The Bioinformatics Ph.D. degree program prepares students to become leading primary investigators in academia or bioinformatics professionals.
Students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics are eligible to apply for funding under the NIH T32 Training Grant.
Applicants are expected to have approximately 6 hours of undergraduate work in computer science and / or informatics, and 6 hours of biology, covering genetics, molecular biology and evolution.
Different entry points into the program are possible, depending on previous student coursework and / or work experience which may be considered as meeting some of the prerequisite requirements (as determined by the Academic Affairs Committee). Students may take all or some of the following prerequisite courses to make up any deficiencies:
Prerequisites for Entry Into the Bioinformatics Program
(undergraduate course or equivalent)
- Introductory Programming (or equivalent) - 3 s.h.
- Intermediate Programming / Algorhithms (or equivalent) - 3 s.h.
- Basic Biology - 6 s.h.
- Introductory Genetics - 3 s.h.
- Intro to Physics - 3 s.h.
- Calculus - 3 s.h.
- Statistics - 3 s.h.
Upon admission to the program, students lacking 6 hours of programming coursework are required to take 6 hours from the following courses:
- Introduction to Informatics - 3 s.h.
- Programming Languages and Tools - 3 s.h.
- Intro to Software Design - 3 s.h.
Please note: These courses do not count toward the degree program. A grade of B- or better is required.
Upon admission to the program, students lacking 6 hours of bioscience coursework are required to take 6 hours from the following courses:
- Foundations of Biology – 3 s.h.
- Genes, Genomes and Human Condition (graduate level) – 3 s.h.
- Fundamentals of Genetics – 3 s.h.
Please note: These courses do not count toward the degree program; a grade of B- or better is required.
The M.S. in Bioinformatics is a 1-2 year professional degree program that emphasizes the development of computational and informatics skills with an emphasis on genetics, genomics and related areas. It prepares students for a career in bioinformatics or admission to a Ph.D. Program.
Applicants are expected to, but not required, to have approximately 6 hours of undergraduate work in computer science and/or informatics, and 6 hours of biology, covering genetics, molecular biology and evolution.
***Please note that the pre-requisites (undergraduate course or equivalent in) for the M.S. degree are the same as the Ph.D. requirements.
Bioinformatics Graduate Certificate
The study of Bioinformatics in this certificate program, when combined with your Ph.D. program in a primary discipline (e.g., biological sciences, computer science, biomedical or electrical engineering, molecular and/or cellular biology, etc.) provides training and experience in this emerging interdisciplinary area. The Bioinformatics Certificate is also an integral component of a comprehensive and integrated training program that is supported by an NIH T32 Training Grant.
The Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics is built on a flexible curriculum and includes the study of core and elective courses in the biological sciences, informatics, and bioinformatics which augment the coursework in a primary disciplinary Ph.D. Degree Program. Depending on the anticipated variable backgrounds of students and department-specific Degree Requirements, the Certificate in Informatics with an emphasis in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology may require as few as 18 s.h. or as many as 24 s.h.
The bioinformatics certificate program provides competency in fundamental biological sciences as well as computing, math, and statistics that are essential in pursuing a career, academic or otherwise, that depends on bioinformatic and/or computational analyses of biological information.
Students entering this program come from many diverse areas of science with grounding in engineering, the physical sciences, mathematics, or the biological/life sciences. Independent of prior degree and specialization, it is essential that students pursuing the Certificate in Informatics with an emphasis in bioinformatics and computational biology have an appropriate background in mathematics and statistics.
Depending on the disciplinary orientation of the student, courses selected for the certificate should be made in consultation with the appropriate curricular committee. The core bioscience/informatics courses are those minimal set of bioscience/informatics courses that a student with a background in informatics/bioscience would need to be able to move forward in the field of bioinformatics.
Please note that plans of study for the informatics certificate may not completely substitute for coursework or examinations required within the requirements of the disciplinary degree program.