ACADEMICS

  • 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* (4 credits)
    • CS 101 Basics of Computer Science (3 credits)
    • CS 140 Introduction to Programming (4 credits)
    • CS 242 Data Structures (3 credits)
    • CS 282 UNIX Systems Programming (3 credits)
    • CS 265 Database Applications (3 credits)

    *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:

    • BI 201 Cell Biology or BI 203 Genetics+ (4 credits)
    • BT 378 Bioinformatics (4 credits)
    • CS 140 Introduction to Programming (4 credits)
    • CS 242 Data Structures (3 credits)
    • CS 135 Programming for Non-CS Majors (3 credits)
    • CS 265 Database Applications (3 credits)


    One course from:

    • BI 201 Cell Biology (4 credits)
    • BI 203 Genetics+ (4 credits)
    • BI 204 Microbiology (4 credits)
    • BI 306 Developmental Biology+ (4 credits)
    • BI 353 Tree of Life: Evolutionary Systematics (4 credits)
    • BI 371 Molecular Biology+ (4 credits)
    • BI 375 Virology+ (4 credits)
    • BT 376 Biotechnology (4 credits)

    +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:

    • BI 141 Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology (4 credits)
    • BT 378 Bioinformatics (4 credits)
    • CH 120 General Chemistry I* (4 credits)
    • CH 121 General Chemistry II* (4 credits)
    • CS 400 Database Design** (3 credits)
    • MA 201 Calculus II*** (4 credits)
    • MA 303 Mathematical Modeling (3 credits)


    One course from:

    • BI 203 Genetics+ (4 credits)
    • BI 204 Microbiology (4 credits)
    • BI 306 Developmental Biology+ (4 credits)
    • BI 353 Tree of Life: Evolutionary Systematics (4 credits)
    • BI 371 Molecular Biology+ (4 credits)
    • BI 375 Virology+ (4 credits)
    • BI/CH410 Biochemistry+ (4 credits)
    • BT 376 Biotechnology (4 credits)

    +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.