Minor in Bioinformatics
Bioinformatics is an emerging interdisciplinary field that
studies the sequence, structure and function of genes and proteins in living
organisms. Bioinformatics requires knowledge fnd techniques from many
disciplines, including Biology and Computer Science.
When dealing with an influx of raw information, significant amount of effort
is spent on how to effectively and efficiently warehouse and access these data
and on new methods and algorithms aimed at mining this warehoused data in
order to make novel discoveries in biology, medicine, and pharmaceuticals.
Some examples of the topics are: genomics, proteomics,
phylogenetics, functional genomics, algorithm and data analysis, micro array
and gene expression, genomic medicine, biomarkers for cancer and disease, drug
discovery and design for disease and disorders, database and data mining,
network form and function, and ESL (ethical, societal, and legal) issues.
Because of the nature of the Bioinformatics minor and the need to take courses
in Biology, Chemistry, and Computer Science, this minor is geared toward
students who will major in one of the following sciences:
Biology (BI), General Science (GS), Natural Science (NS),
Computer Science (CS), or Information Science (IS). The minor generally
requires a student to take an additional 6 courses (beyond their major).
It is recommended that students declare a minor in Bioinformatics early in
their Fordham studies (ideally in the Sophomore year).
The Bioinformatics minor is available to students at both Fordham College of
Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center.
If you are interested in a minor in Bioinformatics, please contact
Dr. Gary Weiss (email@example.com) if you are at Rose Hill or Dr.
Damian Lyons (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are at Lincoln center.
The basic curriculum for the minor is listed below. Please note that the minor
generally requires only 6 courses (5 for General Science majors) even though
more than 6 courses are listed below. The reason is that many of the courses
below can be counted as a requirement or elective toward a science major. When
you declare your minor, we will provide you with the list of courses you must
take beyond your major.
Courses for the Bioinformatics Minor:
Foundation: General knowledge in Biology, Computer Science, and
Mathematical and Computational Reasoning
Biological Science I (BI 1403/1413, NS 1403/1413 or equivalent)
Biological Science II (BI 1404/1414, NS 1404/1414 or equivalent)
Computer Science (CS 1600, CS 2350 or equivalent)
General Chemistry I (no lab) (CH1321/NS1413)
General Chemistry II (no lab) (CH1322/NS1414)
Discrete Structures (CS1400, MT1100, or equivalent)
Introductory and Intermediate Knowledge
BI 2539/49 (General Genetics with lab) or NS 3033 (Genetics with lab)
BI 3752 or NS 4076 (Molecular Biology with lab) or BI 3754 (Cell
Biology) or NS 3054 (Cell and Development Biology)
CS 2500 (Information and Data Management)
CS 3500 (Database Systems)
CS 4632 (Applied Data Mining) or CS 2850 (Computer Data Analysis)
CS 4020 Bioinformatics