Curriculum & Courses

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Science in bioinformatics. For an overview of a particular course, click on its title. Consult the Biology Course Descriptions, Computer Science Course Descriptions, or Mathematics Course Descriptions for a list of all biology courses, all chemistry courses, or all mathematics courses, respectively. For two possible breakdowns of the major by semester, see the Plans of Study, below.

Requirements   Credits 
 Biology  22
      BIO/BIOL 105. Biological Science I
      BIO/BIOL 106. Biological Science II
      BIO 291. Genetics
      BIO/BIOL 371. Biochemistry
      BIO/BIOL 466. Molecular Cell Biology
      BIO 494. Genomics
4
4
3
4
4
3
 Chemistry  12
      CHEM 101. General Chemistry I and CHML 101. General Chemistry I Lab
      CHEM 102. General Chemistry II and CHML 102. General Chemistry II Lab
      CHEM 301. Organic Chemistry I and CHML 301. Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
4
4
 Physics  8
      PHYS 103. General Physics I and PHYL 103. General Physics Lab I
      PHYS 104. General Physics II and PHYL 104. General Physics Lab II
4
4
 Mathematics  20
      MATH 151. Calculus I
      MATH 152. Calculus II 
      MATH 207. Discrete Mathematics I
      MATH 208. Discrete Mathematics II
      MATH 322. Mathematical Probability
      MATH 323. Mathematical Statistics
4
4
3
3
3
3
 Computer Science  11
      CS/CSL 131. Computer Science I
      CS/CSL 132. Computer Science II
      CS 333. Algorithms and Data Structures 
4
4
3
 BIF Electives (6-8 hours selected from the courses below)  6-8
      BIO/BIOL 321. General Microbiology
      BIO 390. Evolution
      CHEM 302. Organic Chemistry II, with or without the lab
      CHEM 401. Physical Chemistry I, with or without the lab
      CHEM 470. Mechanisms in Biological Systems
      CS 243. Database Management Systems
      CS 332. Theory of Computation
      MATH 241. Linear Algebra
      MATH 431. Numerical Analysis 
3
3
3-4
3-4
3
4
3
3
3
 Capstone Course  1
      BIF 401. Bioinformatics Seminar  1
 Foreign Language  3
      One course at the 202 level or above* 3
 General Education Requirements 37
    The General Education curriculum, a 37-hour program to help students appreciate a liberal arts education, includes required specific courses as well as selected courses from various distributions. For details, go to General Education Curriculum.
 Total  120

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.





Two Suggested 4-Year Plans of Study

Outlined below are two suggested plans of study, one for students who want a bioinformatics degree with an emphasis in biology, and one for those seeking a degree with an emphasis in math and computer science.

Plan of Study with a Biology Emphasis

The plan of study below emphasizes biology through the order in which courses are taken. (The biology and chemistry courses are taken somewhat earlier than in the plan of study with an empahasis on mathematics and computer science.) Further emphasis may be achieved by selecting the two bioinformatics electives from among the biology and/or chemistry offerings. Changes in the sequence of the following plan of study may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student’s academic adviser.

To see the title of a course in the plan of study, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see an overview of a course, click on its number.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
BIO/BIOL 105 4 BIO/BIOL 106 4
ENG 101 3 CHEM 102 & CHML 102 4
CHEM 101 & CHML 101
4 CS/CSL 132 4
CS/CSL 131
4 Foreign Language 202* 3
SBU 101 2 SBU 102 1
Total 17 Total 16
 
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
ENG 102 3 MATH 207 3
BIO 291
3 MATH 152 4
CHEM 301 & CHML 101
4 General Education Requirement
3
MATH 151
4 PHIL 104
3
Total 14 Total 13
 
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
BIO/BIOL 371 4 CS 333  3
MATH 208 3 BIO 494 3
PHYS 103 and PHYL 103 4 PHYS 104 and PHYL 104 4
General Education Requirement 3 General Education Requirements 6
Total 14 Total 16
 
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
MATH 322 3 MATH 323 3
Bioinformatics elective** 3 Bioinformatics elective** 3
General Education Requirements 
6 BIO 466
4
General Elective 3 BIF 401 1
    General Elective   4
Total 15 Total 15

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

** See Requirements table above for an explanation of bioinformatics electives.


Plan of Study with a Mathematics & Computer Science Emphasis

The plan of study below emphasizes mathematics and computer science through the order in which courses are taken. (The mathematics and computer science courses are taken somewhat earlier than in the plan of study with an emphasis on biology.) Further emphasis may be achieved by selecting the two bioinformatics electives from among the mathematics and/or computer science offerings. Changes in the sequence of the following plan of study may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student’s academic adviser.

To see the title of a course in the plan of study, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see an overview of a course, click on its number.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
MATH 151 4 MATH 207 3
ENG 101 3 CHEM 102 and CHML 102  4
CHEM 101 and CHML 101
4 CS/CSL 132  4
CS/CSL 131
4 Foreign Language 202* 3
SBU 101 2 SBU 102 1
Total 17 Total 15
 
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
BIO/BIOL 105 3 BIO 106  4
ENG 102
3 CS 333  4
CHEM 301 and CHML 301
4 PHIL 104
3
MATH 208
4 MATH 152 4
General Education Requirement 
3    
Total 17 Total 15
 
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
BIO 291  3 BIO 494  3
MATH 322  3 MATH 323  3
PHYS 103 and PHYL 103  4 PHYS 104 and PHYL 104  4
General Education Requirements 6 General Education Requirement 3
Total 16 Total 13
 
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
BIO 371  4 BIF 401  1
Bioinformatics elective**  3 BIO 466
3
General Education Requirements 
6 Bioinformatics Elective* 4


General Education Requirement 6
Total 13 Total 14

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

** See Requirements table above for an explanation of bioinformatics electives.