Bioinformatics And Computational Biology : About The Program

About Our Degrees

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.

Acceptance Criteria

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

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. 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 may 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.


Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

The program combines courses in biological sciences, computer science and engineering, and mathematics, among other fields.

About Our Faculty

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Students should contact their departmental advisor for inquiries regarding internships, independent study, and undergraduate research opportunities.

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

There are no specific scholarships set aside for this program. Interested students should contact the program advisor of their matriculated department for availability of scholarships and awards as well as the university's Honors College.

Extracurricular Activities

In the Department of Biological Sciences:

Undergraduate Biology Association
This organization is an active group open to all students. It sponsors special speakers on research, graduate school, and other selected topics. It also sponsors social activities.

In the Department of Computer Science and Engineering:

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

Majors that Complement Bioinformatics and Computational Biology


Minors that Complement Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Links to Further Information About this Program

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:26 EST