University of Arizona
Degree Search Header

Biology: Bioinformatics Emphasis

« Back to all degrees

Biology: Bioinformatics Emphasis

Bachelor of Science

Apply Now

Like the major in ecology and evolutionary biology, the general biology program focuses on the history, development, and interaction of living organisms on this planet. It provides a broader background, covering molecular, cellular, physiological, ecological, and evolutionary biology. Majors also study species evolution, the effect of environmental pressures on evolution, patterns of biological diversity, and species interaction within a given ecosystem. General biology prepares students for careers in a number of fields including field biology, environmental biology, physiology, botany, zoology, dentistry, and medicine. A teaching major is also offered, leading to certification to teach in Arizona public schools.

Major Details

College: College of Science
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

Select a year:

UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 122A 1
MATH 122B 4
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II 4
ECOL 182 R Introductory Biology 3
ECOL 182 L Introductory Biology Lab 1
MATH 129 Calculus II 3
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
3rd Semester
MCB 181R Introductory Biology 3
MCB 181L Introductory Biology Lab 1
CHEM 241A Lecture in Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 243A Organic Chemistry Lab I 1
First Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
CHEM 241B Lecture in Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 243B Organic Chemistry Lab II 1
MATH 263 Introduction to Statistics & Biostats 3
Physics 141 - Introductory Mechanics 4
Second Semester Second Language 4
5th Semester
ECOL 320 Genetics 4
BIOC 384 Foundations in Biochemistry 3
PHYS 241 - Introductory Electricity and Magnetism 4
CSC 127A 3
Tier I General Education 3
6th Semester
ECOL 335 Evolutionary Biology 4
CSC 127B 3
Major Elective (Cell and Molecular course) 3
Major Elective (Science & Society course) 3
Tier I General Education 3
7th Semester
ECOL 302 Ecology 4
ECOL 453/553 or MCB 416A 3
ECOL 492 or ECOL 499H 3
Major Elective (Cell and Molecular course) 4
8th Semester
ECOL 426 3
ECOL 596u 2
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

Which college/university do you attend?

Career Planning

The knowledge of biology, mathematics, and computer science gained from a major in Biology in the Bioinformatics concentration forms a valuable career foundation for a dynamic field in science and medicine. Graduates in the Bioinformatics concentration are prepared to work in data management and analysis for research, production, and medical operations. This major is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in computer science or life sciences.

Potential Career Areas

  • Research
  • Product Development
  • Data Mining
  • Data Analysis
  • Education
  • Programming
  • Consulting
  • Database Management
  • Forensics

Sample Employers

  • Research laboratories
  • Government agencies
  • Colleges and universities
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Crime laboratories
  • Medical libraries
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Bioinformatics Technician $22,600 - $53,333
Bioinformatics Scientist $34,300 - $65,000
Medical Records Technician $22,250 - $34,160
Nursing Informatics Director $48,400 - $60,526
Information Systems Manager $74,940 - $120,950
Biological Technologist $25,280 - $39,750
Data Miner $65,000 - $85,000
Clinical Data Manager $30,000 - $62,327
Quality Assurance Director, Health Care Facilities $37,000 - $80,000
Medical Librarian $37,000 - $65,000
Research Associate $21,000 - $61,000
Forensic Science Technician $26,500 - $43,200
Technology Licensing Associate $31,000 - $96,000