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Bioinformatics BS

http://www.bioinformatics.rit.edu/

Program overview

Bioinformatics represents the marriage of biotechnology and the computing sciences. Bioinformaticists use computers to analyze, organize, and visualize biological data in ways that increase the understanding of this data and lead to new discoveries. Students are well-qualified for many rewarding careers, including those in bioinformatics software development, biomedical research, biotechnology, comparative genomics, genomics, molecular imaging, pharmaceutical research and development, proteomics, and vaccine development.

The bioinformatics major was developed by faculty in the departments of biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and statistics, and information technology, with the guidance from leaders in the bioinformatics and biotechnology industries. The major meets the needs of prospective employers in this challenging and rapidly changing field.

Cooperative education

The major requires the completion of one cooperative education experience, where students participate in applied bioinformatics, using current technologies to gain a practical perspective. More than 65 organizations in industry, government, and academia employ our students in full-time paid positions. Co-op positions may be completed during the summer and/or the academic year. No tuition is charged for co-op participation. If a student elects to pursue co-op during the academic year, they may need to extend the date of graduation beyond the traditional four years.

Bioinformatics, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
BIOL-121  Introductory Biology I 4
BIOL-130 Introduction to Bioinformatics 3
CSCI-141 Introduction to Computer Problem Solving 4
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
BIOL-122 Introductory Biology II 4
CSCI-142 Computer Problem Solving with Software Structures 4
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
MATH-161 LAS Perspective 7A: Applied Calculus 4
  YearOne 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
BIOL-201 Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
  LAS Perspective 1, 2, 3 9
MATH-190 LAS Perspective 7B: Discrete Math 3
CHMG-141 LAS Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry I 3
CHMG-145 LAS Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab 1
CSCI-243 The Mechanics of Programming 3
BIOL-321 Genetics 3
STAT-145 Introduction to Statistics I 3
CHMG-142 LAS Perspective 6: General and Analytical Chemistry II 3
CHMG-146 LAS Perspective 6: General and Analytical Chemistry II Lab 1
Third Year
CSCI-251 Concepts of Parallel and Distributed Systems 3
  LAS Perspective 4 3
BIOL-330 Bioinformatics 3
CHMO-231 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHMO-235 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
ISTE-230 Introduction to Database and Data Modeling 3
BIOL-450 Genetic Engineering (WI) 5
BIOL-230 Bioinformatics Languages 3
  LAS Immersion 1 3
  Free Elective 3
BIOL-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fourth Year
BIOL-425  Ethics in Bioinformatics 3
CHMB-402 Biochemistry I 3
BIOL-340 Genomics 3
STAT-295 Statistical Analysis for Bioinformatics 3
BIOL-430 Bioinformatics Resources 3
BIOL-494 Molecular Modeling and Proteomics 3
CHMB-403 Biochemistry II 3
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  Free Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 122

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.
† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2014-15 academic year.

Accelerated dual degree option

The BS program may be combined with the MS program in bioinformatics, allowing undergraduate students to acquire both degrees in as few as five years. Undergraduate students with a minimum overall GPA of 3.2 may apply to the bioinformatics committee for entry before the completion of their third year of study. Students in the dual degree option are required to take graduate-level courses during their fourth year and complete an approved master's thesis during their final year of study.

Bioinformatics, BS/MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
BIOL-121 Introductory Biology I 4
BIOL-130 Introduction to Bioinformatics 3
CSCI-141 Introduction to Computer Problem Solving 4
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
BIOL-122 Introduction to Biology II 4
CSCI-141 Computer Problem Solving with Software Structures 4
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
MATH-161 Applied Calculus 4
  YearOne 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
BIOL-201 Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
  LAS Perspective 1 3
MATH-190 Discrete Math 3
CHMG-141 General and Analytical Chemistry I 3
CHMG-145 General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab 1
CSCI-243 The Mechanics of Programming 3
BIOL-321 Genetics 3
  LAS Perspective 2 3
STAT-145 Introduction to Statistics I 3
CHMG-142 General and Analytical Chemistry II 3
CHMG-146 General and Analytical Chemistry II Lab 1
  Program Elective 3
Third Year
CSCI-251 Concepts of Parallel and Distribution Systems 3
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
BIOL-330 Bioinformatics 3
CHMO-231 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHMO-232 Organic Chemistry Lab 1 1
ISTE-230 Introduction to Databases and DM 3
BIOL-450 Genetic Engineering (WI) 5
  LAS Immersion 1 3
BIOL-230 Bioinformatics Languages 3
  Program Elective 3
Fourth Year
  Free Electives 6
CHMB-402 Biochemistry I 3
BIOL-340 Genomics 3
STAT-195 Statistical Analysis for Bioinformatics 3
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
BIOL-794 Graduate Molecular Modeling and Proteomics 3
CHMG-403 Biochemistry II 3
Fifth Year
BIOL-725 Graduate Ethics in Bioinformatics 3
BIOL-635 Bioinformatics Seminar 3
BIOL-730 Graduate Bioinformatics Resources 3
MATH-695 Statistical Models for Bioinformatics 3
  Graduate Electives‡ 9
BIOL-790 Thesis 9
Total Semester Credit Hours 152

Please see New General Education Curriculum-Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) in the Graduation Requirements section of this bulletin for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.
† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2014-15 academic year.

