Dec 05, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Bioinformatics, BS


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Mission Statement

Bioinformatics is a multidisciplinary field that links biology, computer science, chemistry, and mathematics to forge important advances in the biomedical field. The Bioinformatics program will train graduates with a comprehensive skill set in applied science for future STEM careers. This training will enable students to communicate fluently with experts across these disciplines and have the skills necessary to apply computing tools to address contemporary biology and medicine problems. The Bioinformatics Program will enhance undergraduate’s professional opportunities to pursue careers in academia, national labs, pharmaceutical, medical, or biotechnology sectors.

Program Goals 

  1. To provide education in the various Bioinformatics fields that will produce graduates capable of effectively participating in the workforce in the bioinformatics field.
  2. Provide a broad knowledge of the structure and function of macromolecules and higher-order structures in biological systems
  3. Understand and apply experimental and computational tools to model the structure and function of macromolecules
  4. Identify the role of bioinformatics in biotechnology, medicine, and pharmaceutical development, while recognizing the ethical implications of bioinformatics on society.
  5. To provide education that will prepare students to seek advanced graduate learning or certification in Bioinformatics or related fields.

Program Requirements:

To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Bioinformatics, students must complete a total of 120 credit hours, including 29 credit hours in core biology courses, 20 credit hours in chemistry courses, 18 credit hours in selected Mathematics and 15 credit hours in selected Computer Sciences. Additionally, students complete 11 credits of core electives, along with 32 credits of general education requirements. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all required biology, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science courses as outlined below.

Core Electives:


Bioinformatics program students will complete 11 credits of advanced electives in courses offered in BIOL, CHEM, or COSC.  At least 8 of these credits must be earned from 400 level courses.

General Education And Institutional Requirements


See the full list of University General Education and Institutional Requirements 

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)(Satisfied through Major)


  • ____ ____ Science Electives 

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


Freshman Year


Sophomore Year


Junior Year


Senior


First Semester


Total: 15

Second Semester


  •  Arts and Humanities Elective  3 Credits
  • Social Sciences Elective 3 Credits
  • BIOL/COSC/CHEM Elective (400 level) 4 Credits
  • BIOL/COSC/CHEM Elective (400 level) 4 Credits
Total: 14

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