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Bioinformatics and Computational Biology BS - Biological Sciences Concentration - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 04.00 BIOLOGICAL SCI UNCLASSFD, CIP: 26.1103 Bioinformatics)

Biological Sciences

109 Cooke Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1300

Paul Gollnick,
Professor and Chair

Lara Hutson,
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology BS - Biological Sciences Concentration Program

Academic Requirements

A minimum combined GPA of 3.0 for required courses is required for retention in the major. At the end of every semester a review of all coursework is completed, and any student not meeting the GPA minimum for four consecutive semesters will be dismissed from the major.

Academic Advice

Transfer Credit Policy

Courses from other institutions that have been previously evaluated in comparison to UB courses are listed on UB's course articulation TAURUS website. For courses not listed, students must obtain approval through a petitioning process overseen by the department. Petition forms are available in 109 Cooke Hall (North Campus). In addition to filling out a petition, the student will be asked to provide supporting documents for transfer courses, such as a catalog description and/or syllabus.

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY website.

Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Residency Requirement

A student must complete a minimum of 30 undergraduate credit hours (the equivalent of one full year of study) at the University at Buffalo in order to earn a degree from the university. The minimum residency requirement for the combined undergraduate and graduate degree is 42 credit hours, of which 18 must be undergraduate and 24 must be graduate.

The following forms of credit may not be used to fulfill the residency requirement: transfer work; proficiency exams; Advanced Placement; military training; study abroad; cross-registration; international baccalaureate credit; and experiential learning.

Prerequisite Courses

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 201 Cell Biology
BIO 305 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry
CHE 101 General Chemistry with CHE 113 Lab
CHE 102 General Chemistry with CHE 114 Lab
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry I
CSE 115 Introduction to Computer Science for Majors I
CSE 116 Introduction to Computer Science for Majors II
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II

Required Courses

BCH 419 Introduction to Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
BIO 302 Molecular Biology
BIO 319 Genetics
BIO 315 Biochemistry Lab or BIO 329 Genetics Lab
BIO 400 Bioinformatics or MTH 337 Introduction to Scientific Computing
BIO 494 Senior Capstone
BIO 498 Undergraduate Research
BIO 499 Independent Study
MTH 411 Probability or STA 301 Introduction to Probability
MTH 412 or STA 302 Introduction to Statistical Inference

Departmental Honors Requirements

Students with a GPA ≥ 3.6 may apply to the departmental honors program during Fall of the junior year. Accepted students take Honors Research in Biology (BIO 487) during Spring of the junior year, and the senior year is devoted to laboratory research where the student completes six credits of honors-level, biological research (BIO 497) in the laboratory of a UB faculty member. The research is presented at the departmental Honors symposium at the end of Spring semester. BIO 497 credits count for two of the BIO 498 requirements, and BIO 487 counts towards the UB Curriculum CL2 requirement. Students must maintain a 3.6 or greater GPA through graduation to graduate with honors. Honors students with a GPA of 3.6-3.79 will graduate with Honors. Students with GPAs of 3.8 and above will graduate with High Honors. Successful participation in the honors program and distinction level will be reflected on student diplomas.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology BS - Biological Sciences Concentration degree
Credits Required for Major89
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 29
Additional Credits Required for Electives0
Total Credits Required for Degree122

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

 
Published: Nov 21, 2019 08:27:10