Loyola University Chicago


BS Biology / MS Bioinformatics

About the BS/MS Program

This accelerated program facilitates the completion of both the BS in Biology and MS in Bioinformatics in just 5 years (in comparison to the 6 years required to pursue the BS and MS separately). Students apply during the spring of their Junior year. The MS component of this program includes two tracks: Non-thesis (internship-based) and Thesis (research based).

Loyola's BS Biology/MS Bioinformatics Program will prepare you with:

  •  technical skills at the interface of biology, computer science, chemistry and statistics;
  •  biological and chemical laboratory techniques;
  •  computer programming capabilities;
  •  statistical techniques to analyze results from laboratory experiments and computer outputs
  •  an understanding of key problems, proposed solutions, and future challenges of the bioinformatics field; and
  •  the ability to conduct bioinformatics study in industry and/or the research environment.

Application Information

Applicants must be a declared BS Biology major and be in junior standing (based upon credit hours earned) at the time of applying. Applications are accepted each spring semester through Loyola's online system. Only applications submitted through this system by the deadline will be considered by the admissions committee. Applications are due March 15.

In addition to the credit hour requirement, candidates for admission must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 for all coursework at Loyola
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA in at least five courses in the Biology major, three of which must be at the 300 level

Students are strongly encouraged to have completed Bioinformatics (BIOL 388) prior to applying.

Application Materials:

  • two letters of recommendation,
  • a current resume/ curriculum vitae, and
  • a brief (500-1000) statement of purpose including intended track and Faculty labs of interest for potential Thesis students.

BIOL 101 General Biology I (3 credits)
BIOL 111 General Biology I Lab (1 credit)
BIOL 102 General Biology II (3 credits)
BIOL 112 General Biology II Lab (1 credit)
BIOL 251 Cell Biology (3 credits)
BIOL 265 Ecology (3 credits)
BIOL 282 Genetics (3 credits)
BIOL 283 Genetics Lab (3 credits)

CHEM 101 General Chemistry A (3 credits)
CHEM 111 General Chemistry Lab A (1 credit)
CHEM 102 General Chemistry B (3 credits)
CHEM 112 General Chemistry Lab B (1 credit)
CHEM 223 Organic Chemistry A (3 credits)
CHEM 225 Organic Chemistry Lab A (1 credit)
CHEM 224 Organic Chemistry B (3 credits)
CHEM 226 Organic Chemistry Lab B (1 credit)

MATH 131 Applied Calculus I (3 credits)
MATH 132 Applied Calculus II (3 credits)

PHYS 111 Physics I (3 credits) 
PHYS 111L Physics Lab I (1 credit)
PHYS 112 Physics II (3 credits)
PHYS 112L Physics Lab II (1 credit)

  • 1 additional lab is required (1+ credit)

BIOL 388 Bioinformatics (3 credits)
CHEM 361 Biochemistry (3 credits)
STAT 335 Intro to Biostatistics (3 credits)
STAT 437 Quantitative Bioinformatics (3 credits) [BS+MS credit]
Bioinformatics BIOL Electives (6 credits) [BS+MS credits]
Biology Elective (1+ credit)

BIOI 500 Advanced Bioinformatics (3 credits)
BIOI 501 Bioinformatics Seminar (1 credit)
BIOI 565 Exploring Proteins or CHEM 465 Proteomics (3 credits)
COMP 483 Computational Biology (4 credits)

UNIV 370 Responsible Conduct in Research and Scholarship 2 day workshop (0 credits)
BIOI 494 Bioinformatics Research Design (1 credit)
BIOI 499 Bioinformatics Research (8 credits)
BIOI 595 Thesis (1 credit)

3 Bioinformatics Electives (9 credits)
BIOI 498 Bioinformatics Internship (1 credit)


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

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:

Sample Schedule BIOL Non-thesis

Sample Schedule BIOL Thesis