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.
|CSSE 3540*||Database Systems||3 cr.|
|CSSE 4610*||Introduction to Data Mining||3 cr.|
|CSSE 4620||Introduction to Bioinformatics||3 cr.|
|BIO 1200||General Biology I||3 cr.|
|BIO 2700||Genetics||3 cr.|
|BIO 7400||Cellular and Molecular Biology||3 cr.|
* Students must also take CSSE 1710 Intro To Programming 1 (3 cr.) and CSSE 1711 Intro To Prog Lab I (1 cr.) which are prerequisites to CSSE 3540 and CSSE 4610. These also satisfy the university core curriculum computer skills requirement.