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Bioinformatics at St. Mary’s

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary and growing field in science for solving biological, biomedical and biochemical problems with the help of computer science, mathematics and information technology.

Bioinformaticians are in high demand not only in research but also in academia because few people have the education and skills to fill available positions.

The Bioinformatics program prepares students for graduate school, medical school or entry into the field.

Bioinformatics is highly applicable to all branches of life sciences and also to fields like personalized medicine and pharmacogenomics – the study of how genes affect a person’s response to drugs.

SET Top Majors, Biology

Bioinformatics Courses

Students take 30 credit hours of core Bioinformatics classes, which includes internship or research and a Bioinformatics Capstone course.

Classes include:

  • Big Data Concepts
  • Algorithms for Computational Biology
  • Bioinformatics Programming with R

Career Opportunities in Bioinformatics

The Bioinformatics program at St. Mary’s gives students the knowledge and tools to pursue graduate school, medical school or enter into a number of careers, depending on the track they choose.

Bioinformatics class, Fall 2019

Career possibilities include:

  • Bioinformatician – entry level
  • Bioinformatics Data Analyst, Programmer or Specialist
  • Biostatistician Assistant
  • Biostatistical Consultant
  • Clinical Data Analyst/Reporter
  • Data Scientist – entry level
  • Informatics Analyst
  • Research Associate
  • Solutions/Software Engineer – entry level
  • Technician

Outside the Classroom

Students can customize their experience by joining clubs, attending events, or participating in activities and special programs such as:

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