New BS Biology Concentration: Bioinformatics available!

Posted: November 2, 2016 at 2:39 pm, Last Updated: November 2, 2016 at 2:56 pm


FAIRFAX, VA- November 2, 2016 – The Department of Biology at GMU proudly announces the launch of the Bioinformatics Concentration for its Bachelor of Science degree program. The Bioinformatics concentration has been planned and developed for several years by faculty across departments eager to introduce the Mason community to a rapidly increasing field.

In recent years, the highly interdisciplinary field of Bioinformatics has emerged as a powerful modern science. Many employers and academics agree that there is a great demand for undergraduate and graduate level trained individuals with a background in Bioinformatics, both in industry as well as in academia. To address this need, the Department of Biology moved to integrate Bioinformatics into the curriculum. Our Bioinformatics Concentration fulfills this industry need by providing a well-integrated and cohesive multi-disciplinary curriculum that will prepare students for a wide variety of professional options.

The Bioinformatics concentration will provide students with courses from three College of Science Departments: Department of Computational and Data Sciences (CDS), School of Systems Biology (SSB), and Department of Biology (BIOL), in addition to courses already required in the BS Degree in Biology, Math, Physics, and Chemistry. The concentration consists of 23 unique credits, as shown below.

BS in Biology – Bioinformatics Concentration

Computer Science Courses (3 credits)

*CDS 130 is recommended to fulfill the Computer Science requirement in the Biology Core.

 • CDS 230: 3 credits. Modeling and Simulation I

Bioinformatics Courses (6 credits)

• BINF 401: 3 credits.   Bioinformatics and Computational Biology I

• BINF 402: 3 credits.   Bioinformatics and Computational Biology II

Biology Courses (14 credits)

• BIOL 312: 4 credits.   Biostatistics for Bioinformatics

• BIOL 401: 3 credits.   Phage Discovery

• BIOL 412: 3 credits.   Phage Genomics

• One upper division Biology lab elective chosen from: BIOL 320, 331, 332, 334, 336, 344, 345, 350, 355, 379, 405, 406, 407, 430, 431, 465, 468, 486, 534, 536, 537, 538, 539, 543 or BIOL 305 and 306, 322 and 323, 326 and 327, 385 and 486, 452 and 453, 454 and 455, 472 and 473, 484 and 485, 509 and 510.

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