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Bachelor of Science with a Major in Bioinformatics
Location : St. Edwards University, Austin, Texas, USA.
The Bioinformatics Degree offers students excellent professional preparation in a field that is, and will continue to be, in extremely high demand. The field of bioinformatics has exploded in recent years and demand for bioinformaticists far exceeds supply. Sequencing of the human genome has invigorated the biotech business, and there is a huge demand for graduates who are skilled in applying computational approaches to understanding and managing the large data sets that such research generates. The degree is interdisciplinary, and has a strong research component. The innovative Bioinformatics program is designed to ensure both breadth and depth of knowledge. The degree has a group of core courses (52 hours) that all students must take for breadth of exposure. In addition, there are three possible tracks, or areas of specialization, of 12 to 13 hours. The tracks give enough flexibility for the student to pursue their particular interests in depth within a structured framework. The track a student chooses should ensure that the student graduates with a deep understanding of their chosen area of interest within the many possibilities encompassed by bioinformatics, genomics, computer modeling, biomathematics and computational biology. All tracks require a rigorous research component. The Simulation and Modeling track provides students with advanced computer science skills in modeling and high-level programming, allowing them to work in areas such as protein folding prediction and network simulations and artificial intelligence in neuroscience. The Genomics track gives students the experimental background to continue research in fields such as proteomics, genomics, phylogeny and other branches of molecular biology where large amounts of experimental data are produced and analyzed. The Biomathematics track provides students interested in applications of mathematics to the life sciences such as the development of mathematical models of ecosystems and physiological processes with the analytical and quantitative skills needed. Bioinformatics is a new, rapidly evolving field, with many distinct branches. The program will evolve with the field through the frequent assessment of its structure and content, to ensure that it is providing students with the best, most up-to-date program possible.