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

Coursework & Duration

Prerequisite courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits

CH 101/CH 102
or
CH 111/CH 112

General Chemistry I and II
or
Principles of Chemistry I and II
3 credits each
CH 103/CH 104
or
CH 113/CH 114
General Chemistry Laboratory I and II
or
Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I and II  
1 credit each
MA 107 and MA 110  Precalculus and General Calculus 
Note: MA 122 - Calculus I may be substituted for MA 110
3 credits each

CH 201/CH 202
or
CH 211/CH 212

Organic Chemistry I and II
or
Principles of Organic Chemistry I and II
3 credits each

CH 203/CH 204
or
CH 213/CH 214

Organic Chemistry Laboratory I and II
or
Principles of Organic Chemistry Laboratory I and II  
1 credit each

Required courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
BI 425 Bioinformatic Computing 3 credits
BI 450 Bioinformatics I 3 credits
CH 341
or
CH 346
Molecular Structure in Biochemistry
or
Biochemistry
3 credits each
CH 342
or
CH 343
Nucleic Acid Biochemistry
or
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

Notes:
CH 342 has CH 341 and BS 466 as prerequisites. CH 343 and BI 450 have CH 341 as prerequisites. BI 450 is a prerequisite for BI 425, BI 451, BI 465, and BI 475. 

Requirements & Expectations

Students must complete a minimum of 21 credits (18 credits of required courses and at least 3 credits of elective courses), 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.

Contact:

Voki Pophristic, PhD, Department Chair

Office Location:

Griffith Hall, Room 140A

Address:

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

Phone:

215-596-8551

Email:

v.pophri@usciences.edu