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Mathematics with 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 Mathematics 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 Mathematics with a Bioinformatics Concentration are listed below. Click on a course number to read the course description.

Computer Science
  COSC 1301
Developing A Christian Mind
  DCM 2301
  ENGL 1301, 1302, 2301, and/or 2302
Fine Arts  
  FINE 1306
Foundations for Excellence
  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).
  HIST 1301, 1302, 2301, or 2302
  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
Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
  BIOL 1405, plus 11 hours of laboratory science from Biology or Chemistry
  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)
  POLS 2301 required for all students.  An additional 3 credit hours may be selected from  Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology
Math Major with Bioinformatics Concentration

[eMAT Advising Tool required prior to registering for any Math class or for any class for which the eMAT is a prerquisite].

Minimum of 36 semester hours for mathematics including:

MATH 1405Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
MATH 1406Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
MATH 2309Introduction to Linear Algebra
MATH 2407Calculus and Analytic Geometry III
MATH 3301Elementary Foundations of Mathematics
MATH 4301Linear Algebra
MATH 4302Abstract Algebra (S-L)
MATH 4303Analysis (S-L)
plus an additional 9 semester hours of mathematics courses approved by the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the 3000 level or above (MATH 4304 and MATH 4310 are permitted). Substitutions for the required courses may be approved by the dean. In addition, it is highly recommended that every math major take at least two semesters of computer science and two semesters of physics.

Bioinformatics Concentration

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 1405, COSC 1301, MATH 1303 or 1307 or 1405, and an additional 3-4 hour course in Mathematics.

BIOL 4402   Molecular Genetics

MATH 4304  Sequence Analysis

COSC 4306  Bioinformatics Tools (see major)

MATH 4310  Applied Bioinformatics (see major)

  Sufficient to complete 126-credit-hour minimum for bachelor's degree, including 42 upper-level semester hours  
Type of Credit Hours
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Total General Studies

Mathematics Major
Total Credit Hours Required

(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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