What is Bioinformatics?
Bioinformatics is a scientific field that combines biology and chemistry with math and computer science.
By using bioinformatics, scientists can store, retrieve, analyze and interpret data from biological research within a computerized system. It's applied in fields like molecular medicine, veterinary science and genetic research.
In the future, medical professionals and biological scientists will use bioinformatics to transform massive amounts of raw data into an insightful understanding of the functions of genes, proteins and cells. It will lead to new developments in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, pharmaceutical breakthroughs, and improved quality of life.
Walsh University's state-of-the-art Bioinformatics laboratory opened for hands-on learning experiences in 2004. We're among a select few colleges and universities in Ohio to offer a Bioinformatics degree. Interested freshman must be top-tier students with a strong aptitude and serious interest in math and science.
What type of career can I look forward to with a Bioinformatics degree?
After graduation, our Bioinformatics students can find a career in a wide range of fields, including:
• Medicine, pharmaceuticals, genetics, nutrition, health care, cancer research, disease research, forensic science, zoology and chemistry.
This program also serves as a stepping stone for students who wish to pursue graduate degrees.
What makes Walsh's Bioinformatics program unique?
• Exclusive Program. Walsh University is among a select few colleges and universities in Ohio to offer a Bioinformatics major.
• World-Class Facilities: Students get real-world lab experience in our state-of-the-art Bioinformatics laboratory. There, they learn advanced data mining, molecular modeling and sequence comparison tactics. This program produces students who are in high demand in the field of exploratory molecular science.
In addition, students have the option to enroll in Walsh's new 4+1 Program for non-business majors who would like to supplement their bachelor's degree with an MBA. Through the program, students simultaneously earn undergraduate and graduate credit for Walsh's MBA Prep Series courses, saving both time and money as students pursue their advanced degree.
Generally speaking, what courses will I need to take?
The coursework for Bioinformatics students is a blend of biology, computer science, chemistry and math. Our students gain a considerable amount of laboratory experience.
Some specific Bioinformatics degree classes include:
• Cell Biology
• Bioinformatics Applications
• Essential Biochemistry
• Organic Chemistry
• Statistics and Calculus
• Programming Structures
• Database Techniques
What experiential learning or internship opportunities are available?
Bioinformatics undergraduate students can gain real-world experience in summer research programs.
Whom can I contact for more information?
Dr. Thomas Freeland, Director of Bioinformatics