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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.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Introduction to Computer Programming
  • Object-Oriented Software Design
  • Calculus 1
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • General Biology 1 & 2
  • UCCS - Histories of Cultures and Societies*
  • UCCS - Rhetoric and Composition I & II


  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • General Chemistry 1 & 2
  • Biostatistical Methods and Models
  • Data Structures and Algorithms 1
  • UCCS - Individual and Social Behavior*
  • UCCS - Introduction to Theology
  • UCCS - Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Elective


  • Intro to Bioinformatics
  • Principles of Database Systems
  • Data Mining
  • Biochemistry and the Molecular Basis of Biology
  • Biological Sciences Elective
  • Biological Sciences Lab Course
  • Organic Chemistry 1
  • UCCS - Theory of Ethics
  • UCCS - Literature/Performing Arts*
  • Elective


  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Biological Sciences Lab Course
  • Bioinformatics Capstone
  • UCCS - Theology*
  • UCCS - Diverse Cultures*
  • Electives

*Choose from list of approved UCCS (University Core of Common Studies) courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.


You might like the bioinformatics major if you

biological sciences students✓ Want to find out how and why living systems work

✓ Like biology

✓ Are strong in science and math

✓ Enjoy working with computers, software and programming

What can you do with a major in bioinformatics?

The bioinformatics major is excellent preparation for a variety of careers in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, government and academia such as biostatistian, biochemist, research analyst and more.

Visit the departments of biological sciences and mathematics, statistics and computer science that jointly offer the bioinformatics major.

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