Bioinformatics Minor

Bioinformatics is a new field of science that results from the application of information sciences to biology. Its goals are to facilitate data storage and retrieval, and the extraction of useful information from biological data.

Students wishing a minor in Bioinformatics must take at least 15 credits of the following courses, including at least one course from each of the following four groups. A single course cannot fulfill more than one group requirement. Courses used to satisfy requirements for the student’s major may be used to satisfy group requirements.

  • For a major requiring credits in a concentration (in addition to core courses) or requiring 12 related credits, only related or concentration credits can be counted towards the 15 credits required in the bioinformatics minor.
  • For a major that only stipulates an overall credit requirement, up to 12 credits could be used for the minor.

Group A: Bio-Computing / Computer Science

MCB 3421, 3602W, 3637, 5429, 5430; MCB 5472/EEB 5372; EEB 4100, 4230W, 5348, 5350; CSE 2102, 2300W, 3500, 3502, 3800 (BME 4800), 3810 (BME 3810), 4102, 4701

Group B: Data Banks / Statistics

STAT 2215Q, 3025Q, 3375Q and 3445 (Note: both courses must be taken to satisfy this group requirement); CSE 4701

Group C: Protein Structure / Biochemistry

MCB 2000, 3010, 3421, 4009, 5011; PNB 6420

Group D: Genetics

MCB 2400 or 2410, 3201, 3412, 3413, 3602W3617, 3637, 5429; EEB 5300, 5348

MCB 3895, 3899, 4896, 4989; EEB 3899, 5895; PNB 3299CSE 4095 and 4099 can be counted towards the 15 credit requirement, if approved by a member of the bioinformatics oversight committee.

The minor is offered jointly by the School of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For the Bioinformatics minor, contact Dr. Ion Mandoiu or Dr. J. Peter Gogarten.

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