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Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics

Students who are interested in both biology and computer science may consider the study of bioinformatics.

Bioinformaticians develop ways to gather and analyze data for biology research and other purposes. Advances in biology are often impeded by the glut of ever-expanding datasets and by a lack of dedicated software and algorithms, requiring skilled biologists capable of handling massive amounts of information, performing in-depth statistical analyses, and programming. Bioinformaticians do all of these things.

Bioinformatics at Illinois Tech in Chicago includes a strong biology core plus computer science, mathematics and physics. It is more scientifically rigorous, particularly in the physical sciences, compared to other programs. It also provides students with high-demand technology skills.

There are two tracks:

  • Applied Bioinformatics has more required and elective courses in computer science (e.g., information retrieval, object-oriented design and programming, operating systems, etc.) and math.
  • Computational Biology has more required and elective courses in biology (e.g., human anatomy, animal physiology, concepts of cancer biology, etc.).

The two tracks share a common core for the first two years. After that, students will select the track that best fits their career interests. 

Program Requirements 

REQUIRED COURSES
Number Title Credits
BIOLOGY
BIOL 100 Introduction to the Profession 2
BIOL 104 Linux/Perl Programming 3
BIOL 107 General Biology 3
BIOL 115 Human Biology 3
BIOL 210 Microbiology 3
BIOL 214 Genetics 3
BIOL 225 Microbiology Laboratory 2
BIOL 310 Genomes, Transcriptomes, and Proteomes 3
BIOL 403 Biochemistry 4
BIOL 451 Biological Literature 2
BIOL 495 Biology Colloquium 1
Also required for Computational Biology
BIOL 445 Cell Biology 3
BIOL 446 Cell Biology Laboratory 3
CHEMISTRY
CHEM 124 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CHEM 125 Principles of Chemistry II 4
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry I 4
PHYSICS
PHYS 123 General Physics I 4
PHYS 221 General Physics II 4
PHYS 224 General Physics III 3
MATHEMATICS
MATH 151 Calculus I 4
MATH 152 Calculus II 4
MATH 251 Multivariate & Vector Calculus 4
MATH 475 Probability 3
MATH 476 Statistics 3
Also required for Computational Biology
MATH 252 Introduction to Differential Equations 4
Also required for Applied Bioinformatics
MATH 332 Elementary Linear Algebra 3
COMPUTER SCIENCE
CS 105 Introduction to Computer Programming 2
CS 115 Object-oriented Programming I 2
CS 116 Object-oriented Programming II 2
CS 330
-or-
MATH 230
Discrete Structures
-or-
Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
3
-or-
3
CS 331 Data Structures & Algorithms 2
Also required for Applied Bioinformatics
CS 422 Data Mining 3
CS 425 Database Organization 3
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
  Technical Electives 9
  Interprofessional Projects 6
  Humanities & Social Sciences  21
TOTAL HOURS   129/130

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