‡ Graduate electives may be any graduate-level course related to the field of bioinformatics. Consult academic advisers for assistance in course selection.

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

Bioinformatics represents the marriage of biotechnology and the computing sciences. Bioinformaticists use computers to analyze, organize, and visualize biological data in ways that increase our understanding of this data and lead to new discoveries. Graduates are well-qualified for many rewarding careers, including those in bioinformatics software development, biomedical research, biotechnology, comparative genomics, genomics, molecular imaging, pharmaceutical research and development, proteomics, and vaccine development.

The bioinformatics program was developed by faculty in the departments of biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and statistics, and information technology, with the guidance of individuals in the bioinformatics and biotechnology industries. The program meets the needs of prospective employers in this challenging and rapidly changing field.

Cooperative education

The program requires the completion of one cooperative education experience, where students participate in applied bioinformatics, using current technologies to gain a practical perspective. More than 65 organizations in industry, government, and academia employ our students in full-time paid positions. Co-op positions can be completed during the summer and/or the academic year. No tuition is charged for co-op participation. If a student elects to pursue co-op during the academic year, they may need to extend the date of graduation beyond the traditional four years.

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Bioinformatics, BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
1001-200 Freshman Symposium 1
1001-251, 252, 253 Introduction to Biology I, II, III 12
1001-265 Unix Under the Hood 2
1001-260 Introduction to Bioinformatics 2
4003-241 Problem-Based Introduction to Computer Science 4
4003-242 Data Structure Problem Solving 4
1016-281, 282 Calculus I, II 8
  Liberal Arts* 12
1105-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
1001-311 Cell Biology 4
1001-350 Molecular Biology 4
1001-493 Bioinformatics 4
4003-243 Object-Oriented Programming 4
1011-215, 216 General and Analytical Chemistry I, II 7
1011-205, 206 Chemical Principles Lab I, II 2
1016-265, 366 Discrete Math I, II 8
1016-319 Data Analysis 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
Third and Fourth Years
1001-404 Introduction to Microbiology 4
4002-462 Introduction to Bioinformatics Computing 4
1001-450 Genetic Engineering 5
1001-421 Genetics 4
1001-492 Genomics 4
1001-494 Molecular Modeling and Proteomics 4
4002-563 Functional and Translational Bioinformatics 4
4003-531 Parallel Computing I 4
1009-502 Biochemistry: Conformation and Dynamics 3
1013-231 Organic Chemistry I 3
1013-235 Organic Chemistry Lab I 1
1009-503 Biochemistry: Metabolism 3
4002-360 Introduction to Databases and Data Modeling 4
4003-334 Computer Science IV 4
1016-415 Statistical Analysis for Bioinformatics 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
  University-wide Electives 18
1001-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Total Quarter Credit Hours 182

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

Bioinformatics, BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
BIOL-121  Introductory Biology I 4
BIOL-130 Introduction to Bioinformatics 3
CSCI-141 Introdution to Computer Problem Solving 4
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar 3
BIOL-122 Introductory Biology II 4
CSCI-142 Computer Problem Solving with Software Structures 4
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
MATH-161 LAS Perspective 7A: Applied Calculus 4
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
BIOL-201 Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
  LAS Perspective 1, 2, 3 9
MATH-190 LAS Perspective 7B: Discrete Math 3
CHMG-141 LAS Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry I 3
CHMG-145 LAS Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab 1
CSCI-243 The Mechanics of Programming 3
BIOL-321 Genetics 3
STAT-145 Introduction to Statistics I 3
CHMG-142 LAS Perspective 6: General and Analytical Chemistry II 3
CHMG-146 LAS Perspective 6: General and Analytical Chemistry II Lab 1
Third Year
CSCI-251 Concepts of Parallel and Distributed Systems 3
  LAS Perspective 4 3
BIOL-330 Bioinformatics 3
CHMO-231 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHMO-235 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
ISTE-230 Introduction to Database and Data Modeling 3
BIOL-450 Genetic Engineering (WI) 5
BIOL-230 Bioinformatics Languages 3
  LAS Immersion 1 3
  Free Elective 3
BIOL-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fourth Year
BIOL-425  Ethics in Bioinformatics 3
CHMB-402 Biochemistry I 3
BIOL-340 Genomics 3
STAT-295 Statistical Analysis for Bioinformatics 3
BIOL-430 Bioinformatics Resources 3
BIOL-494 Molecular Modeling and Proteomics 3
CHMB-403 Biochemistry II 3
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  Free Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 122

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

Accelerated dual degree option

The BS program may be combined with the MS program in bioinformatics, allowing undergraduate students to acquire both degrees in as few as five years. Undergraduate students with a minimum overall GPA of 3.2 may apply to the bioinformatics committee for entry before the completion of their third year of study. Students in the combined option are required to take graduate-level courses during their fourth year and complete an approved MS thesis during their final year of study.

