BS in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology


The Bachelor of Science degree in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology is a highly interdisciplinary program. Students integrate coursework in applied mathematics, computer science and the biological sciences, learning how to apply mathematics and computing to the study of genes and proteins. This training prepares students for graduate education in a bioinformatics-related field or for entry into the workforce of this emerging discipline.

Program Summary

  • 32 Required credit hours in biological sciences
  • 61 Required credit hours in chemistry, physics and mathematics and computer science
  • 3 Senior project
  • 96 Total required credit hours for Bachelor of Science degree

Required courses in biological sciences

  • BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
  • BIO 201 Cell Biology
  • BIO 303 General Physiology
  • BIO 313 General Physiology Lab
  • BIO 305 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry
  • BIO 315 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry Lab
  • BIO 319 Genetics
  • BIO 329 Genetics Lab
  • BIO 400 Bioinformatics
  • BIO 519 Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, or BIO 608 Topics in Macromolecular Structure, or MCH 501 Drug Discovery Principles

Required courses in chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science

  • CHE 101 General Chemistry, CHE 102 General Chemistry
  • CHE 201 Organic Chemistry, CHE 202 Organic Chemistry
  • MTH 141 Calculus I, MTH 142 Calculus II
  • MTH 309 Introduction to Linear Algebra
  • MTH 411 Probability or STA 301 Introduction to Probability
  • PHY 107 General Physics I, PHY 108/158 (lab) General Physics II
  • CSE 115 Introduction to Computer Science, CSE 116 Introduction to Computer Science
  • CSE 191 or MTH 191 Discrete Mathematics
  • CSE 250 Algorithms and Data Structures

Additional requirements

  • Senior Project (BIO 498 Undergraduate Research)

Possible timetable for completion of the BS degree in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology for students entering fall 2016 and after.