Bioinformatics Minor Curriculum

Bioinformatics is the rapidly-developing field that applies computational methods to address biological questions, and includes new advances in computer science, mathematics, and biology. Students entering the field of bioinformatics should have some training in each of these fields.

The minor is designed for students pursuing a B.S. who would have the necessary prerequisites for the required courses. Students pursuing a B.A. may participate if the prerequisites for the required courses are fulfilled. Each department (biological sciences, computer science, mathematics) will designate a minor advisor. The student’s minor advisor will be chosen from outside of their major area of study.

Required courses (in approximate recommended order):

BIO SCI 1113General Biology3
Introduction To C++ Programming
and Introduction To Programming Laboratory
Data Structures
and Data Structures Laboratory
BIO SCI 2213Cell Biology3
or BIO SCI 2223 General Genetics
COMP SCI 2300File Structures and Introduction to Database Systems3
BIO SCI 4323Molecular Genetics3
One additional course, either at the 2000-level or above in MATH or COMP SCI, or at the 3000-level or above in BIO SCI, outside of the major area of study, and as agreed upon by the minor advisor.3+
BIO SCI 5323/​COMP SCI 5700Bioinformatics (It is strongly recommended that this course be taken after the other BIO SCI and COMP SCI requirements.)3
STAT 3425Introduction to Biostatistics4
or STAT 5346 Regression Analysis
or STAT 5353 Statistical Data Analysis