Loyola University Chicago


BS Biology / MS in Bioinformatics

In 5 years, students can earn both a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology and a Master of Science (MS) in Bioinformatics.

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) or prior experience/exposure to computer programming prior to applying. Applicants must specify which of the two tracks - thesis or non-thesis - they wish to pursue. Applicants to the Thesis track are strongly encouraged to contact faculty of interest prior to applying.

Application Materials:

  • official college transcripts,
  • two letters of recommendation,
  • a current resume/ curriculum vitae, and
  • a brief (500 word maximum) statement of purpose. Students wishing to pursue the thesis track need to include in this statement the faculty lab(s) of interest.

Degree Requirements

Students in the accelerated BS Biology /MS Bioinformatics program must complete the following courses to fulfill the requirements both degrees. Note, this course listing is for the BS Biology degree (no emphasis); BS Biology with Molecular emphasis degree requirements differ slightly and can be found below‌.

Undergraduate-level Coursework:


  • BIOL 101 General Biology I (3 credits)
  • BIOL 111 General Biology I Laboratory (1 credit)
  • BIOL 102 General Biology II (3 credits)
  • BIOL 112 General Biology II Laboratory (1 credit)
  • BIOL 251 Cell Biology (3 credits)
  • BIOL 265 Ecology (3 credits)
  • BIOL 282 Genetics (3 credits)
  • BIOL 388 Bioinformatics (3 credits) [can count towards BIOL BS elective requirements]
  • One of the following:
    • BIOL 252 Cell Biology Laboratory (1 credit)
    • BIOL 266 Ecology Laboratory (1 credit)
    • BIOL 283 Genetics Laboratory (1 credit)
  • Biology Electives* (4 credits) Two elective courses must include a laboratory component. For a listing of available laboratory courses, click here.


  • CHEM 101 General Chemistry I (3 credits) or CHEM 105 (4 credits)
  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry Laboratory I (1 credit)
  • CHEM 102 General Chemistry II (3 credits) or CHEM 106 (4 credits)
  • CHEM 112 General Chemistry Laboratory II (1 credit)
  • CHEM 223 Organic Chemistry I (3 credits) or CHEM 221 (4 credits)
  • CHEM 225 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1 credit)
  • CHEM 224 Organic Chemistry II (3 credits) or CHEM 222 (4 credits)
  • CHEM 226 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1 credit)
  • CHEM 361 Survey in Biochemistry (3 credits) [can count towards BIOL BS elective requirements]

Mathematics and Statistics

  • MATH 131 Applied Calculus I (3 credits) or MATH 161 (4 credits)
  • MATH 132 Applied Calculus II (3 credits) or MATH 161 (4 credits)
  • STAT 335 Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits) [can count towards BIOL BS elective requirements; prerequisite for graduate level required course]


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


Graduate Coursework:


  • CHEM 465 Proteomics (3 credits)

Computer Science

  • COMP 483 Computational Biology (4 credits) [Must satisfy prerequisites for course]


  • STAT 437 Quantitative Methods in Bioinformatics (4 credits)


  • BIOI 500 Advanced Bioinformatics (2 credits)* [can count towards BIOL BS elective requirements]
  • BIOI 501 Bioinformatics Seminar (1 credit)* [can count towards BIOL BS elective requirements]

Additional Requirements by Track:

Thesis Track (13 credit hours):

    • UNIV 370 Responsible Conduct in Research and Scholarship 2 day workshop (0 credits)
    • 1 Bioinformatics Elective (3 credits)* [can count towards BIOL BS elective requirements]
    • BIOI 494 Bioinformatics Research Design (1 credit)
    • BIOI 499 Bioinformatics Research (8 credits total)
    • BIOI 595 Thesis (1 credit)

Non-thesis Track (19 credit hours):

    • 4 Bioinformatics Electives (12 credits total)* [can count towards BIOL BS elective requirements]
    • BIOI 498 Bioinformatics Internship (1 credit)


Courses indicated by the asterisk apply to the credit hour requirements of both the BS and MS degree. Note, 9 credit hours maximum can be applied to both degrees; enrollment must be at the 400+ level for dual-credit. Details regarding BS Biology/ MS Bioinformatics Electives can be found at this link.

BS Biology Molecular Emphasis/ MS Bioinformatics Degree Requirements

Sample Course Schedules

These course schedules display how students may complete the BS in Biology and MS in Bioinformatics in 5 years of study.