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Bioinformatics BS - Biological Science Option

Missouri’s One and Only Program

The Bachelors of Science in Bioinformatics at the University of Central Missouri is the first and only bachelor’s degree program at a Missouri Public Institution of Higher Education.  This innovative interdisciplinary program will prepare students to provide technical support for researchers in medicine, agriculture, and other biological fields.

What will I study?

Students in the Bioinformatics program will learn the knowledge and skills to help researchers solve complex problems in medicine, agriculture, and biology.  Students study a combination of computer science, biology, chemistry, and statistics. The combination of computing and statistics courses, will give the students the background to use technology to analyze and visualize large data sets, such as data from genomic studies of patients or population-based epidemiology.  

While the biology and chemistry courses will improve the student’s ability to understand the context of the problem being studied and communicate with the primary investigators to extract meaningful information from a raw data set.

Experiential Learning

During their Junior and Senior year students will take a combination of specialized classes designed for this program that allow them to experience the data collection and analysis process through the lens of  computer science and math, as well as biology, which will uniquely prepare you to be a central part of a research team. In addition, students in this major get access to selected upper-level courses in the Biology, Computer Science, and Statistics programs, which further expands your cross training in this collaborative field.

Getting involved - Student Organizations

Explore Computing, Biology, Agriculture and Statistics outside the classroom by getting involved in one or more if the following student organizations.

  • Association of Computing Machinery
  • Agriculture Club
  • Beta Beta Beta Biology Honors Society
  • UCM Statistics Club

Career Opportunities

The career outlook for Bioinformatics is ever expanding with several companies in the MidWest employing bioinformaticians including:

  • Bayer
  • Cerner
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics
  • Merc
  • Monsanto
  • MRIGlobal
  • PRA Health Sciences
  • Saint Luke's Health System
  • Stowers Institute for Medical Research
  • University of Kansas Medical Center

Contact

Paul Plummer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator
WCM 206B
Tel: (660) 543-4433
Fax: (660) 543-8013

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