Computer Science Bioinformatics Concentration, B.S.

Within the College of Computing and Informatics, the requirements of the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Science are fulfilled by completing specific concentrations of courses offered by the three different departments in the College of Computing and Informatics and designed for students interested in pursuing a career in computing. The Bioinformatics concentration was added in Fall 2016. Students in the concentration are introduced to the collection, informatics analysis and interpretation of data derived from genomic and biological macromolecular investigations. Students will receive training in up-to-date methods for data handling and interpretation while developing an understanding of critical issues in bioinformatics research design, statistical data analysis, and the application of genomics domain knowledge. 

Program Contacts:

College of Computing and Informatics Academic Advisors

In order to declare or change your Computer Science, B.S. concentration, students can contact Lauren Slane, Gina Kelley or George Dellinger. 

Bioinformatics Concentration Requirements:

Concentration Courses (21-23 credit hours)

Required Concentration Courses (12 credit hours)

  • BINF 1101 - Introduction to Bioinformatics and Genomics (4) (fulfills the Natural Science General Education requirement)
  • BINF 2111 - Introduction to Bioinformatics Computing (4)
  • BINF 3101 - Sequence Analysis (3)
  • BINF 4600 - Bioinformatics and Genomics Seminar (1)

Concentration Elective Courses (9-11 credit hours)

Subarea 1: Database/Analytics (3 credit hours)

Select one of the following:

  • BINF 3121 - Statistics for Bioinformatics (3)
  • BINF 3211 - Bioinformatics Databases and Data Mining Technologies (3)
  • BINF 4211 - Applied Data Mining for Bioinformatics (4)

Subarea 2: Professional Development (3 credit hours)

Select one of the following:

  • BINF 4171 - Business of Biotechnology (3)
  • BINF 4191 - Life Sciences and the Law (3)

Subarea 3: Upper-Division Elective (3-4 credit hours)

Select one of the following:

  • BINF 3131 - Bioinformatics Algorithms (4)
  • BINF 3201 - Genomic Methods (4)
  • BINF 4101 - Computational Systems Biology (3) 
  • BINF 4111 - Structural Bioinformatics (3)

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