Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics

Program Curriculum

120 credits

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education 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.

General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
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

Bioinformatics Core Requirements

BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (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 3300Introduction to Bioinformatics3
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 4310Advanced Bioinformatics3
BIOL 4810RIndependent Research I1-2
or BIOL 4820R Independent Research II
CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215
Principles of Chemistry I (PS)
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (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
Recommended Elective Courses
The following courses, though not required, should be considered when planning elective coursework. Please contact your academic advisor for more information.
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 (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB)
5
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
CS 1400 Fundamentals of Programming 3
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
SSC 1010 Trailblazer Connections 2
 Hours16
Spring Semester
BIOL 1620
BIOL 1625
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Lab
5
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 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 (PS)
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (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 Introduction to Bioinformatics 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 4300
BIOL 4305
Molecular Biology
and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
CHEM 2320
CHEM 2325
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
5
CS 3310 Discrete Mathematics 3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
 Hours15
4th Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 3150
BIOL 3155
Biostatistics and the Scientific Method
and Biostatistics and the Scientific Method Lab
3
BIOL 4100 3
CHEM 3510
CHEM 3515
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry I Lab
4
MATH 3400 Probability & Statistics 3
General Elective 2
 Hours15
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) 3
 Hours14
 Total Hours120