Bioinformatics And Computational Biology

Department of Biological Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences
109 Cooke Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1300

Phone: 716.645.2363
Fax: 716.645.2975
Web: www.biology.buffalo.edu

Grayson H. Snyder
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
201 Bell Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-2000

Phone: 716.645.3180
Fax: 716.645.3464
Web: www.cse.buffalo.edu

Jaynee Straw
Program Undergraduate Advisor

Department of Mathematics

College of Arts and Sciences
244 Mathematics Building
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716.645.6284
Fax: 716.645.5039
Web: www.math.buffalo.edu

John Ringland
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Physiology and Biophysics

School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
124 Sherman Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3078

Phone: 716.829.2738
Fax: 716.829.2344
Web: www.smbs.buffalo.edu/phys/

Shinpei Ohki
Director of Undergraduate Biophysics Programs

About the Program

The Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) program is an interdisciplinary program that involves the application of mathematics and computing to the study of genes and proteins; computational biology addresses more general questions involving computing applied to cellular and sub-cellular structures. As such, students in bioinformatics and computational biology integrate topics of applied mathematics, computer science, and biology into specialties as diverse as genetics, biophysics, computational science, and microbiology. The program prepares students for graduate studies either in a bioinformatics-related field or in a traditional discipline, as well as for immediate entry into the job market.

Students in the BCB program select a major from among four concentrations, offered in the Departments of Biological Sciences, Physiology and Biophysics, Computer Science and Engineering, and Mathematics. Students in the program complete a full major in their area of concentration and also take additional courses important to bioinformatics in disciplines that complement their concentration. All students take courses in calculus, statistics, molecular biology, organic chemistry, and databases, as well as a core course in bioinformatics. In addition, students enroll in a bioinformatics seminar and complete an interdisciplinary project during their senior year. Through these capstone events and the bioinformatics course, students integrate different fields of study into a coherent whole.

Acceptance Information

Students may indicate a preference to major in bioinformatics at any time, although acceptance into the major occurs only after a review of a student�s progress at the end of four semesters of coursework. Because of the significant academic demands of this program, acceptance into the bioinformatics program requires an overall minimum GPA of 2.5, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the prerequisite courses: BIO 205, CHE 101, CHE 102, CSE 115, CSE 116, MTH 141, and MTH 142. In exceptional circumstances, a student who wishes to major in bioinformatics may request a waiver or modification of the acceptance requirements. It is recommended that the prerequisite courses be completed by the end of the fourth semester; students with advanced placement credit may complete these courses earlier and then request acceptance into the program. Students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all major courses (a student may request a waiver or modification of this GPA requirement in exceptional cases). Students who follow the BCB program of study for several semesters but, for whatever reason, decide not to complete those requirements can complete a traditional major in their area of concentration.

Academic Requirements

The core course requirements shared by all concentrations are:

BIO 205; BIO 302 or BIO 319; BIO 400 (BIO 205 will serve as prerequisite for BIO 302)
CHE 101, CHE 102, CHE 201 (or CHE 203 for non-BIO students),
CSE 115, CSE 116, CSE 250, CSE 462 (BIO students take either CSE 462 or CSE 337/MTH 337; CSE 250 will serve as a prerequisite for CSE 462),
MTH 141, MTH 142, MTH 241, MTH 306, MTH 309, MTH 411(BIO and BPH students are exempt from MTH 241 and MTH 306)
MTH 191/CSE 191, MTH 337/CSE 337 or MTH 437/CSE 437-MTH 438/CSE 438 (BIO students take either CSE 462 or CSE 337/MTH 337; BPH students take either BPH 410 or CSE 437/MTH 437)
Senior Seminar
Senior Project

For the senior project, students work with faculty from the department of their concentration. Personnel associated with the Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics may offer additional assistance and guidance to the students.

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology - B.S.

Concentration in Biology

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.5 overall.
Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the prerequisite courses.

Advising Note

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all major courses to graduate.

Prerequisite Courses

BIO 205 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry
CHE 101 General Chemistry I
CHE 102 General Chemistry II
CSE 115 Introduction to Computer Science for Majors I
CSE 116 Introduction to Computer Science for Majors II
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II

Required Courses

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 201 Cell Biology
BIO 215 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry Lab
BIO 309 Ecology
BIO 319 Genetics
BIO 329 Genetics Lab
BIO 328 General Physiology
BIO 367 Developmental Biology
BIO 370 Developmental Biology Lab
BIO 400 Bioinformatics
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry I
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry II
CSE 250 Data Structures
CSE 191 Discrete Structures/MTH 191 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics I
MTH 337/CSE 337 Introduction to Scientific Computing or CSE 462 Database Concepts or MTH 437/CSE 437 Introduction to Numerical Analysis
MTH 309 Introduction to Linear Algebra
MTH 411 Probability
PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 108 General Physics II
PHY 158 General Physics Lab
Senior Project
Senior Seminar

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major (concentration in bioinformatics-biology)...104

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall BIO 200, CHE 101, MTH 141
Spring BIO 201, CHE 102, MTH 142

SECOND YEAR
Fall BIO 309, CHE 201, CSE 115, CSE 191/MTH 191
Spring BIO 205, BIO 215, CHE 202, CSE 116

THIRD YEAR
Fall BIO 319, BIO 329, MTH 309
Spring BIO 367, BIO 370, CSE 250

FOURTH YEAR
Fall MTH 411, PHY 107, Senior Seminar
Spring BIO 328, BIO 400; MTH 337/CSE 337 or CSE 462 or MTH 437/CSE 437; PHY 108, PHY 158, Senior Project

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology - B.S.

Concentration in Biophysics

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.5 overall.
Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the prerequisite courses.

Advising Note

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all major courses to graduate.

