Biology Major, Concentration in Bioinformatics

The purpose of this interdisciplinary concentration is to prepare students to enter the computer-intensive fields of bioinformatics, computational biology, computational chemistry, and molecular modeling, including genomics and proteomics. With the ever increasing number of fully sequenced genomes, including the human genome, databases such as GenBank and EMBL have grown at such a rate that storing, organizing, indexing, and ultimately mining the data have become key to answering biological questions. Questions of gene expression have led to computational biology, the process of analyzing genomic sequences and to the field of proteomics, the understanding of protein structure and function. The information obtained by computational biology and computational chemistry is used in the design of new drugs to treat a variety of diseases. Major drug and biotechnology companies are seeking people trained in bioinformatics.

Requirements for a Major in Biology, Concentration in Bioinformatics

Required Biology courses(38 credits)
BI-140Introduction to Organismal Biology4
BI-141Intro to Cellular and Molecular Biology4
BI-200Human Biology4
BI-202Principles of Ecology4
BI-404Biology Seminar2
3 Upper Division Electives (300 or 400 level lab courses)12
Ancillary Requirements(29 credits)
MA-150Statistics I3
MA-190Pre-calculus (or Higher)4
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry I (lecture)
and Organic Chemistry II (lecture)
General Physics I
and General Physics II
or PY-241
Physics I (Mechanics)
and Physics II ( Electricity, Magnetism and Optics )
Concentration in Bioinformatics(20 credits)
In addition to the requirements for the Major in Biology:
BT-378Bioinformatics 14
CS-101Basics of Computer Science3
CS-140Introduction to Programming4
CS-242Data Structures3
CS-282Unix Systems Programming3
CS-265Database Applications3
Total Credits87

BT-378 Bioinformatics fulfills an upper division Cellular/Molecular Biology elective. (requires BI-203 as a prerequisite)