Biochemistry and Molecular Biology BS/Bioinformatics MS(non-thesis)

Career and Academic Opportunities

The field of bioinformatics has grown tremendously, driven by remarkable advances in computational analyses, DNA sequencing, and other genomic technologies. Today more than ever, massive amounts of omics data are being generated and the wealth of information within these datasets is continually being mined to increase our knowledge and understanding of not only human health and disease but also of thousands of animal, plant, and microbial species. The demand for workers with advanced bioinformatics experience is large and will continue to grow.

The Institute of Bioinformatics is comprised of faculty members whose research interests cover a broad spectrum of bioinformatics research in the areas of genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, glycomics, and pharmacological informatics. Students who successfully complete the graduate program in bioinformatics will learn to use high-performance computing and to employ experimental and statistical approaches for the analysis of complex biological datasets. Acquiring these skills will provide graduates with a competitive advantage when seeking employment in many science-related economic sectors including biotechnology, life and medical sciences, agriculture, and government agencies such as the CDC, Department of Energy, FDA, and USDA. In addition, an M.S. in bioinformatics can serve as an excellent foundation for the pursuit of more advanced degrees in science and medicine.