Prerequisite Courses

BIO 205 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry or BCH 403 Principles of Biochemistry
CHE 101 General Chemistry I
CHE 102 General Chemistry II
CSE 115 Introduction to Computer Science
CSE 116 Introduction to Computer Science
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II

Required Courses

BIO 201 Cell Biology
BIO 302 Introduction to Molecular Biology or BIO 319 Genetics
BIO 400 Bioinformatics
BPH 303 Principles of Biophysics
BPH 402 Biophysics Problems for Undergraduates
BPH 405 Biophysics Basics: Processes
BPH 410 Introductory Quantitative Biology or CSE 437/MTH 437 Introduction to Numerical Analysis 1
BPH 458 Experimental Biophysics*
CHE 203 Organic Chemistry
CHE 319 Physical Chemistry or CHE 349 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences
CSE 250 Data Structures
CSE 462 Database Concepts
CSE 191 Discrete Structures/MTH 191 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics I
MTH 309 Introductory Linear Algebra
MTH 411 Probability
PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 108 General Physics II
PHY 158 General Physics Lab
PHY 207 General Physics III
*Senior project (may use BPH 458 for this requirement)
Senior Seminar

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major (concentration in bioinformatics-biophysics)...99

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.


Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall � CHE 101, MTH 141
Spring � BIO 201, CHE 102, MTH 142, PHY 107

SECOND YEAR
Fall � CHE 203, CSE 115, PHY 108, PHY 158
Spring � BIO 205 or BCH 403; CSE 116, PHY 207

THIRD YEAR
Fall � BIO 302 or BIO 319; BPH 303; CHE 319 or CHE 349; CSE 191/MTH 191
Spring � BPH 405, CSE 250, MTH 309

FOURTH YEAR
Fall � BPH 402, BPH 410 or CSE 437/MTH 437, CSE 462, MTH 411
Spring � BIO 400; BPH 458 or Senior Project; senior seminar

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology - B.S.

Concentration in Computer Science and Engineering

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.5 overall.
Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the prerequisite courses.

Advising Note

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all major courses to graduate.

Prerequisite Courses

BIO 205 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry
CHE 101 General Chemistry I
CHE 102 General Chemistry II
CSE 115 Introduction to Computer Science
CSE 116 Introduction to Computer Science
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II

Required Courses

BIO 302 Introduction to Molecular Biology or BIO 319 Genetics
BIO 400 Bioinformatics
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry (LEC only) or CHE 203 Organic Chemistry
CSE 241 Digital Systems
CSE 250 Data Structures
CSE 305 Introduction to Programming Languages
CSE 341 Computer Organization
CSE 396 Introduction to the Theory of Computation
CSE 421 Introduction to Operating Systems
CSE 442 Software Engineering
CSE 462 Database Concepts
CSE 191 Discrete Structures/MTH 191 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics I
CSE 337/MTH 337 Introduction to Scientific Computing or CSE 437/MTH 437 Introduction to Numerical Analysis I *
MTH 241 College Calculus III
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
MTH 309 Introduction to Linear Algebra
MTH 411 Probability
Senior Project
Senior Seminar

*CSE 438/MTH 438 Introduction to Numerical Analysis II is an optional additional course

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major (concentration in bioinformatics-computer science and engineering)...101

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall � CHE 101, CSE 115, MTH 141
Spring � CHE 102, CSE 116, MTH 142

SECOND YEAR
Fall � CHE 201 or CHE 203; CSE 191/MTH 191, CSE 241, MTH 241
Spring � BIO 205, CSE 250, CSE 341

THIRD YEAR
Fall � CSE 305, CSE 462, MTH 309
Spring � CSE 421, CSE 442, MTH 306

FOURTH YEAR
Fall � BIO 302 or BIO 319; MTH 411, Senior Seminar
Spring � BIO 400, CSE 396; CSE 337/MTH 337 or CSE 437/MTH 437; Senior Project

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology - B.S.

Concentration in Mathematics

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.5 overall.
Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the prerequisite courses.

Advising Note

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all major courses to graduate.

Prerequisite Courses

BIO 205 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry
CHE 101 General Chemistry I
CHE 102 General Chemistry II
CSE 115 Introduction to Computer Science
CSE 116 Introduction to Computer Science
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II

Required Courses

BIO 302 Introduction to Molecular Biology or BIO 319 Genetics
BIO 400 Bioinformatics
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry or CHE 203 Organic Chemistry (LEC only)
CSE 250 Data Structures
CSE 462 Database Concepts
CSE 191 Discrete Structures/MTH 191 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics I
MTH 241 College Calculus III
MTH 301 Basic Analysis and Proofs
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
MTH 309 Introduction to Linear Algebra
MTH 411 Probability
MTH 412 Introduction to Statistical Inference
MTH 418 Survey of Partial Differential Equations
MTH 419 Introduction to Algebra I
MTH 431 Introduction to Real Variables I
MTH 437/CSE 437 Introduction to Numerical Analysis I
MTH 438/CSE 438 Introduction to Numerical Analysis II
Senior Project
Senior Seminar

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major (concentration in bioinformatics-mathematics)...103

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall CHE 101, CSE 115, MTH 141
Spring CHE 102, CSE 116, MTH 142

SECOND YEAR
Fall CHE 203, CSE 191/MTH 191, MTH 241, MTH 306
Spring BIO 205, CSE 250, MTH 301, MTH 309

THIRD YEAR
Fall BIO 302, MTH 411, MTH 419
Spring MTH 412, MTH 418

FOURTH YEAR
Fall MTH 437/CSE 437, MTH 431, Senior Seminar
Spring BIO 400, MTH 438/CSE 438, CSE 462, Senior Project

Updated: Apr 12, 2006 11:07:23 AM