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.

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Rochester Institute of Technology College of Science

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 Jobs come with several different areas of focus, which are less strictly hierarchical than bioscience discovery researchjobs. The analyst/programmer job provides more focused computational analysis support. Analyst/programmers design and develop software, databases and interfaces used to analyze and manipulate genomic databases. They collaborate with production to develop high-throughput data processing and analysis capability and to design and implement data queries, novel algorithms, and/or visualization techniques. Analyst/programmers also maintain large-sacale DNA databases, prepare data for other scientists, monitor new data from integrating sequence-based/ functional knowledge about genes to help scientists analyze and interpret gene-expression data. They also analyze DNA information and identify opportunities for innovative solutions to analyze and manage biological data. In addition, they often assist in developing software and custom scripts to automate data retrieval, manipulation, and analysis; application of statistics; and visualization tools. 

(Source: Vault Career Guide to Biotech; The Jobs in Lab Research)

Within the bioinformatics field employers tend to look for the following skills/strengths: fundamental training/knowledge in molecular biology, biochemistry and biotechnology, particularly, genomics, relational database administration and programming skills/e.g. using SQL, PERL, C,C++, etc. on a UNIX operating system, strong analytical abilities using relevant mathematical/statistical tools, a strong interest in utilizing computational skills to leverage the data outcomes of those working in the laboratory, Meticulous, independent, patient to do the same task repetitively and multitask.


Some bioinformatics professionals believe this field will continue to be insulated from all but major economic shocks, for several reasons. It is still a relatively new field and there are not enough qualified people to fill the need. Also, companies and academic centers continue to realize additional needs for such persons and thus create more new positions, particularly for MS and PhD graduates. On the other hand, in the past few years, the number of related academic programs (and job-seeking graduates) has increased significantly, while the rate of increase in new jobs has somewhat declined. There has also been a recent shift towards increasing academic jobs and decreasing industry jobs. However, the bioinformatics market is still growing rapidly worldwide and expected to surpass the 50 billion $ mark soon, especially in the pharmaceutical and personal care product industries. 

(Source: & Chemical & Engineering News) 


Computational Biologist, Gene Analyst, Bioinformatics Software Developer, Research Assistant/Associate, Biologics Database, Programmer/Administrator, Computer Analyst/Programmer, Molecular Modeling Assistant 


Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Pfizer, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Anthony IT, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Life Technologies, Applied Biosystems, The J. Craig Venture Institute, Indsoft Inc., 5Linx Enterprises, Childrens’ Hospital (Cambridge MA), Baylor College of Medicine, F.H. Hoffman/LaRoche Ltd., Broad Institute (at MIT), 454 Life Science, McNeil Consumer Products, The Institute for Genomic Research, Knowledge Computing, Agriculture Consulting Services, Automated Computer Solutions, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, FM Global, UCB, Inc., US Food & Drug Administration, University of Rochester Medical Center, and US Dept. of Agriculture.