2018-19
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology BS - Biological Sciences Concentration

Biological Sciences

109 Cooke Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1300
Stephen Free
Chair
Denise M. Ferkey
Director of Undergraduate Studies
(HEGIS: 04.00 BIOLOGICAL SCI UNCLASSFD, CIP: 26.1103 Bioinformatics)

Why study Bioinformatics and Computational Biology BS - Biological Sciences Concentration at UB?

The Department of Biological Sciences is the campus center for life sciences innovative learning activity and leading-edge research at the University at Buffalo. Housed within the Department of Biological Sciences, the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) program is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with training life science, mathematics and computing that are needed to the elucidate the molecular entities that govern biological organization at all levels, from molecules to ecosystems. Students qualify for the Bachelor of Science in degree BCB by successfully completing courses in mathematics, computer science, chemistry and biology, followed by a research project guided by a UB faculty member. In addition to completing foundational courses, students have the option to specialize in one of the three program sub-areas, biology, computer science or mathematics.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Develop computational skills relevant to solving problems in bioinformatics
  • Develop relevant skills in math, statistics and biology that enable success in the field of bioinformatics
  • Develop analytical skills that will allow them to identify important problems in bioinformatics and to identify solutions
  • Gain research skills that allow them to apply their academic training to real-world problems
  • Develop written and oral communication skills that are crucial to articulating research goals and reporting research results

The Learning Environment

The research and academic programs in the Department of Biological Sciences are inextricably intertwined. Our academic programs exploit the breadth and depth of our faculty’s research expertise, outstanding teaching and mentoring skills. Using a learn-by-doing philosophy, the BCB program provides students with the background knowledge and practical skills needed to succeed in the field. Students in the BCB program have the opportunity to work with faculty mentors in Biological Sciences across the University at Buffalo. Our faculty takes a cross-disciplinary approach to life sciences learning and research. Students in the BCB program will participate in nationally-recognized research projects and complete their degree requirements in a collegial, interactive atmosphere that fosters learning and discovery.

About Our Facilities

The Department of Biological Sciences is housed in Cooke and Hochstetter Halls on UB’s North Campus. The department holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate our program’s teaching philosophies. Undergraduate laboratory courses are held in 10 teaching laboratories housed in Cooke and Hochstetter Halls. The University at Buffalo houses the Center for Computational Research (CCR), a leading academic supercomputing facility, maintains a high-performance computing environment, high-end visualization laboratories, and support staff with expertise in computing, visualization, and networking. CCR, together with UB’s Nextgen sequencing core form the foundation of the Buffalo Institute for Genomics, a New York State-funded collaborative project with the NY Genome Center in New York City.

About Our Faculty

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University at Buffalo is committed to conducting innovative research and providing outstanding instruction to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our department includes both distinguished faculty and upcoming, cutting-edge researchers who teach and conduct research in life sciences in interdisciplinary fields, including Biochemistry of Gene Expression, Molecular Evolution and Genomics, Sensory Transduction and Development. The breadth of expertise among the faculty and the depth of their dedication fosters an atmosphere of discovery. We have a long tradition of excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching, as evidenced by the number of department faculty who have won awards for teaching excellence. All courses are taught by full-time faculty; no TAs or adjunct faculty contribute to departmental instruction. Approximately 40 graduate student TAs assist with undergraduate laboratories each semester.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Biological Sciences department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Holders of the Bachelor’s degree in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology can choose either to enter the workforce or go on for additional graduate level training. Graduates choosing to pursue employment will find opportunities at biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, in the health care industry or in academic/research institutions. Starting salaries range from $40-65,000. Graduates of the BSBC program have obtained employment at such places as Los Alamos National laboratory, for private consulting firms and in research laboratories around the country. Graduates choosing to pursue additional training have completed advanced degrees at such places as University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Boston University.

Academic Advising

The Departmental Undergraduate Advisor is available for consultative management of student program planning by appointment and on a drop-in basis.

Each accepted student is also assigned a faculty advisor within the department at the time of acceptance. The advisor should be consulted concerning program requirements and the selection of courses to meet those requirements.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Ms. Brandi McKnight
bagivens@buffalo.edu

Scholarships and Financial Support

he department presents five scholarships to matriculated majors:

  • The Knobloch Endowment Scholarship
  • The McCroskey Endowment Scholarship
  • Darryl Raszl Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • The Philip G. Miles Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • The Alumni Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Award criteria include both academic achievement and financial need.

Students in this program may also qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including:

Biological Sciences

109 Cooke Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1300
Stephen Free
Chair
Denise M. Ferkey
Director of Undergraduate Studies
(HEGIS: 04.00 BIOLOGICAL SCI UNCLASSFD, CIP: 26.1103 Bioinformatics)
Published: August 16, 2018 09:18:52 AM