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**Master
of Science in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology**

The Master
of Science in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCBM)
is offered jointly by the Departments of Mathematical Sciences and Molecular
and Cell Biology. This program will combine coursework from the disciplines of
biology, computer science, and mathematical sciences. The BCBM program seeks to answer the demand for a new breed of
scientist who has fundamental understanding in the fields of biology,
mathematics, statistics, and computer science. With this interdisciplinary
training, these scientists will be well prepared to meet the demand and
challenges that have arisen and will continue to develop in the biotechnology
arena.

Faculty from
both Mathematical Sciences (MMS) and Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) will
participate in the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program, with the
Mathematical Sciences Department serving as the administrative unit. Both
departments will participate in advising students.

For the
Master’s degree in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, beginning students
are expected to have completed multivariate calculus, linear algebra, two
semesters of general Chemistry, two semester of organic Chemistry, two
semesters of general physics, programming in C/C++, and two semesters of
biology.

**Degree
Requirements**

BIO
5410 Biochemistry

BIO 5420 Molecular Biology

BIO 5381 Genomics

STAT 5351 Probability and Statistics I

STAT 5352 Probability and Statistics II

MATH 6341 Bioinformatics

MATH
6313 Numerical Analysis

MATH 6343 Computational Biology

MATH 6345 Mathematical Methods in Medicine & Biology

CS
5333 Discrete Structures

CS 5343 Algorithms Analysis and Data Structures

CS 6360 Database Design

**Elective**: A minimum of 7 semester credit hours of elective, approved by
the student’s adviser. Typically, electives are 6000- and 7000- level courses
in mathematical sciences, biology or computer science.

Courses from
other disciplines may also be used upon approval.

Last Updated: March 1, 2011