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2011-2012 University Catalog 
    
2011-2012 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bioinformatics – Major


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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
MS degree.

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.

Bioinformatics Degree Requirements


For students entering in 2008 or later, the minimum number of credit hours needed for completion of the BS degree in bioinformatics is 130.

In order to earn a degree from the Misher College of Arts and Sciences, a student must complete thirty (30) in-residence credits at a University campus. Fifteen (15) of the thirty in-residence credits must be at the 300 level or higher. In-residence credits are defined as credits for courses offered by the University for which a student receives credit and a grade that can contribute to the student’s calculated grade point average.

Passing the writing proficiency examination is a graduation requirement for students who entered in Catalog Year 2008 or earlier (see Catalog Year for Degree Requirements). Students who have failed the examination are urged to seek assistance from the Writing Center.

Bioinformatics Program Electives (3 credits)


Sample Bioinformatics Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Year 2008 (graduating class of 2012)—with general education.

First Year


Second Year


Third Year


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
    (See Footnote 2 Below)

Credits/Semester: 13


Spring Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
    (See Footnote 2 Below)
  • Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15


Minimum Total Credits for BS degree: 130


Footnotes:


  1. Students may substitute PY 211/212 (pre-/corequisite MA 201) for PY 201/202.
  2. BI 495 - Directed Research in Bioinformatics is suggested as an elective.

Sample Bioinformatics Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Years 2009 and 2010 (graduating classes of 2013 and 2014)—with general education.

First Year


Second Year


Third Year


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
    (See Footnote 2 Below)
  • Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15


Minimum Total Credits for BS degree: 130


Footnotes:


  1. Students may substitute PY 211/212 (pre-/corequisite MA 201/202.
  2. BI 495 - Directed Research in Bioinformatics is suggested as an elective.

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