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Computer Science with a Concentration in Bioinformatics Degree Requirements

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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 that field.

The student must major in Computer Science 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 Computer Science with a Bioinformatics Concentration are listed below. Click on a course number to read the course description.

 
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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Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
15
  PHYS 1401 PHYS 1402, and BIOL 1405 plus 3 lower-level credit hours of laboratory science.
Religion
6-12
  RELI 1301, 1302, and six additional semester hours depending on semester hours transferred at the 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
Computer Science Major with Bioinformatics Concentration
46
 

A minimum of 34 core credit hours of computer science, including:
COSC 1405Foundations of Computer Science I
COSC 1408Foundations of Computer Science II
COSC 2403Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
COSC 2406Data Structures
COSC 3301Database Management Systems
COSC 3405Organization and Architecture
COSC 3406Networks and Telecommunication
COSC 4308Senior Project in Computer Science (S-L)

COSC 4402   Software Engineering (S-L)

Along with 6 upper-level credit hours of COSC electives (COSC 4306 and 4310 are permitted) plus the following courses:
MATH 2309Introduction to Linear Algebra
MATH 3302Discrete Mathematics

Additional credit hours in selected concentration:
In addition, computer science majors must take at least 12 upper-level semester hours for the bioinformatics concentration.

Bioinformatics Concentration
6-13
 

The student must major in 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 in BIOL 4402 are: BIOL 1401, COSC 1301, MATH 1303 or 1307 or 1405, and an additional 3-4 hour course in Computer Science.

BIOL 4402   Molecular Genetics

MATH 4304  Sequence Analysis

COSC 4306   Bioinformatics Tools (see major)

COSC 4310  Applied Bioinformatics (see major)

Electives

     Sufficient to complete 126-credit-hour minimum for

     bachelor's degree, including 42 upper-level semester

     hours.

4-20

 

Type of Credit Hours
Credit Hours

Total General Studies

54-64
Computer Information Science Major
46
Bioinformatics
6-13
Electives
4-20
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).

 

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