical field encompasses much information regarding large and small molecules, and finding the connection between molecules and their chemical and biological properties. Processing and implementing this information is beneficial in chemical industries, pharmaceutical and basic research.
The curriculum of this department includes gaining knowledge of computer science and expanded knowledge of chemistry. A third branch combining these two topics trains students to process and evaluate data, to find the relationship between molecular structure and their properties, to develop techniques for programming and engineering new small molecules with medical, pharmaceutical and research potential and to find new calculating tools for researching the behaviour of small molecules. In order to advance these skills, students will participate in courses involving evolutionary programming, structural biology, bioinformatics, computational chemistry, calculation models for developing medications and more.
Utilizing computer science in life and natural sciences can contribute greatly to processing and utilizing the ever-growing amounts of data especially in the fields of medicine, biotechnology, food industry and chemical industry.
Graduates of this program will be able to continue on to Masters' degrees in computers, chemistry or biology or to find employment in pharmaceutical, chemical, food or computer industries.