Rochester Institute of Technology

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Bioinformatics BS

Program Overview

Students in the Bioinformatics program develop the skills necessary for analyzing the data being generated by Next Generation Sequencing, proteomics, metabolomics, and other current technologies. Students develop their understanding of biology and molecular genetics, as well as statistics and computer science, giving them many career options. B.S., M.S., 4+1 B.S./M.S., and molecular laboratory focused option programs are available.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Science
  • 4+1 B.S./M.S.


  • Approximately 27undergraduate and 12graduate students

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Each undergraduate student is required to complete at least one semester of co-op. Students are typically eligible to pursue co-op after their 2nd year courses.

Salary Information

BS Co-op:               $15.33                        $10.00 - $24 .00             
MS Co-op:              ID
BS Full-time:          ID        
MS Full-time:        $59,500

Student Skills & Capabilities

Beginning in their first year of study, students attain a combined skillset in the biotechnology laboratory and in computer programming fundamentals.
While taking upper level courses, students develop a range of laboratory skills that is nearly equivalent to that attained by students in our Biotechnology program. Additionally, Bioinformatics students gain considerable experience applying common bioinformatics software tools and have a deep understanding of the algorithms underlying those tools. Students strive to hone their quantitative and analytical abilities.

Equipment & Facilities

The Bioinformatics program maintains a server room with systems dedicated to and accessible by students for coursework and research projects. We frequently update our hardware, software, and other resources. Our systems include a combination of storage and database servers. Additionally, we maintain local copies of common bioinformatics databases and software to ensure that our students have access to the latest versions.
This program also maintains a common area for students to share and support their research activities with peers and faculty advisers, and to help each other with courses. In addition to this, RIT also has a centralized Research Computing center. They offer access to multi-core clusters, a large memory SMP (Symmetric Multi-Processor) server, and Condor pool. Research Computing also maintains collaborations with large grids shared across institutions and provides training seminars in high performance computing.

Training / Qualifications

Within the bioinformatics field employers tend to look for the following skills and strengths: fundamental training/knowledge in molecular biology, biochemistry and biotechnology, genomics, relational database administration, and programming skills using SQL, PERL, C,C++, and Python, among others on a UNIX operating system. They must have strong analytical abilities using relevant mathematical/statistical tools, a strong interest in applying computational skills to leverage the data outcomes of those working in the laboratory, be meticulous, and able to work independently.

Job Titles

Analyst/Programmer Sr, Associate Systems Analyst, Bioinformaticist, Bioinformatics Analyst, Bioinformatics Engineer, Developer, Computational Biologist, Research Technician, Software Engineer

Significant Points

  • The bioinformatics program is the only program in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences that require a co-op.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Asuragen, Inc, Biopetrol, BlueCrest Capital Management, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Illumina, Maine Medical Center, MJV Technology and Innovation, Newport Labs, Personal Genome Diagnostic, Rogers Sciences, Tableau Software, University of Rochester Genomics Core, University of Rochester Medical Center

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career. We will make every effort to help you succeed. Call our office and ask to speak with Kris Stehler, the career services coordinator who works with the Bioinformatics program. For your convenience, you can access information and services through our web site at

Kris Stehler, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.5468
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603
Wednesday, 08 August 2018 Posted in Science, Mathematics, and Imaging Science, College of Science