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Where Technology Meets Biology

Rapid developments in genomic and molecular research + extreme advances in information technologies = a multitude of biological information . . . and the need for experts to compute, process, model, simulate, and analyze it.

Enter bioinformatics, a fusion of biology and IT. Specialists in this field use computational analyses to study the vast information provided by modern molecular biology—such as DNA sequences, which are growing at an unprecedented rate. With a Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics, you’ll be prepared to enter a unique and cutting-edge field of biology/medicine and analyze data that may support the creation of new pharmaceuticals, treatments for life-altering diseases, improvements in crop production, or protection of the environment.

One-of-a-Kind Program

If you’re considering a degree in bioinformatics, it pays to attend a top-ranked technological research university. Specialized computations facilities and computing laboratories offer the very latest in software and technologies. You’ll also benefit from small class sizes (the average is about 30 students) and one-on-one faculty interaction.

About the Program

  • BS graduates receive a pragmatic, quantitative education with equal focus on computation and structure, as well as molecular biology.
  • Undergraduate research is emphasized. Current professors are engaged in research projects ranging from plant molecular biology and comparative genomics to organization and evolution of disease resistance genes in grains.
  • Utilize your interest in computer science, biology, chemistry, physics, or math by getting involved with the Enterprise Program—teams of undergraduate students working on real-world products and research for industry.
  • Technology in undergraduate labs is cutting edge: DNA sequencers; up-to-date, powerful computers capable of running Linux, Unix, and Windows servers for large dataset processing; and more.
  • Get involved outside the classroom. Students at Michigan Tech get involved with any number of professional organizations—Phi Sigma, the National Biology Honor Society; Microbiology Club; Botany Club; Pre-Health Association; and more.

Program Learning Goals

All Bioinformatics graduates will:

Goal 1 integrate biological concepts and computer programming applicable to Bioinformatics.
Goal 2 apply the scientific method of investigation.
Goal 3 have the ability to collate information from diverse sources.
Goal 4 increase critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Goal 5 be aware of ethical and moral issues in their field.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Our undergraduate degree programs emphasize hands-on research at all levels. Our faculty members are advancing basic and applied research in biology and bioinformatics, and students are welcomed into their research groups.

Contact the faculty member you are interested in working with to learn more. Specific positions in each lab depend on availability and funding.

Learn more about undergraduate research.

Career Pathways

Bioinformatics represents an expanding and rapidly growing sector of biology/medicine and technology. Data handling has not kept up with the explosion of new data, which means that graduates in this field are in extremely high demand. Career opportunities are diverse and wide ranging, including genotyping, genomic sequence analysis, sequence assembly, database administration, and pharmacogenomics.

Companies and organizations that routinely recruit at Michigan Tech

  • Kimberly Clark
  • Dow
  • Smith Kline Beecham
  • Abbott Labs
  • Stryker
  • Merck Pharmaceuticals
  • Eli Lilly and Co.
  • Parke Davis
  • Pioneer Hybred
  • Medtronic
  • Government agencies
  • University research laboratories