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Bioinformatics, B.S.

Requirements

Bioinformatics is the fastest growing field in Biology. In general terms, bioinformatics is the synthesis of computational methods and biological systems and comprises many sub-fields that approach different questions in biology. A Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics will prepare students to enter a variety of fields such as: medical informatics and interventions, new agricultural paradigms, pharmaceutical discovery, and molecular genealogy predictions, among others. This degree would provide students with the knowledge, skills, and experience to be competitive for both graduate school and employment opportunities.

Total Program Credits: 120

Matriculation Requirements:

BIOL 1610 with C- or higher

CS 1400 with a C+ or higher, and approval of Biology Department or Computer Science Department advisor.

General Education Requirements: 39 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Academic Writing 3
or ENGH 1005 Literacies and Composition Across Contexts (5)  
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing/Academic Writing and Research 3
  MATH 1050 College Algebra 4
or MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2)  
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:  
  BIOL 1610 College Biology I 4
  CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I 4
  CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II 4
  Humanities Distribution 3
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 50 Credits
  BIOL 1011 Introduction to Bioinformatics 3
  BIOL 1615 College Biology I Laboratory 1
  BIOL 3100 Introduction to Data Analysis for Biologists 3
  BIOL 3500 Genetics 3
  BIOL 3550 Molecular Biology 3
  BIOL 492R Professional Development 1
  BIOL 494R Student Seminar WE 2
  BIOL 497R Biology Colloquium (0.5 cr, two required) 1
  BIOL 4550 Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics WE 3
  BIOL 4600 Bioinformatics Capstone 3
  CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory 1
  CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory 1
  CS 1400 Fundamentals of Programming 3
  CS 1410 Object Oriented Programming 3
  CS 2300 Discrete Mathematical Structures I 3
  CS 2420 Introduction to Algorithms and Data Structures 3
  CS 305G Global Social and Ethical Issues in Computing 3
  INFO 2410 Database Fundamentals 3
  IT 1510 Introduction to System Administration--Linux/UNIX 3
Elective Requirements: 31 Credits
  Choose 6 credits from any general electives. 1 6
  Choose 25 credits from list below or approved by advisor 25
  BIOL 3700 General Ecology (3)  
  BIOL 4300 Bioinformatics and Genome Analysis (4)  
  BIOL 4400 Genomics (3)  
  BIOL 4500 Principles of Evolution WE (3)  
  BIOL 489R Student Research (1)  
  BIOL 490R Special Topics in Biology (1)  
  BIOL 499R Senior Thesis (1)  
  MICR 2060 Microbiology for Health Professions (3)  
  MICR 3200 Emerging and Re Emerging Diseases and Zoonoses (3)  
  MICR 3450 General Microbiology (3)  
  CS  3270 Python Software Development (3)  
  CS 3320 Numerical Software Development (3)  
  CS 3520 Database Theory (3)  
  CS 3530 Data Management For Data Sciences (3)  
  STAT 4100 Design of Experiment (3)  
  STAT 4400 Multivariate Analysis WE (3)  
  STAT 4710 Mathematical Statistics-Probability and Statistics (3)  
  STAT 4720 Mathematical Statistics-Statistical Inference (3)  
  MATH 1210 Calculus I (5)  
or MATH 121H Calculus I (5)  
  MATH 1220 Calculus II (5)  
or MATH 122H Calculus II (5)  
  MATH 2210 Calculus III (3)  
or MATH 222H Calculus III (3)  
  MATH 2270 Linear Algebra (3)  

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Complete the required minimum credit hours.
  2. If an AA or AS degree has been earned, a maximum of 64 of these credits may apply toward the BS.
  3. At least 30 credit hours in residence at UVU or satellite sites are required, with 10 hours earned during the last 45 hours.
  4. A minimum of 40 credits must be upper-division (numbered 3000 or above).
  5. A minimum of 40 credits must be in the major, 30 of which must be upper-division. A minimum of nine Department credits must be taken at UVU.
  6. Except for 490R Special Topics courses, a maximum cumulative total of 9 credits in any combination of upper division Departmental courses with an"R" designation may count toward graduation.
  7. Complete Biology Department core courses with a grade of "C-" or higher in each course.
  8. Achieve a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 with a minimum GPA of 2.25 in biology department courses.
  9. Complete the appropriate application for graduation form.
  10. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.
Footnotes:
1 Upper division is suggested to meet upper division requirements

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 or ENGH 1005 Introduction to Academic Writing or Literacies and Composition Across Contexts 3
HLTH 1100 or PES 1097 Fitness for Life or Personal Health and Wellness 2
Fine Arts Distribution   3
BIOL 1011 Intro to Bioinformatics 3
MATH 1050 or MATH 1055 College Algebra or College Algebra with Preliminaries 4
  Semester total: 15
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 1610 College Biology I 4
BIOL 1615 College Biology I Lab 1
CS 1400 Fundamental of Programming 3
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing/Academic Writing and Research 3
CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Lab 1
  Semester total: 16
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
CS 1410 Object-Oriented Programming 3
BIOL 3500 Genetics 3
Chem 1220 Principles of Chemistry II 4
CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Lab 1
IT 1510 Intro to System Administration-- Linux/UNIX 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
CS 2300 Discrete mathematical Structures I 3
Biol 3550 Molecular Biology 3
Humanities Distribuion   3
American Institutions Distribution Fitness for Life or Personal Health and Wellness 3
STAT 2040 Principles of Statistics 4
     
  Semester total: 16
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
CS 2420 Intro to Algorithm and Data Structures 3
INFO 2410 Database Fundamentals 3
BIOL 497R Biology Colloquium  0.5
Upper Division Elective Organic Chemistry II 5
PHIL 2050 or PHIL 205G Ethics and Values 3
  Semester total: 14.5
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
Upper Division Elective   9
BIOL 3100 Intro to Data Analysis for Biologists 3
Social/Behavioral Science Distribution   3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
Upper Division Elective   9
CS 305G Global Social & Ethical Issues in Computing 3
BIOL 494R Student Seminar WE 2
BIOL 497R Biology Colloquium 0.5
  Semester total: 14.5
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 4550 Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics 3
BIOL 492R Professional Development 1
BIOL 4600 Bioinformatics Capstone Course 2
Upper Division Electives   8
  Semester total: 15
  Degree total: 120

Department

Biology

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