Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics (BSBI)

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.

 

A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for the degree. Thirty of the last 36 hours required for the degree must be registered for and carried at UNO. Registration in courses without having taken the stated prerequisites could result in administrative withdrawal.

 

Student Groups

UNO’s Bioinformatics students, or those interested in bioinformatics, can join the Maverick Club for Bioinformatics (MCBI).

http://si2.ist.unomaha.edu/index.php?p=student_groups

Degree Requirements

University Requirements (Gen Ed)                            47 hours (-20 hours Gen Ed)

Diversity courses can be double-dipped with humanities and social sciences (-6 hours Gen Ed)

Prerequisite/ Free Electives                                       1 hour

College of IS&T Courses                                          24 hours (-3 hours Gen Ed)

Mathematics Courses                                              11 hours (-3 hours Gen Ed)

Bioinformatics courses                                             24 hours (-3 hours Gen Ed)

Biology Courses                                                      16 hours (-5 hours Gen Ed)

Chemistry Courses                                                  17 hours

Total hours                                          140 hours (-20 Gen Ed) = 120

Prerequisite / Free electives (1 hour)
CSCI 1200Computer Science Principles

3 credits

Or

CIST 1300Introduction to Web Development

3 credits

College of IS&T Core Courses (24 Hours)
CIST 1400Introduction to Computer Programming

3 credits

CSCI 1620Introduction to Computer Science II

3 credits

CIST 2500Introduction to Applied Statistics for IS&T

3 credits

CIST 3110Information Technology Ethics

3 credits

CSCI 3320/CSCI 8325Data Structures

3 credits

CSCI 4830/CSCI 8836Introduction Software Engineering

3 credits

CSCI 4850/CSCI 8856Data Base Management Systems

3 credits

And Either

CSCI 4150/CSCI 8156/MATH 8156/MATH 4150Graph Theory & Applications

3 credits

Or

ISQA 4890/CSCI 4890Data Warehousing and Data Mining

3 credits

*NOTE: CIST 3110 counts toward Humanities requirement

Mathematics Courses (11 hours)

MATH 1950Calculus I

5 credits

MATH 2030Discrete Mathematics

3 credits

ISQA 4150/ISQA 8156Advanced Statistical Methods for IS&T

3 credits

Bioinformatics Courses (24 hours)


 BIOI 2000                            Bioinformatics Foundations (new)                                                              3 credits

BIOI 1000Introduction to Bioinformatics

3 credits

BIOI 3000Applied Bioinformatics

3 credits

BIOI 3500Advanced Bioinformatics Programming

3 credits

BIOI 4860/BIOI 8866/BMI 8866Bioinformatics Algorithms

3 credits

BIOI 4870Database Search and Pattern Discovery in Bioinformatics

3 credits

BIOI 4890Computerized Genetic Sequence Analysis

3 credits

BIOI 4970Senior Project in Bioinformatics I

1 credit

BIOI 4980Senior Project in Bioinformatics II

2 credits

*NOTE: BIOI 1000 counts toward Natural Science requirement

Biology Courses (16 hours)

BIOL 1450Biology I

5 credits

BIOL 2140Genetics

4 credits

BIOL 3020Molecular Biology of the Cell

3 credits

And Either

BIOL 4130/BIOL 8136Molecular Genetics

4 credits

Or

BIOL 4140/BIOL 8146Cellular Biology

4 credits

 *NOTE: BIOL 1450 counts toward Natural Science requirement

Chemistry Courses (17 hours)

CHEM 1180General Chemistry I

3 credits

CHEM 1184General Chemistry I Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 1190General Chemistry II

3 credits

CHEM 1194General Chemistry II Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 2210Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry

4 credits

CHEM 2214Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 3650Fundamentals of Biochemistry

3 credits

CHEM 3654Fundamentals of Biochemistry Laboratory

1 credit

*Pre-Med majors can take CHEM 2250, 2260 & 2274 to replace CHEM 2210 & 2214.  Also Pre-Med majors can take CHEM 4610 Biochemistry of Metabolism or the two semesters of CHEM 4650, 4654, 4660, & 4664 in place of CHEM 3650 & 3654 to satisfy the chemistry requirement for BIOI major.

Advanced Writing Course

All students are required to take an advanced writing course within their major.  Bioinformatics majors have to take CIST 3000 Advanced Composition for IS&T.