Director: Dennis Brylow, Ph.D.

Bioinformatics is a field that lies at the intersection of biology, statistics and computer science and is focused on the analysis of large biological datasets. This interdisciplinary major gives students training of sufficient depth in both biology and computer science that they are competent to approach problems in bioinformatics from the perspective of both parent fields.

Bioinformatics Major

The major consists of nine required courses in Biological Sciences (26-27 credit hours), six required courses in Computer Science (20 credit hours) and three required courses in Math and Statistics (10 credit hours) for a total of 59-60 credit hours as well as three required cognate courses in Chemistry (12 credit hours).

Required Courses
Biology courses:
BIOL 1001General Biology 13
BIOL 1002General Biology 23
BIOL 2301Cell Biology3
BIOL 2201Genetics3
BIOL 4101Biochemistry and the Molecular Basis of Biology3
BIOL 4201Genomics and Bioinformatics3
Upper division BIOL course3
BIOL lab courses: choose two from the following:5-6
Foundations in Biological Inquiry
Experimental Genetics
Experimental Cell Biology
Experimental Molecular Biology
Computer Science courses:
COSC 1010Introduction to Computer Programming4
COSC 1020Object-Oriented Software Design4
COSC 2100Data Structures and Algorithms 13
COSC 4610Data Mining3
COSC 4800Principles of Database Systems3
COSC 3090Bioinformatics Algorithms3
Bioinformatics Capstone course (New 2018)3
Mathematics and Statistics courses:
MATH 1450Calculus 14
MATH 4740Biostatistical Methods and Models3
or MATH 4720 Statistical Methods
MATH 2100Discrete Mathematics3
or MATH 2350 Foundations of Mathematics
Total Credit Hours59-60
Required Cognate Courses:
CHEM 1001General Chemistry 14
or CHEM 1013 General Chemistry 1 for Majors
CHEM 1002General Chemistry 24
or CHEM 1014 General Chemistry 2 for Majors
CHEM 2111Organic Chemistry 14
or CHEM 2113 Organic Chemistry for Majors 1
Total Credit Hours12

Typical Program for Bioinformatics Majors

First TermHoursSecond TermHours
BIOL 10013BIOL 10023
COSC 10104COSC 10204
ENGL 10013ENGL 10023
MATH 14504MATH 21003
 BIOL 1101 (or UCCS-Hist. of Cultures & Soc. )12-3
 14 15-16
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
BIOL 23013BIOL 22013
CHEM 1001 or 10134CHEM 1002 or 10144
MATH 47403COSC 21003
THEO 10013PHIL 10013
UCCS-Indv. & Soc. Behav3Elective3
 16 16
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
COSC 30903COSC 46103
COSC 48003BIOL upper division elective3
BIOL 41013BIOL lab course3
CHEM 2111 or 21134PHIL 23103
UCCS-Lit./Performing Arts3Elective23
 16 15
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
BIOL 42013Bioinformatics Capstone course3
BIOL lab course or UCCS-Hist. of Cultures & Soc.3UCCS-Diverse Cultures3
 15 13
Total credit hours: 120-121

BIOL 1101 is a recommended lab course and, if taken, should be taken in this term.


Possible electives include COSC 4600 Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence, MATH 3100 Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory, MATH 4780 Regression Analysis, BIOL 3601 Animal DevelopmentBIOL 3501 Neurobiology, BIOL 3406 Plant Biology , CHEM 2112 Organic Chemistry 2 or CHEM 2114 Organic Chemistry for Majors 2, and Introductory Physics.