Bioinformatics, Bachelor of Science

Bioinformatics is an exciting and rapidly-growing field that uses techniques from the computer and information sciences to study biological information and structure. Specifically, it is the science of developing computer databases and algorithms to facilitate and expedite biological research, particularly in the area of genomics. Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary science, bringing together aspects of computer science, molecular biology, chemistry and mathematics. In order to capitalize on the growing body of genetic information, there is an immense and growing need for experts in this field. A graduate of the College of IS&T Bioinformatics program will have the background to pursue a wide variety of positions in the biomedical and biotechnology industries, graduate studies in bioinformatics or related areas, or medical school (with the addition of only a few courses).

Student Group

UNO’s Bioinformatics students, or those interested in bioinformatics, can join the Maverick Club for Bioinformatics (MCBI). http://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-information-science-and-technology/school-of-interdisciplinary-informatics/student-involvement/index.php

Writing in the Discipline

All UNO students are required to take a writing in the discipline course within their major. Bioinformatics degree students must take CIST 3000.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for a Bachelor of Science degree in Bioinformatics (BSBI). Thirty of the last 36 hours must be University of Nebraska at Omaha courses. Registering for courses without having taken the stated prerequisites could result in administrative withdrawal.

To obtain a BSBI, a student must fulfill the University, College and Departmental requirements. Some courses may satisfy requirements in more than one area, but credit is awarded only once, thereby reducing the total number of credit hours for the degree to 120. (This total does not include prerequisites.)

46 hours of University General Education courses (19 hours of which can be satisfied by courses also required by the degree in the areas below)27
24 hours of College of IS&T Core courses24
24 hours of Bioinformatics courses24
11 hours of Mathematics courses11
16 hours of Biology courses16
17 hours of Chemistry courses17
1 hour of an elective/prerequisite course1
Total Credits120
Elective/Prerequisite
Select one of the following:3-4
COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES
and COMPUTER SCIENCE PRIINCIPLES LABORATORY 1
INTRODUCTION TO WEB DEVELOPMENT
College of IS&T Core Courses for Bioinformatics Majors
CIST 1400INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE I3
CSCI 1620INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE II3
CIST 2500INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED STATISTICS FOR IS&T3
CIST 3110INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ETHICS 23
CSCI 3320DATA STRUCTURES3
CSCI 4830INTRODUCTION SOFTWARE ENGINEERING3
CSCI 4850DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS3
Select one of the following:3
GRAPH THEORY & APPLICATIONS
DATA WAREHOUSING AND DATA MINING
Mathematics Courses
MATH 1950CALCULUS I5
MATH 2030DISCRETE MATHEMATICS3
or CSCI 2030 MATHEMATICAL FOUNDATIONS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
ISQA 4150ADVANCED STATISTICAL METHODS FOR IS&T3
Bioinformatics Courses
BIOI 1000INTRODUCTION TO BIOINFORMATICS 33
BIOI 2000FOUNDATIONS OF BIOINFORMATICS3
BIOI 3000APPLIED BIOINFORMATICS3
BIOI 3500ADVANCED BIOINFORMATICS PROGRAMMING3
BIOI 4860BIOINFORMATICS ALGORITHMS3
BIOI 4870DATABASE SEARCH AND PATTERN DISCOVERY IN BIOINFORMATICS3
BIOI 4890COMPUTERIZED GENETIC SEQUENCE ANALYSIS3
BIOI 4970SENIOR PROJECT IN BIOINFORMATICS I1
BIOI 4980SENIOR PROJECT IN BIOINFORMATICS II2
Biology Courses
BIOL 1450BIOLOGY I 45
BIOL 2140GENETICS4
BIOL 3020MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF THE CELL3
BIOL 4130MOLECULAR GENETICS4
or BIOL 4140 CELLULAR BIOLOGY
Chemistry Courses 5
CHEM 1180
CHEM 1184
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
4
CHEM 1190
CHEM 1194
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY
4
CHEM 2210
CHEM 2214
FUNDAMENTALS OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
and FUNDAMENTALS OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
5
CHEM 3650
CHEM 3654
FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOCHEMISTRY
and FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY
4
Total Credits95-96
1

NOTE: CSCI 1200 and CSCI 1204 count toward the Natural and Physical Sciences requirement.

2

NOTE: CIST 3110 counts toward the Humanities requirement.

3

NOTE: BIOI 1000 counts toward the Natural and Physical Sciences requirement.

4

NOTE: BIOL 1450 counts toward the Natural and Physical Sciences requirement.

5

NOTE: Students pursuing the pre-med requirements for the Bioinformatics degree take CHEM 2250, CHEM 2260 and CHEM 2274 in place of CHEM 2210 and CHEM 2214. Pre-Med majors also take either CHEM 4610 Biochemistry of Metabolism or two semesters of Biochemistry and the accompanying labs (CHEM 4650, CHEM 4654, CHEM 4660, and CHEM 4664) in place of CHEM 3650 and CHEM 3654 to satisfy the chemistry requirements for the BIOI major.

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