Everyone has talents in different areas; yours are split between biology and computers. Combine the two into a unique major—bioinformatics. You’ll use your crazy-smart skills in this rapidly expanding area to interpret the vast information provided by modern molecular biology. You’ll have an equal emphasis on computation and structure, as well as genetics (molecular biology).
What You Need to Know About This Program
- The department has an upgraded DNA sequencer and state-of-the-art lab equipment.
- Get involved with undergraduate research in areas such as genomics and gene promoters or creating applications for Citizen Science.
- You’ll get to work on projects in gene analysis from several biological systems in the areas of biological sciences and forestry.
- Internships are available with the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program.
- Students have many co-op opportunities at companies such as IBM, CIA, and Hewlett-Packard.
- You can get free help on your assignments or work for the Biological Sciences Learning Center.
As a bioinformatics major, you’ll use classroom theory and discussions to apply applications in your labs and research. Many bioinformatics graduates have gone on to work in pharmaceuticals, forensics, and with government agencies including the CDC, FBI, and NIH while other graduates have gone on to attend medical or graduate school. With bioinformatics, you’ll be able to read all the signs on the road to success.