Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field that uses techniques from computer science to study problems in genetics and molecular biology. Brigham Young University offers two paths to studying Bioinformatics:
- The Bioinformatics degree in the Biology department
- The Computer Science emphasis in Bioinformatics
Both degrees provide an entry into careers in computational biology, with the Biology program providing more depth in Biology courses and the CS degree providing more depth in computer science classes.
About the Major
The Bioinformatics Emphasis includes the following:
- A Computer Science core, covering many of the fundamentals studied in the CS major
- A Biology core, covering the basics of biology, bioinformatics, molecular biology, and genetics
- Supporting courses in Math and Chemistry
- Electives from both biology and computer science
Students taking this emphasis should talk to Bioinformatics faculty in the Biology department about undergraduate research that they can pursue as part of their degree.
Careers in Bioinformatics
Students are prepared for software development with a specialty in biotechnology. Students can also pursue a graduate degree in Business, Law, Medicine (general medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine) Computer Science and the Sciences (Biology, Bioinformatics, Biomedical Engineering, Computational Biology and Genetics).
Requirements can change from year to year. When you declare a major, you follow the requirements that were in force that year. You can see an advisor to switch to the current requirements if desired.
- 2023-2024 Computer Science: Bioinformatics (BS)
- 2022-2023 Program Requirements
- 2021-2022 Program Requirements
- 2020-2021 Program Requirements
- 2019-2020 Program Requirements
- 2018-2019 CS Program Recommended Flow-Chart
- 2018-2019 Program Requirements
- 2017-2018 Program Requirements
- 2016-2017 Program Requirements
- 2015-2016 Program Requirements