The bioinformatics major is a collaboration between biological sciences and the mathematics, statistics and computer science department. This major lives at the leading edge of science and technology, mining big data generated by biological researchers to create meaningful theories and solve problems in the life sciences.

Set yourself apart.

Marquette is one of the only universities offering a bachelor degree in bioinformatics. Here, you will gain a broad background in both biology and computer science, conduct independent research under the guidance of your faculty mentor and participate in a project-based capstone course that truly merges biological experimentation and big data analysis.

Answer the call.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the bioinformatics field is growing faster than most. Big data has become central to industries as diverse as health care, pharmacogenomics, personalized medicine, conservation ecology and agriculture. Marquette bioinformatics students gain the necessary interdisciplinary expertise to solve complex problems at the intersection of science and math.

 


BIOINFORMATICS MAJOR (BS): PROGRAM OF STUDY

 
The major in Bioinformatics consists of 71-72 credit hours of Biological Sciences, Computer science, Mathematics courses and cognate Chemistry classes, as described below.  

 

Credit Hours

Required Core Courses:
BIOL 1001, General Biology 1 

3

BIOL 1002, General Biology 2 3
BIOL 2301, Cell Biology . 3
BIOL 2201, Genetics 3
BIOL 4101, Biochemistry 3
BIOL 4201, Genomics and Bioinformatics 3
COSC 1010, Introduction to Computer Programming

4

COSC 1020, Object-Oriented Software Design 4
COSC 2100, Data Structures & Algorithms 1 3
COSC 4610, Data Mining 3
COSC 4800, Principles of Database Systems 3
COSC XXXX, Introduction to Bioinformatics 3
BIOL/COSC XXXX Bioinformatics Capstone course 3
MATH 1450, Calculus 1 4
   
Choose one of the following:  
MATH 4740, Biostatistical Methods & Models (preferred) 3
MATH 4720, Statistical Methods 3
   
Choose one of the following:  
MATH 2100, Discrete Mathematics 3
MATH 2350, Foundations of Mathematics 3
 
Electives (8-9 credits)
BIOL lab courses (2 courses) (chosen from BIOL 1101, 3202, 3302, 4102) 5-6
BIOL upper division elective 3
   
Cognate Requirements (12 credits)
 
CHEM 1001 (or CHEM 1013), General Chemistry 1 4
CHEM 1002 (or CHEM 1014), General Chemistry 2 4
CHEM 2111 (or CHEM 2113), Organic Chemistry 1 4

 

Total Credit Hours for major 71-72

 

 

 

 

 

SUGGESTED BIOINFORMATICS (BS) MAJOR CURRICULUM

Freshman

First Term Sem. Hrs. Second Term Sem. Hrs.

COSC 1010

MATH 1450

BIOL 1001

ENGL 1001

4

4

3

3

 

COSC 1020

MATH 2100

BIOL 1002

ENGL 1002

BIOL 1101$* (or UCCS-Histories of Cult./Soc.)

4

3

3

3

2-3

  14   15-16

Sophomore

First Term Sem. Hrs. Second Term Sem. Hrs.

BIOL 2301

CHEM 1001 (or CHEM 2013)

MATH 4740

THEO 1001

UCCS-Ind. & Social Behavior

3

4

3

3

3

BIOL 2201

CHEM 1002 (or CHEM 2014)

PHIL 1001

COSC 2100

Elective

3
4
3
3
3
  16   16

Junior

First Term Sem. Hrs. Second Term Sem. Hrs.

COSC XXXX (Intro to Bioinformatics)

COSC 4800

BIOL 4101

CHEM 2111 (or CHEM 2113)

UCCS-Lit./Performing Arts

3

3

3

4

3

COSC 4610

BIOL upper div elective

BIOL Lab course$

PHIL 2310

Elective

3

4

3

3

3

  16  

16

 

Senior

First Term Sem. Hrs. Second Semester Sem. Hrs.

BIOL 4201

BIOL Lab course$ (or UCCS-Histories of Cult./Soc.)

UCCS-Theology

Electives

3

3

 

3

6

COSC/BIOL Bioinformatics capstone

Electives

UCCS-Diverse Cultures

3

6

3

  15   12

Notes:
$ BIOL Lab courses should be chosen from BIOL 1101, 3202, 3302, 4102
*BIOL 1101 is a recommended lab course and, if taken, should be taken in this term

Possible Electives: COSC 4600 (Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence), MATH 3100 (Linear Algebra), MATH 4780
(Regression Analysis), BIOL 3601 (Animal Development), BIOL 3501 (Neurobiology), BIOL 3406 (Plant Biology), PHYS 1001 and 1002 or 1013 and 1014, CHEM 2112 or 2114.
Total of 120 credits (minimum) required for graduation

 

 



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