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Major in Chemistry with Concentration in Bioinformatics

The purpose of this interdisciplinary concentration is to prepare students to enter computer-intensive fields of bioinformatics, computational biology, computational chemistry and molecular modeling including genomics and proteomics. With the advent of the Human Genome Project, an explosion of genomics information has occurred, and databases such as GenBank and EMBL have grown at a rate that now requires storage, organizing and indexing of the information. Questions of gene expression have led to computational biology, the process of analyzing genomic sequences and to the field of proteomics, the understanding of protein structure and function. The information obtained by computational biology and computational chemistry is used in the design of new drugs to treat a variety of diseases. Major drug and biotechnology companies are seeking people trained in bioinformatics.

In addition to the requirements for the Major in Chemistry:
BI 201               Cell Biology or BI 203 Genetics+ 4
BT 378              Bioinformatics 4
CS 140             Introduction to Programming 4
CS 242             Data Structures 3
CS 282             UNIX Systems Programming 3
CS 265             Database Applications 3

One course from:
BI 201               Cell Biology 4
BI 203               Genetics+ 4
BI 204               Microbiology 4
BI 306               Developmental Biology+ 4
BI 353               Tree of Life: Evolutionary Systematics 4
BI 371               Molecular Biology+ 4
BI 375               Virology+ 4
BT 376              Biotechnology 4

+requires additional prerequisite courses beyond those required for the major and concentration.

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