Bioinformatics BA/BS

Bioinformatics is a discipline that applies Computer Science as a tool to solve problems in molecular biology. The degree has been developed in collaboration between Computer Scientists and Biologists.  Mathematics course work is also represented, as an understanding of statistics is necessary when working as a bioinformatics scientist.  This is truly a unique and interdisciplinary degree.   This degree is designed as a gateway for students who will pursue graduate programs (MS and PhD) in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.  Students will also have the training to enter the work force as system analysts working with large data sets in clinical research, government research labs, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.  Our faculty conduct bioinformatics research with a focus on image processing (MRI and histology images), and also genomics and molecular genetics (for example, studying genes associated with behavior/neural processing in mammals or genes involved in regulation drought-tolerance in crops).  

The goals of the bioinformatics program are to provide students with learning experiences in both the classroom and laboratory so that they are well-prepared to:

  • Think critically and apply knowledge in novel contexts;
  • Understand the computational analysis of biological systems;
  • Understand cell and genome structures, function, and reproduction;
  • Understand algorithms and data structures;
  • Perform basic laboratory procedures in a safe manner.

General Education Requirements

Written Communication
Select one of the following:6.00
WRITING AND RHETORIC I
and WRITING AND RHETORIC II
COLLEGE WRITING AND RESEARCH
Oral Communication
Select one from the following:3.00
FUNDAMENTALS OF ORAL COMMUNICATION
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
PUBLIC SPEAKING
Mathematical Ways of Knowing
Select one of the following:3.00-5.00
COLLEGE ALGEBRA
COLLEGE ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY
CALCULUS I
Humanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing
Select one course from two categories:6.00-8.00
Literature
LITERATURE AND IDEAS
WORLD CLASSICS
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
MYTHOLOGIES
Arts
INTRODUCTION TO ART
THE ART AND HISTORY OF THE MOTION PICTURE
INTRODUCTION TO THE ARTS
SURVEY OF MUSIC
MUSIC IN AMERICA
WORLD MUSIC
HISTORY OF MUSICAL THEATER
HISTORY OF JAZZ AND POPULAR MUSIC STYLES
SURVEY OF THE THEATER
Language
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE I
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE II
ELEMENTARY SPANISH I
ELEMENTARY SPANISH II
Scientific Ways of Knowing
CHEM-111PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I4.00
CS-108INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE4.00
Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing
Select one course from two disciplines:6.00
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
WORLD PREHISTORY
INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY
WORLD HISTORY I
WORLD HISTORY II
UNITED STATES HISTORY I
UNITED STATES HISTORY II
DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
HUMAN RELATIONS IN ORGANIZATIONS
AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
SOCIAL PROBLEMS
DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
HUMAN RELATIONS IN ORGANIZATIONS
Diversity
Select one of the following:3.00-4.00
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
WORLD PREHISTORY
INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
RACE AND ETHNICITY
COMMUNICATION AND DIVERSITY
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
NATIVE AMERICAN WRITTEN LITERATURE
INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY
WORLD HISTORY I
WORLD HISTORY II
UNITED STATES HISTORY I
UNITED STATES HISTORY II
DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
ETHICS AND IDENTITY
SOCIAL-CULTURAL ASPECTS OF SPORTS
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE I
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE II
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
ELEMENTARY SPANISH I
ELEMENTARY SPANISH II
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II
DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
Integrative Seminar: Ethics & Values
Select one of the following:3.00
ID 300A - 300Z (see course descriptions for options)
HELLS CANYON INSTITUTE
Foreign/Heritage Language
Select 16 credits of language if selecting Bachelor of Arts Degree16.00
Total Credits38.00

Program Requirements

Major Requirements
BIOF-100INTRODUCTION TO BIOINFORMATICS3.00
BIOF-301COMPUTATIONAL GENOMICS3.00
BIOF-350IMAGE ANALYSIS4.00
BIOF-495PRACTICUM IN BIOINFORMATICS4.00
BIOL-182CONCEPTS IN CELLULAR MECHANISMS4.00
BIOL-341GENETICS4.00
BIOL-355GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY4.00
or BIOL-362 CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
CHEM-112PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II4.00
CHEM-371ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I3.00
CHEM-373ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LAB1.00
CHEM-481BIOCHEMISTRY I4.00
CS-111FOUNDATIONS OF PROGRAMMING4.00
CS-211COMPUTER SCIENCE II4.00
CS-226SQL: STRUCTURED QUERY LANGUAGE3.00
CS-253INTRO TO SYSTEMS PROGRAMMING4.00
CS-311ALGORITHMS AND DATA STRUCTURES4.00
CALCULUS I (Required if not completed as core)
MATH-320PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS3.00
Electives
Select 23 credits from the following:23.00
BIOCHEMISTRY II
SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
FUTURE PROFESSIONALS SEMINAR
ANALYSIS OF ALGORITHMS
OPERATING SYSTEMS
COMPUTER NETWORKS
INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS:AI AND INFORMATION
DATABASES AND KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT
COMPUTER SYSTEMS SECURITY
Total Credits83.00

Sequential Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
BIOF-100 INTRODUCTION TO BIOINFORMATICS 3.00
CORESocial & Behavioral Ways of Knowing 3.00
COREMATH-143 MATH-147 or MATH-170 3.00
ENGL-101 WRITING AND RHETORIC I 3.00
 Credits12.00
Spring
BIOL-182 CONCEPTS IN CELLULAR MECHANISMS 4.00
COREOral Communication 3.00
CS-108 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE 4.00
ENGL-102 WRITING AND RHETORIC II 3.00
 Credits14.00
Second Year
Fall
CHEM-111 PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I 4.00
COREHumanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing 3.00
CORESocial & Behavioral Ways of Knowing 3.00
CS-111 FOUNDATIONS OF PROGRAMMING 4.00
CS-226 SQL: STRUCTURED QUERY LANGUAGE 3.00
 Credits17.00
Spring
CHEM-112 PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II 4.00
COREHumanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing 3.00
CS-211 COMPUTER SCIENCE II 4.00
CS-253 INTRO TO SYSTEMS PROGRAMMING 4.00
MATH-320 PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS 3.00
 Credits18.00
Third Year
Fall
BIOF-301 COMPUTATIONAL GENOMICS 3.00
BIOL-355
GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY
or CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
4.00
CHEM-371 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I 3.00
CHEM-373 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LAB 1.00
Program RequirementBioinformatics Electives 1 4.00
 Credits15.00
Spring
BIOL-341 GENETICS 4.00
COREDiversity 3.00
CS-311 ALGORITHMS AND DATA STRUCTURES 4.00
Program RequirementBioinformatics Electives 1 3.00
Program RequirementBioinformatics Electives 1 3.00
 Credits17.00
Fourth Year
Fall
BIOF-350 IMAGE ANALYSIS 4.00
CHEM-481 BIOCHEMISTRY I 4.00
Program RequirementBioinformatics Electives 1 6.00
 Credits14.00
Spring
BIOF-495 PRACTICUM IN BIOINFORMATICS 4.00
COREIntegrative Seminar: Ethics & Values 3.00
Program RequirementBioinformatics Electives 1 3.00
Program RequirementBioinformatics Electives 1 4.00
 Credits14.00
 Total Credits121.00

Graduates with a BA/BS in Bioinformatics go on to obtain careers in a variety of fields:

  • Research Assistant
  • Data Collection/Analysis
  • Computer Science