Major in Chemistry, Concentration in Bioinformatics

The purpose of this interdisciplinary concentration is to prepare students to enter computer-intensive fields of bioinformatics, computational biology, computational chemistry and molecular modeling including genomics and proteomics. With the advent of the Human Genome Project, an explosion of genomics information has occurred, and databases such as GenBank and EMBL have grown at a rate that now requires storage, organizing and indexing of the information. 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 Chemistry, Concentration in Bioinformatics

Core(45 credits)
CH-120
CH-121
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
8
CH-201
CH-202
Organic Chemistry I (lecture)
and Organic Chemistry II (lecture)
6
CH-203
CH-204
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
4
CH-301
CH-302
Physical Chemistry I (Lecture Only)
and Physical Chemistry II (Lecture Only)
6
CH-303Physical Chemistry Laboratory I2
CH-210Chemical Analysis: an Introduction to Modern Methods5
CH-475Chemistry Seminar2
Plus a minimum of 12 credits at the 300 level or above, at least one of which must be a lab course. Internships and Independent Study may contribute no more than 3 credits toward this requirement.12
Ancillary Courses(16 credits)
MA-200
MA-201
Calculus I
and Calculus II
8
PY-241
PY-242
Physics I (Mechanics)
and Physics II ( Electricity, Magnetism and Optics)
8
Concentration in Bioinformatics(25 credits)
BI-203Genetics 14
BT-378Bioinformatics4
CS-140Introduction to Programming4
CS-242Data Structures3
CS-135Programming for Non-CS Majors3
CS-265Database Applications3
Select one of the following:4
Genetics 1
Microbiology
Developmental Biology 1
Molecular Biology 1
Virology 1
Biotechnology
Total Credits86
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Requires additional prerequisite courses beyond those required for the major and concentration.

Students must earn a C- or higher in all prerequisite courses in order to register for a chemistry or ancillary course.