Biology with a Concentration in Bioinformatics

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The Bachelor of Science degree with a Concentration in Bioinformatics will combine the study of appropriate areas of biology with courses in computer science and mathematics that provide tools and algorithms.  This will equip graduates with the skills necessary to enter the fast-growing field of bioinformatics or pursue graduate work in the field.

The student must major in Biology and take the Bioinformatics CORE courses only after meeting all prerequisites.

Required courses and the number of semester hours for a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Biology with a concentration in Bioinformatics are listed below:

 
B.S.
Computer Science
3
  COSC 1301
Developing A Christian Mind
3
  DCM 2301
English
9
  ENGL 1301, 1302, 2301, and/or 2302
Fine Arts
3
  FINE 1306
Foundations for Excellence
0-1
  FOUN 1101 is required of all first year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count towards these 15 credit hours).
History
6
  HIST 1301, 1302, 2301, or 2302
Kinesiology
0-2
  KNES 1101 and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived
Mathematics
3-4
 

MATH 1303 or 1405

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Religion
6-12
  RELI 1301, 1302, and six additional semester hours depending on semester hours transferred at time of initial enrollment
Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
6
  POLS 2301 required for all students.  An additional 3 credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology
Biology Major with Bioinformatics Concentration
44
 

Minimum of 36 semester hours in biology including:
BIOL 1405Modern Concepts in Biology I

BIOL 1406   Modern Concepts in Biology II
BIOL 2405Human Anatomy and Physiology I  (S-L)
BIOL 2406Human Anatomy and Physiology II  (S-L)
BIOL 3404Genetics

In addition, the following courses are required:
CHEM 1401General Chemistry
CHEM 1402General Chemistry

The student must take an additional 16 hours of biology of which 12 hours must be Upper Level Biology electives.  BIOL 4302 and 4310 are permitted.

Bioinformatics Concentration
6-13
 

The student must be a major of Biology, Computer Science, Computer Information Science, or Mathematics and take the Bioinformatics CORE courses in the following order, after meeting all prerequisites.  The prerequisites that must be successfully taken prior to enrolling BIOL 4402 are: BIOL 1405, COSC 1301, MATH 1303 or 1307 or 1405, and an additional 3-4 hour course in Biology.

BIOL 4402   Molecular Genetics

MATH 4304  Sequence Analysis

COSC 4306  Bioinformatics Tools

BIOL 4310   Applied Bioinformatics

 
 

Electives

21-37

Sufficient to complete 126-credit-hour minimum for bachelor's degree, including 42 upper-level semester hours.

Type of Credit Hours
Credit Hours

Total General Studies

39-49
Biology Major
44
Bioinformatics
6-13
Electives
21-37
Total Credit Hours Required
126

 

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Minimum GPA Required for Graduation from Dallas Baptist University

DBU requires a minimum cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0 (comprised of transfer and DBU hours). 

 

Minor:

  • The student must take 24 hours of biology, including BIOL 1405, 1406, 2405, 2406, and 3404. The other 4-credit-hour course is elective.
  • The student must take 8 credit hours of chemistry, CHEM 1401 and 1402

 

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