Bioinformatics is the scientific discipline that merges biotechnology and computer science into a broad-based field important to all of the biological sciences. Advances in molecular biotechnology and computer hardware/software have changed the way pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies organize their research and development activities. Basic and applied research in numerous fields such as microbiology, cell biology, and genetics are using the new tools of genomics, DNA chips, and proteomics to answer important biological questions.
The bioinformatics program integrates a strong fundamental background in the sciences with specific training in computer science, chemical modeling, molecular biology, and genomics. We also offer an integrated master of science degree for students who wish to further their education in bioinformatics. For qualified students who complete the bioinformatics BS degree, it can take as little as one additional year of study to obtain the graduate
Students in the bioinformatics program will:
- Attain an understanding of the fundamentals of molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, and biotechnology necessary to comprehend and critically evaluate the contemporary scientific topics for bioinformatics and closely related disciplines.
- Attain a solid understanding of the theoretical and computational concepts that underlie current computer science and bioinformatics practice, especially concerning sequence analysis, computational genomics, and data mining methods.
- Attain proficiency in software and database development that are relevant to bioinformatics and be competent in web-centered application development.
- Attain an understanding and appreciation of the major topics in the liberal arts and social sciences by successfully completing the University’s general education requirements.
- Be able to communicate effectively to their colleagues, both in writing and oral presentation.
The bioinformatics program is not accepting students who enter the University in Catalog Year 2011 or later.