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Bioinformatics and Computational Biology BS - Biological Sciences Concentration - Applying to the Program

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

Department of 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

Becoming a Bioinformatics and Computational Biology BS - Biological Sciences Concentration Student

Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank (where applicable), strength of the high school academic record and SAT or ACT scores. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered. For the 2019 admitted freshman class, UB reported an average GPA range from 90-96, an average ACT score of 24-30 and an average SAT score of 1180-1350.
The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:

  • Four years of English (with a substantial writing component).
  • Four years of social studies.
  • Three years of college-preparatory science.
  • Three years of a second language.
  • Three years of college-preparatory mathematics.

Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

Freshman Admission to the Program

Transfer Admission to the Program

Students transferring to UB are admitted directly to the BCB major if they meet the 3.000 combined minimum GPA in courses equivalent to BIO 200, BIO 201, CHE 101, CHE 102, MTH 141, MTH 142, CSE 115, and CSE 116.

Transfer students are reminded that at least 16 credit hours of upper-division coursework must be completed within the department with a minimum GPA of 3.000 for degree conferral.

Current UB Students Applying to the Program

Students may indicate a preference to major in BCB/Biological Sciences at any time, although acceptance into the major occurs only after a review of a student's progress at the end of four semesters of coursework. In exceptional circumstances, a student who wishes to major in Bioinformatics may request a waiver or modification of the acceptance requirements. A minimum combined GPA of 3.000 in BIO 200, BIO 201, CHE 101, CHE 102, MTH 141, and MTH 142 is required for acceptance to the program.

It is recommended that all prerequisite courses be completed by the end of the fourth semester.

Suggested Introductory Courses

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
CHE 101 General Chemistry
MTH 141 College Calculus I

Published: Dec 21, 2020 12:25:36