Major in Biotechnology, 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.

Requirements for the Major in Biotechnology, Concentration in Bioinformatics

BI-141Intro to Cellular and Molecular Biology4
BT-375Tissue Culture4
BT-410Biotechnology Seminar1
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry I (lecture)
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CH-210Chemical Analysis: an Introduction to Modern Methods5
CH-410Biochemistry I4
Major Electives(8 credits)
Select two of the following electives:8
Cancer Biology
Advanced Topics in Cell and Molecular Biology
Medicinal Chemistry
Organic Chemistry II (lecture)
Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Modern Physics
Biochemistry II
Fermentation Technology
Internship in Biotechnology
Green Chemistry
Computational Chemistry
Special Topics in Chemistry (Organometallics in Organic Synthesis)
And certain other BI-300, CH-300 and PY-300 level courses with Biotech coordinator approval.
Ancillary courses(29 credits)
MA-150Statistics I3
MA-190Pre-calculus (may be waived)4
MA-200Calculus I4
MA-201Calculus II4
or BI-203 Genetics
CS-120Microcomputer Applications3
EN-252Technical Writing3
or EN-253 Business Communications
Select one of the following sequences:8
General Physics I
and General Physics II (8)
Physics I (Mechanics)
and Physics II ( Electricity, Magnetism and Optics ) (8)
Concentration in Bioinformatics(20 credits)
BT-378Bioinformatics 14
CS-101Basics of Computer Science3
CS-140Introduction to Programming4
CS-242Data Structures3
CS-282Unix Systems Programming3
CS-265Database Applications3
Total Credits96

The sequence of this LASC course is a suggestion, but serves as a reminder that LASC designated courses must be taken to satisfy the LASC requirements.