**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 mathematics. 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
Masterâ€™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.

#### Requirements
for completing a degree in BCBM are:

##### Core
courses:

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

##### Additional
core courses for the Computational Biology track:

MATH
6313 Numerical Analysis

MATH 6343 Computational Biology

MATH 6345 Mathematical Methods in Medicine & Biology

##### Additional
core courses for the Bioinformatics track:

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 studentâ€™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.