Washington University, St. Louis Engineering

Minor in Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is a joint program of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, and the Department of Biology, College of Arts & Sciences.
Mindful of the emerging opportunities at the interface of biology and computer science, the Departments of Biology and of Computer Science and Engineering are sponsoring a Bioinformatics Minor that will serve students from both departments, as well as other students from the natural sciences and engineering with an interest in this field.
The Bioinformatics Minor requires seven courses (23-24 units) as described below:

  • Core: Bio 2960 (4u); Bio 2970 (4u); CSE 131 Computer Science I (3u); CSE 247 Data Structures and Algorithms (3u); ONE OF Math 2200 Elementary Probability and Statistics (3u), Math 3200 Elementary and Intermediate Statistics and Data Analysis (3u), OR ESE 326 Probability and Statistics for Engineering (3u)
  • Advanced Biology Elective: ONE OF Bio 3492 Laboratory Experiments with Eukaryotic Microbes (3u), Bio 4181 Population Genetics and Microevolution(3u), Bio 4342 Research Explorations in Genomics (4u), OR Bio 437 Laboratory on DNA Manipulation (4u)
  • CSE Elective: ONE OF CSE 514A Data Mining (3u), CSE 584A Algorithms for Biosequence Comparison (3u), OR CSE 587A/Bio 5495 Algorithms for Computational Biology (3u)

It is anticipated that for those students majoring in Biology or CSE, some portion of the introductory sequence will overlap with courses required for the major, and these courses will be applicable to both the major and the minor. Upper-level courses in Biology and CSE used to fulfill the minor may not be used to fulfill another major or minor in Arts and Sciences. A minimum grade of C- is required for each course that counts toward the minor.

Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering & Applied Science, Department of Computer Science & Engineering

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Phone: (314) 935-6160, Fax: (314) 935-7302

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