Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics

Science is becoming increasingly dependent on computers and the field of biology is no exception. Advances in the field are often impeded by the glut of ever expanding data sets and by the lack of dedicated software and algorithms, requiring skilled biologists capable of handling massive amounts of information, performing in-depth statistical analyses, and programming.

Bioinformatics is an essential discipline at the interface between biology, computation sciences, and mathematics. Bioinformaticians, also referred as computational biologists, are experts at problem solving. The best bioinformaticians are adaptable jack-of-all-trades, for the problems to solve are many, broad in scope, and often cross canonical field delimitations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 62% of the future expected growth in science jobs until 2020 is in computational fields. Fields that rely heavily on bioinformaticians are research, the health and pharmaceutical industries, and software design and engineering.

At the core of the bioinformatics program is a significant science component, with a large emphasis on computation sciences, mathematics, and physics, in addition to biology. Throughout this program, students will learn scientific rigor, creativity, and a breadth of highly-demanded adaptable skills giving them both versatility and efficiency. Students will learn to communicate effectively across disciplines and to lead large scale projects.

The applied bioinformatics track will provide students with a thorough computational background enabling them to pursue programming-driven endeavors whereas the computational biology track will emphasize computer-driven problem solving towards answering key biological questions.

Required Courses

Biology Requirements (29-35)
BIOL 100Introduction to the Profession2
BIOL 104Linux and Perl Programming3
BIOL 107General Biology Lectures3
BIOL 115Human Biology3
BIOL 210Microbiology3
BIOL 214Genetics3
BIOL 225Microbiology Laboratory2
BIOL 310Genomes, Transcriptomes, and Proteomes3
BIOL 403Biochemistry4
BIOL 451Biological Literature2
BIOL 495Biology Colloquium1
For the Computational Biology track:
BIOL 445
BIOL 446
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Laboratory 1
0-6
Chemistry Requirements (12)
CHEM 124Principles of Chemistry I with Laboratory4
CHEM 125Principles of Chemistry II with Laboratory4
CHEM 237Organic Chemistry I4
Physics Requirements (11)
PHYS 123General Physics I: Mechanics4
PHYS 221General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism4
PHYS 224General Physics III for Engineers3
Mathematics Requirements (23-24)
MATH 151Calculus I5
MATH 152Calculus II5
MATH 251Multivariate and Vector Calculus4
MATH 475Probability3
MATH 476Statistics3
Choose the appropriate track option:3-4
For the Computational Biology track:
Introduction to Differential Equations 14
For the Applied Bioinformatics track:
Elementary Linear Algebra 23
Computer Science Requirements (12-18)
CS 105Introduction to Computer Programming2
CS 115Object-Oriented Programming I2
CS 116Object-Oriented Programming II2
CS 330Discrete Structures3
or MATH 230 Introduction to Discrete Math
CS 331Data Structures and Algorithms3
For the Applied Bioinformatics track:
CS 422
CS 425
Data Mining
and Database Organization 2
0-6
Technical Electives (9)
Select 9 credit hours9
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) (6)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section E6
Humanities and Social Science Requirements (21)
See IIT Core Curriculum, sections B and C21

Minimum degree credits required: 129-130

1

Computational Biology specialization: Select these courses for the maximum displayed credit hours.

2

Applied Bioinformatics specialization: Select these courses for the maximum displayed credit hours.

 

Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
BIOL 1002BIOL 1153
BIOL 1043CHEM 1254
BIOL 1073MATH 1525
CHEM 1244CS 1052
MATH 1515Social Sciences Elective3
 17 17
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
PHYS 1234PHYS 2214
CHEM 2374BIOL 2103
CS 1152BIOL 2252
MATH 2514CS 1162
BIOL 2143Humanities or Social Sciences Elective3
 Humanities 200-level Course3
 17 17
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
CS 330 or MATH 2303BIOL 3103
PHYS 2243IPRO Elective I3
CS 3313Technical Elective3
Technical Elective3Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
Specialization Course13-4Humanities Elective (300+)3
 15-16 15
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
BIOL 4034BIOL 4512
MATH 4753BIOL 4951
Social Sciences Elective (300+)3MATH 4763
Specialization Course23IPRO Elective II3
Specialization Course23Technical Elective3
 Humanities Elective (300+)3
 16 15
Total Credit Hours: 129-130
1

For the Applied Bioinformatics specialization, select MATH 332. For the Computational Biology specialization, select MATH 252.

2

For the Applied Bioinformatics specialization, select CS 442 and CS 425. For the Computational Biology specialization, select BIOL 445 and BIOL 446.