Requirements for the B. S. Degree in BIOINFORMATICS in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
The Bioinformatics major offers a rigorous, interdisciplinary training in the new and rapidly evolving field of bioinformatics with a strong focus on chemistry and biochemistry. Bioinformatics is the field of advanced computational and experimental methods that model the flow of information (genetic, metabolic, and regulatory) in living systems to provide an integrated understanding of the systems properties of model organisms. This is a new and rapidly evolving field in which large volumes of both qualitative and quantitative data will accrue at an increasing pace, and the bioinformatician must have a substantial mastery of both the sciences and engineering. This interdisciplinary specialization will be offered jointly with computer science and engineering, bioengineering, and biological sciences, each with its own set of requirements and electives. The program offered by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is aimed at a student interested in applying and developing tools of bioinformatics for the study of chemical processes in biological systems.
We recommend all students meet with an advisor from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry prior to officially declaring this major.
The department recommends that students complete an introductory C programming course before taking CSE 11 and CSE 12, either in their first year or during the summer between their first and second years.
The bioinformatics series comprising the following courses:11. Molecular sequence analysis (BIMM 181 or CSE 181 or BENG 181)
(Talk to your college for planning general education courses)
Many courses have enforced prerequisites or are offered once per year.
|CHEM 6A||CHEM 6B||CHEM 6C|
|MATH 20A||MATH 20B||CHEM 7L
||CHEM 140A||CHEM 109**|
|PHYS 2A||PHYS 2B||CSE 21/MATH 15B
||BIMM 181/BENG 181/CSE 181
|CSE 100/MATH 176**
||CSE 101/MATH 188
|CHEM 182/BIMM 182/BENG 182/CSE 182
||CHEM 108**||BIMM 185
|CHEM 183||CHEM 127**
|CHEM 184/BIMM 184/BENG 184/CSE 184
* Best time to study abroad. Education Abroad Program deadlines for upcoming year vary by country. See EAP website. See the Chemistry & Biochemistry Undergraduate Advisor for assistance in planning to study abroad.
** Certain prerequisite courses are waived for the bioinformatics majors. See the departmental advisor for more