Bioinformatics Minor

A minor in bioinformatics is available on both the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses. Bioinformatics is an emerging interdisciplinary field fusing mainly biological sciences and computer sciences and encompassing the knowledge and tools of other science disciplines. Bioinformatics studies the sequence, structure, and function of genes and proteins in all living organisms, including the human species. When dealing with an influx of raw information, a significant amount of effort is spent on how to effectively and efficiently warehouse and access these data and on new methods and algorithms aimed at mining this warehoused data in order to make novel discoveries in biology, medicine, and pharmaceuticals. Some examples of the topics are genomics, proteomics, phylogenetics, systems biology, DNA microarray gene expression, protein chip, and next generation sequencing (NGS) data analysis, genomic medicine, biomarkers for cancer and disease, drug discovery and design for disease and disorders, database and data mining, network form and function, and ESL (ethical, societal, and legal) issues.

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The following courses are required for the Bioinformatics minor.

CourseTitleCredits
CHEM/NSCI 1321GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (no lab)4
CHEM/NSCI 1322GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (no lab)4
MATH 1205APPLIED STATISTICS (or equivalent)3
BISC 2539/NSCI 3133GENERAL GENETICS (NSCI 3133 was formerly NSCI 3033.)3
BISC 2549/NSCI 3833GENERAL GENETICS LAB2
BISC 3754/NSCI 3154CELL BIOLOGY (NSCI 3154 was formerly NSCI 3054.)3
CISC 4020BIOINFORMATICS4

Intro Biology I & II with Lab must be taken to fulfill the Natural Science Core Requirement.

CourseTitleCredits
BISC/NSCI 1403INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY I3
BISC/NSCI 1413INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY LAB I2
BISC/NSCI 1404INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY II3
BISC/NSCI 1414INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY LAB II2

Certain majors are required to complete certain additional courses (often taken as electives in their major) to earn the Bioinformatics minor.

Computer Science majors must also take:

Biological Sciences (RH) majors must also take:

Natural Science (LC) majors must also take:

General Science (RH) majors must also take:

Availability

The minor in bioinformatics is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center.