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Bioinformatics: Systems Biology Emphasis

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Bioinformatics: Systems Biology Emphasis

Bachelor of Science

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The major in Bioinformatics provides students with the biological knowledge and computational skills to leverage the large variety of biological data being generated. Bioinformatics majors will be prepared to meet the growing demand for individuals who understand core biological concepts and the computational approaches needed for 21st century biology. The Bioinformatics course of study includes introductory and advanced coursework in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science. The Systems Biology track includes material specific to genetics, molecular and cellular biology, ecology, and evolution.

Major Details

College: College of Science
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
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

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
CHEM 151 4
MATH 122A & 122B or MATH 125 3
ENGL 101 3
Tier I General Education 3
ECOL 296B 1
2nd Semester
CSC 110 or ISTA 130 4
MATH 129 3
ENGL 102 3
Tier I General Education 3
CHEM 152 4
3rd Semester
CHEM 241A / 243A 4
MCB 181R / 181L 4
MATH 263 3
CSC 120 4
4th Semester
CHEM 241B / 243B 4
ECOL 182R / 182L 4
CSC 245 or MATH 243 4
BIOC 384 or MCB 301 3
5th Semester
Tier I General Education 3
CSC 250 4
CSC 345 4
MCB 304 4
6th Semester
Major Elective 3
ECOL 346 4
MCB 305 4
Tier I General Education 3
7th Semester
ECOL 302 4
Second Language 4
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
8th Semester
ECOL 335 4
Major Elective 4
Tier II General Education 3
Second Language 4

AZ Transfer Pathways

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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

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