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Bioinformatics BS - Computing and Statistics Option

Missouri’s One and Only Bioinformatics Major

The University of Central Missouris' Bachelors of Science in Bioinformatics 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.

With an emphasis on computing and statistics courses, this major will give 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.

 

What will I study?

In UCM's Bioinformatics program, you will acquire knowledge and skills needed to help researchers solve complex problems in medicine, agriculture, and biology through a study of combination of computer science, biology, chemistry, and statistics.

  • 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.  
  • 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.

Experiential Learning Emphasizing Biology, Computer Science and Statistics

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

Bioinformatics - Computing and Statistics 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

Getting Involved - Student Organizations

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

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

Contact

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

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