Computer Science Bioinformatics Concentration, B.A.

The Bioinformatics concentration, B.A. program was added in 2017. The B.A. in Computer Science with concentration in Bioinformatics requires a compact set of a computer science core courses (15 credit hours). Additionally, the program requires 14 credit hours of related work with courses in the fields of biology and chemistry, and 27-29 credit hours in Bioinformatics concentration courses. The emphasis in the B.A. program is less theoretical/mathematical, and more on the applied side of computing. 

Students in the Bioinformatics 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. This program presents 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.A. concentration, students can contact Lauren Slane, Gina Kelley or George Dellinger. 

Computer Science Courses:

  • ITSC 1212 - Introduction to Computer Science I (4)
  • ITSC 1212L - Programming Lab I (0)
  • ITSC 1213 - Introduction to Computer Science II (4)
  • ITSC 1213L - Programming Lab II (0)
  • ITSC 2175 - Logic and Algorithms (3)
  • ITSC 1600 - Computing and Professionals (1)
  • ITSC 2214 - Data Structures and Algorithms (3)

Bioinformatics Concentration Requirements:

Concentration Courses (27-29 credit hours)

Required Concentration Courses (18 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 2111L - Introduction to Bioinformatics Computing Lab (0)
  • BINF 3101 - Sequence Analysis (3)
  • BINF 4600 - Bioinformatics and Genomics Seminar (1)
  • BIOL 3111- Cell Biology
  • BIOL 3166- Genetics

Concentration Elective Courses (9-11 credit hours)

Subarea 1: Database/Analytics (3 credit hours)

Select one of the following:

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

Related Courses (14 credit hours)

  • BIOL 2120- General Biology I (3)
  • BIOL 2130- General Biology II (3)
  • CHEM 1251- General Chemistry I (3)
  • CHEM 1251L- General Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
  • CHEM 1252- General Chemistry II (3)
  • CHEM 1252L- General Chemistry II Laboratory (1)

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