Bioinformatics, BS/MS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
1001-200 Freshman Symposium 1
1001-251, 252, 253 Introduction to Biology I, II, III 12
1001-265 Unix Under the Hood 2
1001-260 Introduction to Bioinformatics 2
4003-241 Problem-Based Introduction to Computer Science 4
4003-242 Data Structure Problem Solving 4
1016-281, 282 Calculus I, II 8
  Liberal Arts* 16
1105-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
1001-311 Cell Biology 4
1001-350 Molecular Biology 4
1001-493 Bioinformatics 4
4003-243 Object-Oriented Programming 4
1011-215, 216 General and Analytical Chemistry I, II 7
1011-205, 206 Chemical Principles Lab I, II 2
1016-265, 366 Discrete Math I, II 8
1016-319 Data Analysis 4
  Liberal Arts* 8
  University-wide Elective 4
Third Year
1001-404 Introduction to Microbiology 4
4002-462 Introduction to Bioinformatics Computing 4
1001-450 Genetic Engineering 5
4002-563 Functional and Translational Bioinformatics 4
4002-360 Introduction to Databases and Data Modeling 4
1013-231 Organic Chemistry I 3
1013-235 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
1016-415 Statistical Analysis for Bioinformatics 4
4003-334 Computer Science 4 4
  Liberal Arts* 8
  University-wide Electives 8
1001-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fourth Year
1001-421 Genetics 4
1001-492 Genomics 4
1001-725 Ethics in Bioinformatics 3
1001-494 Molecular Modeling and Proteomics 4
4005-735 Parallel Computing I 4
1009-702, 703, 704 Biochemistry I, II, III 9
  Liberal Arts* 4
  University-wide Electives 8
Fifth Year
Choose one of the following: 2
   1001-759    Advanced Database Topics  
   1001-722    Bioinformatics Seminar  
1001-890 Thesis 10
  Graduate Electives‡ 22
Total Quarter Credit Hours 223

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡ Graduate electives may be comprised of any graduate-level course in biological sciences, chemistry, mathematics and statistics, computer science, information technology, or business. These courses provide flexibility so that students can pursue a course of study consistent with their personal interests and professional goals.

Bioinformatics, BS/MS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
BIOL-121 Introductory Biology I 4
BIOL-130 Introduction to Bioinformatics 3
CSCI-141 Introdution to Computer Problem Solving 4
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar 3
BIOL-122 Introduction to Biology II 4
CSCI-141 Computer Problem Solving with Software Structures 4
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
MATH-161 Applied Calculus 4
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
BIOL-201 Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
  LAS Perspective 1 3
MATH-190 Discrete Math 3
CHMG-141 General and Analytical Chemistry I 3
CHMG-145 General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab 1
CSCI-243 The Mechanics of Programming 3
BIOL-321 Genetics 3
  LAS Perspective 2 3
STAT-145 Introduction to Statistics I 3
CHMG-142 General and Analytical Chemistry II 3
CHMG-146 General and Analytical Chemistry II Lab 1
  Program Elective 3
Third Year
CSCI-251 Concepts of Parallel and Distribution Systems 3
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
BIOL-330 Bioinformatics 3
CHMO-231 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHMO-232 Organic Chemistry Lab 1 1
ISTE-230 Introduction to Databases and DM 3
BIOL-450 Genetic Engineering (WI) 5
  LAS Immersion 1 3
BIOL-230 Bioinformatics Languages 3
  Program Elective 3
Fourth Year
  Free Electives 6
CHMB-402 Biochemistry I 3
BIOL-340 Genomics 3
STAT-195 Statistical Analysis for Bioinformatics 3
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
BIOL-794 Graduate Molecular Modeling and Proteomics 3
CHMG-403 Biochemistry II 3
Fifth Year
BIOL-725 Graduate Ethics in Bioinformatics 3
BIOL-635 Bioinformatics Seminar 3
BIOL-730 Graduate Bioinformatics Resources 3
MATH-695 Statistical Models for Bioinformatics 3
  Graduate Electives* 9
BIOL-790 Thesis 9
Total Semester Credit Hours 122

Please see New General Education Curriculum-Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) in the Graduation Requirements section of this bulletin for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

† Gradaute electives may be any graduate-level course related to the field of bioinformtics. Consult adademic advisers for assistance in course selection.