Undergraduate Minor in Bioinformatics

UALR Joint Program

The Undergraduate Minor in Bioinformatics is jointly offered by the Biology and Information Science Departments at UALR. It is intended for students majoring in biology, computer science or information science; students with other majors are welcome but they may need to take additional courses to complete the minor requirements. The prerequisites for the minor are:

  • BIOL 1401: Science of Biology OR BIOL 1400: Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
  • CHEM 1402: General Chemistry
  • MATH 1302: College Algebra

Other courses can be substituted for these prerequisites with advisor approval

Bioinformatics Minor Required Courses

The Bioinformatics minor required courses are:

  • IFSC 1202: Intro to Object Oriented Technology OR other programming course
  • BIOL 2401: Microbiology
  • BIOL 3300: Genetics
  • BINF 3345: Introduction to Bioinformatics (Spring)
  • BINF 4445: Bioinformatics Theory and Applications (Fall)

Additionally, one elective course must be chosen with advisor approval from BIOL, CHEM, IFSC, CPSC, or STAT course catalogs.  Examples of eligible courses include:

  • IFSC 1310: Internet Technologies
  • one of IFSC 2300: Object Oriented Technology / CPSC 2376 Programming II / CPSC 2377 Intro to Game Programming
  • one of IFSC 3320: Database Concepts / CPSC 3375 Database Concepts I
  • IFSC 3360: System Analysis and Design
  • BIOL 4401: Cell Biology
  • BIOL 4417: Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 4424: Forensic DNA
  • CHEM 1403: General Chemistry II
  • STAT 2350: Intro to Statistical Methods
  • Independent Study (Research in an area related to Bioinformatics – 3 credits)
  • Internship in an area related to Bioinformatics (3 credits)