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Undergraduate Catalog | 2020-2021 
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Computer Science, Bioinformatics Concentration, B.A.

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The Concentration in Bioinformatics presents up-to-date methods for data handling and interpretation while developing an understanding of critical issues in bioinformatics research design, statistical data analysis, and the application of genomics domain knowledge. 

The B.A. in Computer Science with Concentration in Bioinformatics requires a compact set of a computer science core (15 credit hours). The Bioinformatics concentration requires 14 credit hours of related work with courses in the fields of biology and chemistry, while other B.A. in Computer Science concentrations require 15 credit hours of a second concentration in a non-computer science discipline, satisfied by a second major, a minor, or a set of coordinated courses developed through consultation with an advisor.  Graduates of the B.A. program are thus expected to have knowledge and skill in computer science, plus a complementary discipline to which computing applies.  The emphasis in this program is less theoretical/mathematical, and more on the applied side of computing.

Admission Requirements


Minimum GPA:  2.5

Other requirements: Admission is competitive for computer science programs and, if admissible, freshmen must present a minimum SAT-Math score of 530 or ACT-Math subscore of 22.  


Minimum GPA:  2.5

Pre-Major/Prerequisite Courses:  A grade of C or above is required in any previously attempted Computer Science course.  Students must be able to transfer credits for the equivalent of College Algebra.

Other requirements:  Transfer students must present an overall GPA of at least 2.5 with no grade less than C in Computer Science courses.  For internal transfer students, participation in a Change of Major Workshop offered by the CCI Advising Center is required before becoming eligible to declare the Computer Science major. 

Transferable Credit Hours: 24

Degree Requirements

General Education Courses (37-41 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the General Education Program .  Students majoring in Computer Science should plan on taking the following courses that meet both general education and major requirements:

Major Courses (36 credit hours)

Concentration Courses (27-29 credit hours)

Concentration Elective Courses (9-11 credit hours)

Subarea 1: Database/Analytics (3-4 credit hours)

Select one of the following:

Subarea 2: Professional Development (3 credit hours)

Select one of the following:

Subarea 3: Upper-Division Elective (3-4 credit hours)

Select one of the following:

Unrestricted Elective Courses

As needed to complete the credit hours required for graduation.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours

Grade Requirements

  • The GPA requirement for all Computer Science undergraduate degree programs is 2.0 or above in all courses applied to the degree and all courses in the major. 
  • Students have a limit of 2 attempts per course in the major (plus 1 more by petition). This applies to all courses listed under the Major Courses and Concentration Courses categories of B.S. and B.A. in Computer Science degree programs. The third attempt at a course can only be approved by petition. In addition, a Withdrawal does not count as an attempt, as that effort is already restricted via the Withdrawal limit.
  • Students are required to achieve a grade of C or above in all Core Courses within the major, as listed above.

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