Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is a discipline that applies Computer Science as a tool to solve biological problems.  The degree has been developed in collaboration between Computer Scientists and Biologists.  Mathematics course work is also represented, as an understanding of statistics is necessary when working as a bioinformatics scientist.  This is truly a unique and interdisciplinary degree.   This degree is designed as a gateway for students who will pursue graduate programs (MS and PhD) in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.  Students will also have the training to enter the work force as system analysts working with large data sets in a hospital and research settings in areas such as epigenetics and gene-pharmaceutical interactions.  Our faculty do bioinformatics research with a focus on image processing (MRI and histology images) and genetic databases (for example, looking for genes that make a crop more drought tolerant or studying genes associated with behavior/neural processing).