Bioinformatics Major

Bioinformatics Studies is a program that focuses on the application of computer-based technologies and services to biological, biomedical, and biotechnology research.

Bioinformatics majors and degree programs likely include instruction in algorithms, network architecture, principles of software design, human interface design, usability studies, search strategies, database management and data mining, digital image processing, computer graphics and animation, CAD, computer programming, and applications to experimental design and analysis and to specific quantitative, modeling, and analytical studies in the various biological specializations.

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Search for colleges that offer a degree in Bioinformatics Studies (use the College Search feature and enter " Bioinformatics Studies " in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.

What can you do with a major/degree in Bioinformatics Studies?

Work in the field of bioinformatics means you may find careers overseeing laboratory information management systems, developing algorithms to support DNA, RNA, and protein sequencing, and creating data visualizations for use in reports or web pages.  Other opportunities can  vary by industry and may include biological image analysis, satellite image analysis, or the development of a monitoring process for coating medications.

Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Bioinformatics Studies:

Professional associations are groups of specialists dedicated to topics in particular fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.

Publications/Magazines in Bioinformatics: