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 105. Biological Science I
      BIO 106. Biological Science II
      BIO 291. Genetics
      BIO 371. Biochemistry
      BIO 294. Genomics, with new laboratory
      BIO 466. Molecular Cell Biology
4
4
3
4
3
4
 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 131. Computer Science I
      CS 132. Computer Science II
      CS 333. Algorithms and Data Structures 
4
4
3
 Electives (two of the following)  6-8
      BIO 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
 Clare College (Core Curriculum at St. Bonaventure) 36
      CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
      CLAR 110. Composition and Critical Thinking I 
      CLAR 111. Composition and Critical Thinking II
      Core Area Courses:
           CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World
           CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
           CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts of the Western World
           CLAR 207. The Catholic-Franciscan Heritage
           CLAR 208. World Views
           CLAR 209. Art and Literature
           CLAR 302 & CLRL 302. Inquiry in the Natural World
           CLAR 304. The Good Life
      CLAR 401. The University Forum
3
3
3
 
3
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
2
 General Electives  0-1
 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.

† The Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit quantitative reasoning requirement. Bioinformatics majors satisfy this requirement by passing any of the courses listed in the above table under Mathematics.

Plan of Study with a Biology Emphasis
for a Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics

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 105 4 BIO 106 4
CLAR 110 3 CHEM 102 and CHML 102 4
CHEM 101 and CHML 101
4 CS 132 4
CS 131
4 Foreign Language 202* 3
CLAR 101 3
Total 15 Total 18
 
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
CLAR 111 3 Core Area Course (Clare) 3
BIO 291
3 CLAR 302 & CLRL 302 4
CHEM 301 and CHML 301
4 MATH 207
3
MATH 151
4 MATH 152
4
Total 14 Total 14
 
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
BIO 371 4 CS 333  3
MATH 208 3 BIO 294 3
PHYS 103 and PHYL 103 4 PHYS 104 and PHYL 104 4
Core Area Course (Clare) 3 Core Area Courses (Clare) 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
BIF 401
1 BIO 466
4
CLAR 401 2 Core Area Courses (Clare) 6
Core Area Course (Clare) 3
General elective 3
Total 15 Total 16

* 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.

** The two bioinformatics electives are chosen from BIO 321, BIO 390, CHEM 302 with or without the lab CHML 302, CHEM 401 with or without the lab CHML 401, CHEM 470, CS 243, CS 332, MATH 241, and MATH 431.

Plan of Study with a Mathematics & Computer Science Emphasis
for a Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics

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
CLAR 110 3 CHEM 102 and CHML 102  4
CHEM 101 and CHML 101
4 CS 132  4
CS 131
4 Foreign Language 202* 3
    CLAR 101  3
Total 15 Total 17
 
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
CLAR 111 3 BIO 106  4
BIO 105
4 CS 333  3
CHEM 301 and CHML 301
4 CLAR 302 & CLRL 302
4
MATH 208
3 MATH 152 4
Core Area Course (Clare)
3    
Total 17 Total 15
 
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
BIO 291  3 BIO 294  3
MATH 322  3 MATH 323  3
PHYS 103 and PHYL 103  4 PHYS 104 and PHYL 104  4
Core Area Courses (Clare) 6 Core Area Course (Clare) 3
Total 16 Total 13
 
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits
BIO 371  4 Bioinformatics elective**  3
Bioinformatics elective**  3 BIO 466
4
BIF 401
1 Core Area Courses (Clare) 6
CLAR 401  2

Core Area Course (Clare) 3    
General Elective 3    
Total 16 Total 13

* 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.

** The two bioinformatics electives are chosen from BIO 321, BIO 390, CHEM 302 with or without the lab CHML 302, CHEM 401 with or without the lab CHML 401, CHEM 470, CS 243, CS 332, MATH 241, and MATH 431.