Aug 13, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Bioinformatics, BS

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Program Description

Bowie State University’s B.S. degree in Bioinformatics offers a multidisciplinary deductive view of Biology. Combining Experimental Biology, Mathematical Modeling of Biology from Molecule to system, and use of Information Technologies to develop or apply large data structures, Bioinformatics is rapidly developing into an applied science leading to solutions for problems which have been resistant to experimental methods.

The Bioinformatics curriculum is an intensive 4 year Honors program that will enable the graduate to pursue a career in these technologies or provide a strong framework for continuation to post-baccalaureate education.

Program objectives:

This program is designed to provide opportunities to the students to attain advanced knowledge in the application of computational and mathematical methods for the study of biomacromolecular systems. The specific objectives are:

  1. to provide students with a broad knowledge of the structure and function of macromolecules in biological systems
  2. to develop students ability to understand and competently use the mathematical and computational tools which have been developed to understand and model the biology of macromolecules
  3. to develop advanced educational skills to meet the demands of the biotechnology industry
  4. to prepare students for, and foster an interest, in a post- baccalaureate education in the biology of macromolecules, biotechnology and bioinformatics

Program Requirements:

  1. Completion of Institutional General Education requirements as outlined in undergraduate catalog
  2. Completion of requirements for a Bachelors degree in Bioinformatics with a letter grade of C or above.

Core Electives:

Core electives are to be selected from the courses listed below. The student must include at least on Biology elective, one Chemistry elective and one Math elective plus two electives from any 400 level STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) course.

General Education And Institutional Requirements

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Institutional Requirements (6 semester hours)

English Composition (6 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours from 2 different disciplines)

  • ____ Arts and Humanities Electives 6 Credits

Sciences (7-8 semester hours)

____ ___ Science Electives 7-8 Credits

Mathematics (4 semester hours)

Social Sciences (6 semester hours from 2 different disciplines)

Technology Issues (4 semester hours)

Free General Education Electives (9 semester hours)

9 Chosen based on departmental advisement. Students are encouraged to take SUMMER courses and attend MINI-SEMESTER in order to have a manageable semester load. Note: The Department reserves the right to specify suitable general education courses, in keeping with COMAR, for its majors.

Bioinformatics Sample Curriculum


First Semester

Total: 17

Total: 17


Junior Year


First Semester

Total: 12

Second Semester

  •  BIOL Elective (300 level) 4 Credits
  • CHEM Elective (400 level) 3 Credits
  • BIOL/COSC/MATH Elective (400 level) 4 Credits
Total: 14

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