B.S. Computer Science: Bioinformatics

The Bioinformatics field is an increasingly important sub-discipline in computer science. The demand for computer science graduates who can apply their knowledge in the life sciences is large, and is expected to continue to grow. Students who choose this path are still computer science majors but have a concentration in the life sciences. The option has the same core as the B.S. program but requires appropriate coursework in chemistry, biology, genetics and statistics.

Computer Science focuses on problem solving with a particular emphasis on the design of computer-efficient solutions. Within a few years of obtaining a bachelor's degree in either of the two Computer Science options, our alumni will have:

  1. Engaged in successful careers in diverse areas of software development and will already have, or be pursuing, advanced degrees in Computer Science or related fields;
  2. Applied the full range of core Computer Science concepts and techniques to fill software development needs of an organization or a firm;
  3. Adapted to changing directions of computing technology and used state-of-the-art techniques to confront new problems effectively;
  4. Navigated the complex interconnections between software and the goals and constraints of the organization/firm served;
  5. Participated responsibly in the pervasive and changing role of computing technology in global society as both software engineers and citizens;
  6. Operated professionally in a team environment, and assumed leadership roles.

For information on student outcomes click here. Detailed descriptions of the required and elective computer science courses and their mapping onto the student outcomes can be found here.

The B.S. in Computer Science: Bioinformatics program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012. Phone: (410) 347-7700. www.abet.org

The program is designed to prepare students for employment and/or graduate study. Most courses require heavy computer use, and the laboratories stress hands-on experience with building software systems.

If a student wishing to transfer into the computer science major has any coursework that is applicable to the major, the grades in those courses must satisfy the minimum grade requirements for the B.S. degree in computer science. The student must have an overall grade-point average of 2.00 or better in all courses taken at UNH.

B.S. in Computer Science: Bioinformatics requirements:

Computer science: Bioinformatics majors must complete the following coursework in computer science, mathematics, computer engineering, science and English (all courses are 4 credits unless indicated otherwise):

Computer Science: Bioinformatics courses:

Computer Science courses:

One of the Course sequences:
CS 415, Introduction to Computer Science I, and CS 416, Introduction to Computer Science II; or CS 414, From Problems to Algorithms, and CS 417, From Programs to Computer Science; or CS 410, Introduction to Scientific Programming, and CS 417, From Programs to Computer Science

CS 400, Introduction to Computing (1 cr)

IT 403, Introduction to Internet Technologies

CS 501, Professional Ethics and Communication in Technology-Related Fields

CS 515, Data Structures

CS 520, Assembly Language Programming and Machine Organization

CS 619, Introduction to Software Design and Development

CS 620, Operating System Fundamentals

CS 659, Introduction to the Theory of Computation

CS 671, Programming Language Concepts and Features

CS 775, Database Systems

CS 758, Algorithms (CS theory)

CS 7.., CS WI elective

CS 791, Senior Project I (senior capstone experience) (2 cr)

CS 792, Senior Project II (senior capstone experience) (2 cr)

Mathematics courses:

MATH 425, Calculus I

MATH 426, Calculus II

MATH 531, Mathematical Proof

MATH 539 or MATH 644, Statistics

MATH 739 or MATH 740, Statistics 2

Electrical and computer engineering course:

ECE 543, Introduction to Digital Systems

Science courses:

BIOL 411, Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular

BIOL 412, Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology

GEN 604, Principles of Genetics

CHEM 405, Chemical Principles for Engineers

GEN 711, Genomics and Bioinformatics

Other courses:

ENGL 502, Technical Writing

Discovery requirements not already covered by required courses

Computer Science Bioinformatics majors must maintain an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in all required computer science, mathematics, computer engineering, biology, chemistry and genetics courses in order to graduate. If at the end of any semester, including the first, a student’s cumulative grade-point average in these courses falls below 2.0, the student may not be allowed to continue as a CS:Bioinformatics major.

CS 414 and CS 410 must be passed with a B- or better. The following courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better: IT 403, CS 415, CS 416, CS 417, CS 515, and CS 520. If a student wishing to transfer into the Bioinformatics major has any coursework that is applicable to the major, the grades in those courses must satisfy the minimum grade requirements for the B.S. degree in CS: Bioinformatics. The student must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in all courses taken at the University.