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Bioinformatics is an excellent field of study for someone who enjoys investigative challenges and works well independently

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Minot State University's Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program is the only undergraduate program of its kind in a five-state area. Our primary goal is to prepare students for careers as bioinformatics scientists. Graduates also will be well prepared for advanced studies in computational science, biology and computational biology.

What is bioinformatics?
Bioinformatics – also known as computational biology – is a cross-disciplinary field that marries computer science, mathematics and biology.

How did bioinformatics begin?
A milestone was reached in 2003 when the 13-year Human Genome Project, an international scientific research project, was completed. It is now possible to sequence an entire human genome in less than a week, and genomic medicine is quickly becoming part of standard
medical care. In the past decade, the genomes of 123 eukaryotic species (rice, maze, mouse, chicken, etc.) and more than 958 bacterial species were sequenced. The flood of biological information generated by these projects spawned a new field of biology: bioinformatics.

What do bioinformatics scientists do?
Bioinformatics scientists conduct research using bioinformatics theory and methods, analyze genomic data and develop application specific software. Bioinformatics scientists work in government and academic and commercial settings, in fields such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology, computational biology, proteomics, computer information science, biology and medical informatics.

Career outlook
The demand for bioinformatics specialists is high and predicted to grow at a rate of 14 percent to 19 percent through 2018. Creation, curation and management of biological information databases represents the largest segment of the market, while the analytical software segment posts the fastest gains.

Is bioinformatics right for you?
Bioinformatics is an excellent field of study for someone who enjoys investigative challenges and works well independently. Some things bioinformatics scientists do:

  • Design databases and develop algorithms for processing and analyzing genomic or other biological information
  • Consult with researchers to analyze problems, recommend technology-based solutions, or determine computational strategies
  • Communicate research results through conference presentations, scientific publications, or project reports

The Bachelor of Science in bioinformatics degree includes coursework in chemistry, biology, computer science, mathematics and bioinformatics. Students who complete biology majors can earn a bioinformatics minor by taking required mathematics, computer science and bioinformatics courses.

Courses Required

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, please go to course catalog.

All courses subject to change. Other coursework required.

Our faculty

Our faculty is on the cutting edge of genomics and bioinformatics research. Areas of expertise and research include:

  • Phylogenetic analysis, design and production of DNA microarrays
  • Genomic analysis of bacteria and bacterial populations (metagenomics)
  • Development and application of distributed computing platforms to bioinformatics problems

Our facilities
Our laboratories are equipped with exceptional computing resources and the latest in molecular biology equipment.

More Information
To learn more, visit our Department of Biology web site. Better yet, schedule a campus visit so we can meet face-to-face and show you around.

Contact Information
Dr. Paul Lepp
Associate Professor of Biology
Department of Biology
Minot State University
Phone: 701-858-3508 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3508