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, health science, medical laboratory science, pharmacology, and pharmacy would benefit from a minor program in bioinformatics. The Bioinformatics Minor is designed to provide students with a sufficient concentration in molecular biology, computer science and bioinformatics courses such that students will be able to understand how bioinformatics concepts and tools can be applied to problems in disciplines such as genetics, microbiology and medicine. Not counting prerequisites, a minimum of 21 credits, including a minimum of 18 credits of required courses and at least 3 credits of elective courses, are required for the Bioinformatics Minor.
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.