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.
UNO’s Bioinformatics students, or those interested in bioinformatics, can join the Maverick Club for Bioinformatics (MCBI).
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 1200||Computer Science Principles||
|CIST 1300||Introduction to Web Development||
College of IS&T Core Courses (24 Hours)
*NOTE: CIST 3110
counts toward Humanities requirement
Mathematics Courses (11 hours)
Bioinformatics Courses (24 hours)
BIOI 2000 Bioinformatics Foundations (new) 3 credits
*NOTE: BIOI 1000
counts toward Natural Science requirement
Biology Courses (16 hours)
*NOTE: BIOL 1450 counts toward Natural Science requirement
Chemistry Courses (17 hours)
|CHEM 1180||General Chemistry I||
|CHEM 1184||General Chemistry I Laboratory||
|CHEM 1190||General Chemistry II||
|CHEM 1194||General Chemistry II Laboratory||
|CHEM 2210||Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry||
|CHEM 2214||Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory||
|CHEM 3650||Fundamentals of Biochemistry||
|CHEM 3654||Fundamentals of Biochemistry Laboratory||
*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.