MS in Bioinformatics Program

The CS option for the MS in Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary degree that requires 36 credit hours of coursework. It can be counted towards the Ph.D. in Computer Science.

Degree Requirements

Requirements presented as a Table.

Total Coursework Hours – 36

Coursework Requirements

  • CS 411 and CS 473 - currently CS 498 DL1- (or 573) – must be taken for 4 credits each
  • Stats 410 – must be taken for 4 credit hours
  • One bioinformatics course (must be taken four 4 credit hours): CS 466, ANSC 542, ANSC 545, CHBE 571, CHEM 574, CPSC 567, IB 467, MCB 432
  • One biological science course (must be taken for 4 credit hours): ANSC 441, ANSC 444, ANSC 446, ANSC 447, BIOP 401, BIOP 420, BIOP 550, CPSC 452, CPSC 563, CPSC 564, CPSC 566, MCB 400, MCB 450, MCB 501, MCB 502
  • CS Electives: 12 credit hours. This can be any CS graduate level course (400 or 500-level), except for CS 591. In addition, only 4 credit hours of CS 597, Independent Study, may be applied.
  • One additional 4-credit hour graduate course (may be from the bioinformatics or biological science categories above)

Other Requirements

  • A minimum of 12 credit hours must be at the 500-level.
  • Any course taken for letter grade must have a grade of C or higher.
  • Must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • All degree requirements must be completed within five consecutive semesters (only fall and spring terms counted).

MS in Bioinformatics Requirements Table

Credit Hours Hours
Total Credit for the Degree 36
Course Work 36

CS 411 and CS 473 (or CS 573)

8

STAT 410

4

One bioinformatics course: ANSC 542, ANSC 545, CHBE 571, CHEM 574, CPSC 567, IB 467, MCB 432

4

One biological science course: ANSC 441, ANSC 444, ANSC 446, ANSC 447, BIOP 401, BIOP 420, BIOP 550, CPSC 452, CPSC 563, CPSC 564, CPSC 566, MCB 400, MCB 450, MCB 501, MCB 502

4

CS Electives: Any CS graduate level course (400 or 500-level) except for CS 591. In addition, only 4 credit hours of CS 597, Independent Study, may be applied.

12

One additional 4-credit hour graduate course (may be from the bioinformatics or biological science categories above)

4
Other requirements and Conditions (may overlap):*
  • A minimum of 12 500-level credit hours overall.
  • The minimum program GPA is 3.0
  • All degree requirements must be completed within five consecutive semesters (only fall and spring semesters are counted).