Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is an exciting and rapidly-growing field that uses techniques from the computer and information sciences to study biological information and structure. Specifically, it is the science of developing computer databases and algorithms to facilitate and expedite biological research, particularly in the area of genomics. Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary science, bringing together aspects of computer science, molecular biology, chemistry and mathematics. In order to capitalize on the growing body of genetic information, there is an immense and growing need for experts in this field. A graduate of the College of IS&T Bioinformatics program will have the background to pursue a wide variety of positions in the biomedical and biotechnology industries, for graduate study in bioinformatics or related areas or, with the addition of only a couple of courses, medical school.