Below is a listing
of the required and elective courses for the old Bioinformatics
and Computational Biology major, which will be superceded
by the new curriculum effective Fall 2010.
NOTE: This is not a complete list of requirements. See the UMBC
Undergraduate Catalog for the full listing of requirements
for this program, a list of participating faculty, information
about research opportunities, the Biological Sciences Tutorial
Center, and Student Organizations.
the Bioinformatics Requirements Worksheet (PDF)
NOTE: This is not a complete list of requirements. See
Undergraduate Catalog (PDF) for the full listing of
requirements for this program, a list of participating
faculty, information about research opportunities, the
Biological Sciences Tutorial Center, and Student Organizations.
|Biology (21 credits)
||Concepts of Biology
||Concepts of Biology Laboratory
||Molecular and General Genetics
||Molecular and General Genetics Laboratory
||Cell Biology Laboratory
||Seminar in Bioinformatics
|Chemistry (15 credits)
||Principles of Chemistry I
||Principles of Chemistry II
||Introductory Chemistry Lab
||Organic Chemistry I
||Organic Chemistry II
|Computer Sciences (18 credits)
||Computer Science I for majors
||Computer Science II for majors
|| Data Structures
||Database Management Systems
|Mathematics and Statistics (15
||Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
||Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
||Introduction to Probability & Statistics for Scientists
|Physics (8 credits)
||Introductory Physics I
||Introductory Physics II
A student planning to complete the
B.S. in bioinformatics & computational biology
should begin a first course in chemistry during the
first semester of the freshman year. The mathematics
sequence should also be started as soon as possible.
A total of three additional courses are required, to be
selected from the two lists below; two courses are to be
selected from List A, and one course from List B.
- Three-credit Biology Core Course ( BIOL 301, B304, B305,
or B442 - only one of these may be applied to satisfying
the major requirements for Bioinformatics & Computational
- Any BIOL 4XX elective approved for the Biology major
- Any CHEM 4XX elective approved for the Biochemistry major
(except those on List B - see below)
- CHEM 301 or CHEM 303
- CHEM 438. (NOTE: Students must successfully complete
both CHEM 437 & CHEM 438. CHEM 437 can be used as a
substitute for BIOL 430 and CHEM 438 will count as a LIST
A elective. CHEM 437 by itself will not be accepted as
fulfilling any of the major requirements for the BINF major.)
Contact the advising coordinator for
a current approved list of BIOL, CHEM, CMSC, IFSM, and MATH
courses. Evaluation of student performance is separate for
lecture and laboratory courses.
Students who wish to obtain a B.S. degree in Bioinformatics & Computational
Biology must meet the following gateway requirements:
- A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the following courses
with no grade lower than a "C."
- BIOL 100
- BIOL 302
- CHEM 101
- CHEM 102
- CMSC 201
- MATH 151
If any of the gateway courses are repeated, both the original
grade and the first repeat grade will be used in calculating
the gateway GPA. Any subsequent repeats after the first two
attempts will not be considered in the gateway GPA.
A minimum of three of the above courses must be taken at
Students who do not meet the above requirements may petition
the BINF Steering Committee and request a waiver or substitution
of the gateway requirements.
A majority of the required biology courses must be completed
in residence at UMBC. In fulfilling major requirements in
bioinformatics, a student must obtain a grade of "C" or
higher in all required courses.
Pre-requisites and co-requisites for all BIOL courses will
be enforced. Pre-requisites in all biology courses must be
satisfied with a grade of "C" or higher.
The department will adhere to university policies that limit
to three the number of times a student may register for the