Loyola University Chicago

Bioinformatics

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. Loyola's BS 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; and
  • an understanding of key problems, proposed solutions, and future challenges of the bioinformatics field.

Degree Requirements

The following degree requirements are for students who have declared the BS Bioinformatics Major after Spring 2020. For students who declared prior to this time, please see archived class schedules.

BIOL 387 Genomics (3 credits)
BIOL 392 Metagenomics (3 credits)
BIOI 397 Bioinformatics Survey (3 credits)

BIOI 365 Exploring Proteins or CHEM 365 Proteomics (3 credits) * REQUIRED
BIOL 390 Molecular Biology Lab (4 credits)
COMP 353 Database Programming or COMP 379 Machine Learning (3 credits)

BIOI 365 Exploring Proteins or CHEM 365 Proteomics (3 credits)
BIOL 390 Molecular Biology Lab (4 credits)
COMP 353 Database Programming or COMP 379 Machine Learning (3 credits)

BIOL 388 Bioinformatics (3 credits)
BIOL 387 Genomics or BIOL 392 Metagenomics (3 credits)
COMP 383 Computational Biology (4 credits)
STAT 337 Quantitative Bioinformatics (3 credits)
BIOI 397 Bioinformatics Survey or BIOI 398 Bioinformatics
Internship or BIOI 399 Bioinformatics Research (1+ credit)

BIOL 388 Bioinformatics (3 credits)
BIOL 387 Genomics or BIOL 392 Metagenomics (3 credits)
COMP 383 Computational Biology (4 credits)
STAT 337 Quantitative Bioinformatics (3 credits)
BIOI 397 Bioinformatics Survey or BIOI 398 Bioinformatics
Internship or BIOI 399 Bioinformatics Research (1+ credit)

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)

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)

BIOL 101 General Biology (3 credits)
BIOL 282 Genetics (3 credits)
BIOL 388 Bioinformatics (3 credits)

BIOL 101 General Biology (3 credits)
BIOL 282 Genetics (3 credits)
BIOL 283 Genetics Lab (3 credits)

BIOL 101 General Biology (3 credits)
BIOL 282 Genetics (3 credits)
BIOL 283 Genetics Lab (3 credits)

  • 1 additional lab is required (1+ credit)

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)

CHEM 101 General Chemistry A (3 credits)
CHEM 102 General Chemistry B (3 credits)
CHEM 223 Organic Chemistry A (3 credits)
CHEM 224 Organic Chemistry B (3 credits)
CHEM 361 Biochemistry (3 credits)

CHEM 101 General Chemistry A (3 credits)
CHEM 102 General Chemistry B (3 credits)
CHEM 223 Organic Chemistry A (3 credits)
CHEM 224 Organic Chemistry B (3 credits)
CHEM 361 Biochemistry (3 credits)

COMP 141 Intro to Computing Tools (3 credit hours)
MATH 215 Intro to Programming (3 credit hours)
COMP 231 Data Structures & Algorithms  (3 credit hours)

MATH 215 Intro to Programming (3 credit hours)

COMP 141 Intro to Computing Tools (3 credit hours)
MATH 215 Intro to Programming (3 credit hours)
COMP 231 Data Structures & Algorithms  (3 credit hours)

BIOL 488 Bioinformatics (3 credits)
BIOI 565 Exploring Proteins  or CHEM 465 Proteomics (3 credits)
COMP 483 Computational Biology (4 credits)
STAT 437 Quantitative Bioinformatics (3 credits)
BIOI 500 Advanced Bioinformatics (3 credits)
BIOI 501 Bioinformatics Seminar (1 credit)

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

MATH 131 Applied Calculus I (3 credits)
MATH 132 Applied Calculus II (3 credits)
STAT 335 Intro to Biostatistics (3 credits)

MATH 131 Applied Calculus I (3 credits)
MATH 132 Applied Calculus II (3 credits)
STAT 335 Intro to Biostatistics (3 credits)

MATH 131 Applied Calculus I (3 credits)
MATH 132 Applied Calculus II (3 credits)
STAT 335 Intro to Biostats (3 credits) or STAT 203 Intro to Prob & Stats (3 credits)
STAT 337 Quantitative Methods in Bioinformatics (3 credits)

BIOI 500 Advanced Bioinformatics (3 credits)
BIOI 501 Bioinformatics Seminar (1 credit)
+ 2 BIOI Electives (6 credits total)

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)

4 Bioinformatics Electives (12 credits total)
BIOI 498 Bioinformatics Internship (1 credit)

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

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)

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)

UNIV 370 Responsible Conduct in Research and Scholarship 2 day workshop (0 credits)
Bioinformatics Elective (3 credits)
BIOI 494 Bioinformatics Research Design (1 credit)
BIOI 499 Bioinformatics Research (8 credits)
BIOI 595 Thesis (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:

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