Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics

The Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics degree has three basic components:

  1. General Education and Institutional Requirements (some may also be included in program requirements)
  2. Bioinformatics Core Requirements
  3. Electives: college-level courses from any prefix to meet Graduation Requirements

DSU General Education & Institutional Requirements

All DSU General Education and Institutional requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

Institutional Requirement in Computer Literacy
Computer Literacy0-6
General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
Information Literacy0-1
Mathematics3-5
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Literature/Humanities3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
Two (2) Global & Cultural Perspectives Courses0-6
Bioinformatics Core Requirements
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Lab 1
5
BIOL 1620
BIOL 1625
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Lab
5
BIOL 3010Evolution3
BIOL 3030Principles of Genetics4
BIOL 3150
BIOL 3155
Biostatistics and the Scientific Method
and Biostatistics and the Scientific Method Lab
3
BIOL 33003
BIOL 3550
BIOL 3555
Eukaryotic Cell Biology
and Eukaryotic Cell Biology Lab
4
BIOL 4300
BIOL 4305
Molecular Biology
and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
BIOL 43103
BIOL 4810RIndependent Research I1-2
or BIOL 4820R Independent Research II
CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab 1
5
CHEM 1220
CHEM 1225
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
5
CHEM 2310
CHEM 2315
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
5
CHEM 2320
CHEM 2325
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
5
CHEM 3510
CHEM 3515
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry I Lab
4
CS 1400Fundamentals of Programming 13
CS 1410Object Oriented Programming 13
CS 2420Introduction to Algorithms and Data Structures3
CS 3310Discrete Mathematics3
CS 3510Advanced Algorithms/Data Structures3
CS 4307Database Design & Management3
MATH 1210Calculus I 14
MATH 1220Calculus II4
MATH 2270Linear Algebra3
MATH 3400Probability & Statistics3
1

 Course may be used to meet both Bioinformatics Core and General Education requirements.

Recommended Elective Courses
The following courses, though not required, should be considered when planning elective coursework. Please contact your academic advisor for more information.
BIOL 3800
BIOL 4100
CS 3005Programming in C++3
MATH 2280Ordinary Differential Equation3
MATH 3500Numerical Analysis3

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency, with at least 15 credits earned in the last 45 credits
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher required in each Bioinformatics core course
Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Lab
5
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
CS 1400 Fundamentals of Programming 3
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
LIB 1010 Information Literacy 1
 Hours15
Spring Semester
BIOL 1620
BIOL 1625
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Lab
5
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: 3
CS 1410 Object Oriented Programming 3
General Education (American Institutions) 3
 Hours14
2nd Year
Fall Semester
CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab
5
MATH 1210 Calculus I 4
BIOL 3010 Evolution 3
CS 2420 Introduction to Algorithms and Data Structures 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
CHEM 1220
CHEM 1225
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
5
MATH 1220 Calculus II 4
BIOL 3030 Principles of Genetics 4
General Elective 3
 Hours16
3rd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 3300 3
BIOL 3550
BIOL 3555
Eukaryotic Cell Biology
and Eukaryotic Cell Biology Lab
4
CHEM 2310
CHEM 2315
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
5
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
BIOL 3150
BIOL 3155
Biostatistics and the Scientific Method
and Biostatistics and the Scientific Method Lab
3
CHEM 2320
CHEM 2325
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
5
CS 3310 Discrete Mathematics 3
General Education (Fine Arts / GLOCUP) 3
 Hours14
4th Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 4100 3
BIOL 4300
BIOL 4305
Molecular Biology
and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
CHEM 3510
CHEM 3515
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry I Lab
4
MATH 3400 Probability & Statistics 3
General Elective 3
 Hours17
Spring Semester
BIOL 4310 3
BIOL 4820R Independent Research II 2
CHEM 3520 Biochemistry II 3
CS 4307 Database Design & Management 3
General Education (Exploration / GLOCUP) 3
 Hours14
 Total Hours120