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Bioinformatics Minor

Through an inter-college collaboration, the Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science and Software Engineering, and Statistics Departments offer a Cross-Disciplinary Studies Minor (CDSM) in Bioinformatics. Bioinformatics lies at the intersection of computational sciences and biology. The CDSM in Bioinformatics creates a strong foundation in molecular biology as well as the design and applications of software and databases commonly used by computational biologists. The student will gain an understanding of how bioinformatic data are generated, organized, and used to gain insights into molecular life science.

The CDSM in Bioinformatics will provide the opportunity for biology, biochemistry, computer science, and statistics students to identify solutions to biological questions using bioinformatics, to write and implement software on a bioinformatics project, to apply statistical analyses associated with bioinformatics, and to learn algorithms that can be useful for software development in the bioinformatics/computational biology field. 

A student may not be awarded both the Cross-Disciplinary Studies Minor in Bioinformatics and the Biotechnology minor. 

Target Majors

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Statistics
  • Computer Science and Software Engineering

Minor Coordinators

For more information and to apply, please contact the minor coordinators.

Name Department Email Phone Office
Dr. Ed Himelblau Biological Sciences 805-756-2826


Jean Davidson

Biological Sciences 805-756-7421 33-267

Bioinformatics Minor Coursework

Please refer to the catalog for the most up-to-date minor requirements.

Further Program Information Details (Includes Minor Coordinator Contacts for Biochemistry, Computer Science/Software Engineering and Statistics)

Declare the Minor

Once you have completed one BIO course and one CSC course with a grade of C or better in both, use this form to declare the minor.


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