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 laboratory science, pharmacology, and pharmacy would benefit from a minor program in bioinformatics.

Coursework & Duration

Required courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
BI 425 Bioinformatic Computing 3 credits
BI 450 Bioinformatics I 3 credits
CH 341 Molecular Structure in Biochemistry 3 credits
CH 342
CH 343
Nucleic Acid Biochemistry
Intermediary Metabolic Biochemistry
3 credits each 
CS 201 Computer Programming I 3 credits
ST 310 Introduction to Biostatistics 3 credits

Elective courses (3 or more credits):

Course Number Course Name Credits
BI 395 Independent Study in Bioinformatics 1-3 credits
BI 451 Bioinformatics II 3 credits
BI 465 Microarray Technology 4 credits
BI 475 Proteomics 3 credits
BI 495 Directed Research in Bioinformatics 1-3 credits

Requirements & Expectations

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.


Voki Pophristic, PhD, Department Chair

Office Location:

Griffith Hall, Room 140A


University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495