| ACADEMICS | Majors & Minors | Bioinformatics
The Biology, Chemistry, and Computer Science Departments offer 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.Major in Biology, Concentration in BioinformaticsIn addition to the requirements for the Major in Biology:
*BT 378 Bioinformatics fulfills an upper division Cellular/Molecular Biology elective. (requires BI 203 as a prerequisite)Major in Biotechnology, Concentration in BioinformaticsIn addition to the requirements for the Major in Biotechnology:
Requirements for a Major in Chemistry, Concentration in Bioinformatics:In addition to the requirements for the Major in Chemistry:
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+Requires additional prerequisite courses beyond those required for the major and concentration.Major in Computer Science, Concentration in BioinformaticsIn addition to the requirements for the Major in Computer Science:
+Requires additional prerequisite courses beyond those required for the major and concentration.*Count as the 2 lab science courses required in the computer science major ancillary requirements, but are not NSP.**Counts to big data analytics concentration or to a computer science elective.***Counts as the additional math/science course from a department-approved list of courses. Required in the computer science major ancillary requirements.