The Bioinformatics Minor is offered cooperatively by the the Departments of Biology, Computer Science and Software Engineering, Microbiology, and Statistics. Bioinformatics, the application of computation to problems in molecular biology, is a fast-growing field of significant importance in both academia and industry. Students completing a bioinformatics minor gain basic knowledge of biology and programming needed to work in this area, as well as an understanding of how computational techniques can be used to advance our knowledge of the life sciences and biomedicine. Bioinformatics is being applied increasingly to research areas as diverse as personalized medicine, evolution, structural biology, and population genetics.
The Molecular Biology Minor is offered cooperatively by the Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Microbiology, and enables students to pursue in depth a multidisciplinary study of biological phenomena at the molecular level. It provides a strong foundation for students planning careers in biotechnology industries or advanced work at the graduate level.