What is Bioinformatics?
Bioinformatics is a field of study that focuses on turning biological data into knowledge to help solve real-world issues. This unique interdisciplinary field is at the intersection of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Statistics, Computing and Engineering. As technologies have allowed scientists to generate extremely large datasets, the need for computational tools and methods to analyze and interpret data has led to the development of Bioinformatics. Through the analysis and interpretation of large-scale biological datasets, Bioinformatics has become an indispensable discipline for making major advances in many fields of life science and medical areas. The Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics at UNC Charlotte is made up of a faculty that works with students to develop and apply the appropriate methods to solve important problems in biological sciences.
Current Key Areas of Research in the Bioinformatics and Genomics Department include:
Students seeking a degree in Bioinformatics want to be involved at the forefront of 21st century biological sciences. Students with undergraduate majors in either the life sciences or computing fields are encouraged to apply. At UNC Charlotte, we instill research, writing and critical thinking skills by teaching scholarly inquiry and research methods at a high level. Students will take courses from both computational and biological fields to develop their skills in the development, application and interpretation of bioinformatics. In addition, students complete an industry driven internship to apply their classroom skills in the workplace.
Exceptional undergraduate students at UNC Charlotte may be accepted into the bioinformatics graduate program and begin work toward their graduate degree before completion of the baccalaureate degree. An applicant may be accepted at any time after completion of 75 or more hours of undergraduate course work, although it is expected that close to 90 hours of undergraduate course work will have been earned by the time the first graduate course is taken. These students will have provisional acceptance status in the graduate program, pending the award of the baccalaureate degree. Students admitted into an early-entry program pay only undergraduate tuition and fees for all courses (graduate and undergraduate) for which they register. Click here to learn more about how to being your graduate degree early.