Bioinformatics is a new and rapidly evolving discipline that has emerged from the fields of Molecular Biology and Computer Science. Bioinformatics is being used in many different areas such as molecular medicine, preventative medicine, gene therapy, drug development, waste cleanup, climate change, alternative energy sources, biotechnology, antibiotic resistance, forensic analysis of microbes, bio-weapon prevention, evolutionary studies, crop improvement, insect resistance, nutritional quality, and more.
The Minor in Bioinformatics consists of 6 classes equally balanced between Computer science and Biology. All the courses are taken from the current offering of Computer Science, and Biology. The required courses (18 credit hours) are given below.
* Note that students should take CSC 1710 Intro To Programming 1 to satisfy the university core curriculum computer skills requirement. (CSC 1710 is a prerequisite for CSC 3540 and CSC 4610).