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Bioinformatics Minor

A minor in bioinformatics could have a significant benefit if you wish to major in a discipline other than bioinformatics but want to have documented achievement in this exciting, cutting-edge area. Students majoring in biological science, biochemistry, computer science, health science, medical technology, pharmacology, and pharmacy would benefit from a minor program in bioinformatics.

Students must complete a minimum of 18 credits, of which at least 12 credits must be in addition to any courses (required courses or program electives) included in the major curriculum.

Interested students should apply to the minor program early in their academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work, but no later than the end of the drop/add period of the first semester of their last year of didactic work.

Required courses:

  • BI 290 Molecular Biology (Credits: 3)
    (See note below)
  • BI 425 Bioinformatic Computing (Credits: 3)
  • BI 450 Bioinformatics I (Credits: 3)
  • CS 201 Computer Programming I (Credits: 3)
  • ST 310 Introduction to Biostatistics (Credits: 3)

Elective courses (3 or more credits):

  • BI 385 Microbial Genomics (Credits: 3)
  • BI 395 Independent Study in Bioinformatics (Credits: 1-3)
  • BI 451 Bioinformatics II (Credits: 3)
  • BI 465 Microarray Technology (Credits: 4)
  • BI 475 Proteomics (Credits: 3)
  • BI 495 Directed Research in Bioinformatics (Credits: 1-3)


  • Students may substitute biochemistry courses CH 347/CH 348 or CH 341 and either CH 342 or CH 343 for the BI 290 Molecular Biology requirement.
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