| ACADEMICS | Majors & Minors | Bioinformatics
Worcester State University's interdisciplinary concentration in bioinformatics prepares 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. This program is jointly offered by the Biology, Chemistry, and Computer Science Departments.
In addition to the requirements for the major in biology, the concentration in bioinformatics requires:
*BT 378 Bioinformatics fulfills an upper division Cellular/Molecular Biology elective. (requires BI 141 or BI 203 as a prerequisite)In addition to the requirements for the major in chemistry, the concentration in bioinformatics:
One course from:
+Requires additional prerequisite courses beyond those required for the major and concentration.In addition to the requirements for the major in computer science, the concentration in bioinformatics:
+Requires additional prerequisite courses beyond those required for the major and concentration.*Count as the 2 lab science courses required in the CS major ancillary requirements.**Counts as 1 of the 2 CS major elective requirements.***Counts as the additional math/science course from a department-approved list of courses. Required in the CS major ancillary requirements.