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, graduate studies in bioinformatics or related areas, or, with the addition of only a couple of courses, medical school.
UNO’s Bioinformatics students, or those interested in bioinformatics, can join the Maverick Club for Bioinformatics (MCBI). http://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-information-science-and-technology/school-of-interdisciplinary-informatics/student-involvement/index.php
A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for a Bachelor of Science degree in Bioinformatics (BSBI). Thirty of the last 36 hours must be University of Nebraska at Omaha courses. Registering for courses without having taken the stated prerequisites could result in administrative withdrawal.
To obtain a BSBI, a student must fulfill the University, College and Departmental requirements. Some courses may satisfy requirements in more than one area, but credit is awarded only once, thereby reducing the total number of credit hours for the degree to 120. (This total does not include prerequisites.)
- 46 hours of University General Education courses (19 hours of which can be satisfied by courses in the required areas below)
- 24 hours of College of IS&T Core courses
- 24 hours of Bioinformatics courses
- 11 hours of Mathematics courses
- 16 hours of Biology courses
- 17 hours of Chemistry courses
- 1 hour of an elective/prerequisite course
TOTAL HOURS: 120
Elective/Prerequisite (1 hour)
|CSCI 1200||Computer Science Principles||
|CSCI 1204||Computer Science Principles Laboratory||
|CIST 1300||Introduction to Web Development||
*NOTE: CSCI 1200 and CSCI 1204 count toward the Natural and Physical Sciences requirement.
College of IS&T Core Courses for Bioinformatics Majors (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 the Natural and Physical Sciences requirement
Biology Courses (16 hours)
*NOTE: BIOL 1450 counts toward the Natural and Physical Sciences 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 and 2274 to replace CHEM 2210 and 2214. Also Pre-Med majors can take CHEM 4610 Biochemistry of Metabolism or the two semesters of CHEM 4650, 4654, 4660, and 4664 in place of CHEM 3650 and 3654 to satisfy the chemistry requirement for the BIOI major.
Advanced Writing Course
All UNO students are required to take an advanced writing course within their major. Bioinformatics degree students must take CIST 3000 Advanced Composition for IS&T.