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 medical school (with the addition of only a few courses).

Student Group

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

Degree Requirements

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 also required by the degree in the 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 


CSCI 1200Computer Science Principles

3 credits

CSCI 1204Computer Science Principles Laboratory

1 credit

Or

CIST 1300Introduction to Web Development

3 credits

*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)

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 the Humanities requirement

Mathematics Courses (11 hours)

MATH 1950Calculus I

5 credits

MATH 2030Discrete Mathematics

3 credits

Or

CSCI 2030Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science

3 credits

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

3 credits

Bioinformatics Courses (24 hours)

BIOI 1000Introduction to Bioinformatics

3 credits

BIOI 2000Foundations of 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 the Natural and Physical Sciences 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 the Natural and Physical Sciences 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

NOTE: Students pursuing the pre-med requirements for the Bioinformatics degree take CHEM 2250CHEM 2260 and CHEM 2274 in place of CHEM 2210 and CHEM 2214.  Pre-Med majors also take either CHEM 4610 Biochemistry of Metabolism or two semesters of Biochemistry and the accompanying labs (CHEM 4650, CHEM 4654, CHEM 4660, and CHEM 4664) in place of CHEM 3650 and CHEM 3654 to satisfy the chemistry requirements 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.