The discipline of bioinformatics has quickly become a theoretical and technical foundation for much of the life sciences. Many disciplines, such as genetics, microbiology, and medicine, have been revolutionized by the application of bioinformatic concepts and tools to problems in classical and molecular research areas. A minor in bioinformatics could have a significant benefit for students who wish to major in a discipline other than bioinformatics but who want to have documented achievement in this exciting, cutting-edge area. Students majoring in biological science, biochemistry, computer science, health science, medical laboratory science, pharmacology, and pharmacy would benefit from a minor program in bioinformatics. The course sequence will allow students to study both introductory courses and advanced courses in molecular biology, computer science, and advanced bioinformatics. We have designed the course sequence so that introductory courses are the prerequisites for the required advanced courses and that students can take any advanced (400-level) bioinformatics course that meets their particular area of interest. Students must complete a minimum of 18 credits of which at least 12 credits must be in addition to any courses (required courses or program electives) included in the major curriculum.
Interested students should apply to the minor program early in their academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work, but no later than the end of the drop/add period of the first semester of their last year of didactic work.
For more information on applying for and completing a minor, please see Minors in the Academics section of this catalog.