Loyola University Chicago


BS in Bioinformatics

The bioinformatics major at Loyola provides students with the training and opportunities to become leaders in this ground-breaking discipline, with career advancement and post-graduate possibilities for years to come.

Graduates from Loyola's BS Bioinformatics Program will:

  • Acquire technical skills at the interface of biology, computer science, chemistry and mathematics
  • Learn biological and chemical laboratory techniques
  • Develop computer programming capabilities
  • Use mathematical and statistical techniques to analyze results from laboratory experiments and computer outputs
  • Understand key problems, proposed solutions and future challenges of the bioinformatics field
  • Demonstrate effective and ethical decision-making abilities in facing issues relating to human health and animal treatment

Students in the LUC Bioinformatics program may be interested in also checking out our accelerated BS/MS program.

Degree Requirements

Students pursuing the BS in bioinformatics must complete 21 courses in biology, chemistry, computer science, and mathematics and statistics, totaling 62 credit hours. The following courses are required:


  • BIOL 101 General Biology I (3 credits)
  • BIOL 282 Genetics (3 credits)
  • BIOL 283 Genetics Laboratory (1 credit)
  • BIOL 387 Genomics (3 credits) or BIOL 392 Metagenomics (3 credits)
  • BIOL 388 Bioinformatics (3 credits)


  • CHEM 101 General Chemistry I (3 credits) or CHEM 105 (4 credits)
  • CHEM 102 General Chemistry II (3 credits) or CHEM 106 (4 credits)
  • CHEM 223 Organic Chemistry I (3 credits) or CHEM 221 (4 credits)
  • CHEM 224 Organic Chemistry II (3 credits) or CHEM 222 (4 credits)
  • CHEM 361 Survey in Biochemistry (3 credits)

Computer Science

  • COMP 163 Discrete Structures (3 credits)
  • COMP 170 Introduction to Programming (3 credits)
  • COMP 271 Data Structures (3 credits)
  • COMP 383 Computational Biology (4 credits)

Mathematics and Statistics

  • MATH 131 Applied Calculus I (3 credits) or MATH 161 (4 credits)
  • MATH 132 Applied Calculus II (3 credits) or MATH 162 (4 credits)
  • STAT 335 Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • STAT 337 Quantitative Methods in Bioinformatics (3 credits) or STAT 336 Advanced Biostatistics (3 credits)

Students must take 2 of the following:

  • BIOL 390 Molecular Biology Laboratory (4 credits) or BIOL 391 Forensic Molecular Biology (5 credits)
  • CHEM 365 Proteomics (3 credits)
  • COMP 363 Design and Analysis of Algorithms (3 credits)


  • BIOI 397 Bioinformatics Survey or BIOI 398 Bioinformatics Internship or BIOI 399 Bioinformatics Research (≥ 1 credit)

Required courses within the major also satisfy the following university Core Curriculum requirements: scientific literacy (6 credits) and quantitative analysis (3 credits).

Honors in Bioinformatics

Graduating seniors recognized with departmental honors, Honors in Bioinformatics, excel not only in their coursework but also in their contributions to the scientific community. Students earning Honors in Bioinformatics have:

  • an overall GPA ≥ 3.5, and
  • presented their research at a peer-reviewed conference (area, national or international non-undergraduate meeting) or co-authored a peer-reviewed publication.

(*Note, GPA requirement must be fulfilled the semester prior to commencement, e.g. Fall semester for Spring commencement. Conference approval rests with the Program Director.)

Sample Course Schedules

These course schedules display how students may complete the bioinformatics major in addition to their university Core requirements in four years of study: