Bioinformatics Minor

Bioinformatics Minor:
Degree Requirements

This minor is designed to prepare students to use computers to analyze genomic information, which is revolutionizing our understanding of health and disease.

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary science that involves the development and use of computational, statistical, and mathematical tools to store and analyze large biological datasets, such as genomic sequences. Bioinformatics is routinely used in genomics research and in personalized medicine. For example, bioinformatics analyses have led to an increased understanding of genetic diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, and are being used to tailor medical treatments for cancer patients, based on the genomics of the tumor.

The Bioinformatics minor will

  • introduce students to core concepts in computer programming, genomics, and data analysis
  • expose students to current Bioinformatics tools and databases
  • train students to apply bioinformatics programming and analytic skills to solve biological problems
  • prepare students who want to pursue graduate studies in Bioinformatics or Computational Biology, or for related careers

The minor requires a total of 19-21 credits as follows:

I. All 5 courses in this section are required:
1. CSC210Computer Science and Programming I
2. MAT216Statistical Data Analysis
    MAT315Applied Probability and Statistics
3. BIO230Genetics w/ Laboratory
    BIO304/314Genetics and Society /Lab
4. CSC314Introduction to Bioinformatics
5. CSC315Bioinformatics Programming and Analysis
II. Select ONE of the following elective courses* :
CSC342Advanced Database Systems
CSC305Data Mining and Applications
CSC/MAT350Numerical Analysis
MAT373Explorations - Mathematical Biology
BIO450Biotechnology with Lab
BIO436Molecular Genetics with Lab
Total Credits

*Additional elective courses may count with approval of the Bioinformatics coordinator and the
Department Chair.