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2015-16 College Catalog

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Bioinformatics - A.A. Degree (Transfer)

An Arts and Sciences Area of Study

Application Code 202

For curriculum information, contact the Science, Engineering, and Technology Division—Room ST-248—443-518-1600.

This curriculum is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree in Bioinformatics. Bioinformatics blends biological sciences and technology so that the discovery, manipulation, storage, and extension of data can be accomplished. The program includes coursework in biology and computer science and emphasizes the use and handling of data. Technical courses provide basic knowledge of programming languages, databases and the Internet. The program prepares graduates for careers in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Students should be familiar with the curriculum requirements of the institution to which they intend to transfer.

General Education Core

Students enrolled in transfer patterns must take a minimum of 30 credits in General Education. Each student’s total of general education and required courses must equal at least 60 semester hours of credit.

English Composition

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENGL-121College Composition

3

Arts & Humanities

Course NumberTitleCredits
-Arts & Humanities Core Group A

3

-Arts & Humanities Core Group B

3

Social & Behavioral Sciences

Course NumberTitleCredits
-Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Group A

3

-Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Group B

3

Biological & Physical Sciences

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL-101General Biology I

4

CHEM-101General Inorganic Chemistry I

4

CHEM-102General Inorganic Chemistry II

4

Mathematics

Course NumberTitleCredits
MATH-181Calculus I

4

-or higher core course

Required Courses Related to Major

Course NumberTitleCredits
BFMT-200Bioinformatics

3

BIOL-201Genetics

3

BIOL-202Genetics Lab

1

BIOL-205Cell Biology

4

CHEM-201Organic Chemistry I

4

CHEM-202Organic Chemistry II

4

CMSY-141Computer Science I

4

CMSY-171Computer Science II

4

Arts & Sciences -Arts & Sciences Elective

2

Total Credit Hours: 60

A graduate should be able to

  1. 1. Understand fundamental biological processes at organism, cellular, and molecular levels.
  2. 2. Understand computer programming methodology and be able to apply software tools for biological data analysis.
  3. 3. Identify, understand, evaluate, and apply ethical reasoning to problems, dilemmas, and issues in bioinformatics.