Curriculum

Our curriculum consists of 20 semester hours of core courses and 12 semester hours of electives. Our core courses provide foundational knowledge in bioinformatics computational methods, programming, and statistics. Our vast range of electives, allow the students the flexibility to build their knowledge in the biological and computer sciences, as well as specialize based on their interests. Generally, students take two years to complete the program.

Required Core (20 SH)

BIOL6308 Bioinformatics Computational Methods 1 (4 SH) – semester 1
BIOL6309 Bioinformatics Computational Methods 2 (4 SH) – semester 2
BIOL6200 Bioinformatics Programming (4 SH) – semester 3
MATH7340 Statistics for Bioinformatics (4 SH) – year 1
BIOL7385 Bioinformatics Seminar (2 SH) – take at least once
BIOL6381 Ethics in Biological Research (2 SH) – year 1

Electives (12 SH)

Students take a diverse array of graduate electives in biology, chemistry, math, and computer sciences depending on their background and strengths. Popular electives include: Molecular Modeling (CHEM5638); Database Management (CS5200); Molecular Cell Biology (BIOL6301); Biochemistry (BIOL6300); Web Development (CS5610)

The 3 – 6 month co-op internship (BIOL6964) is also required and can be started any time after the completion of 16 credits of graduate coursework.