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Credits Required: 120
Cost Per Credit: $525
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Program Details

Bioinformatics is an emerging and highly interdisciplinary area of study that applies computational techniques to manage, analyze, and understand biological information.

The Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics equips you with the skills and expertise, spanning both computational and biological domains, necessary to succeed in this rapidly growing field.

Rapid technological advances in recent years have produced an explosion in the scale and variety of biological data available. This has led to an increased demand for bioinformatics professionals capable of producing highly sophisticated computational algorithms and tools, coupled with the deep biological knowledge necessary to apply those tools effectively. 

The Bioinformatics BS curriculum integrates a strong foundation in evolutionary biology with genetics, computer science, scripting/programming, and data management coursework. You will receive ample opportunities to analyze and interpret various data. 

Completion of this program will prepare you to pursue graduate and professional degrees, or transition to professions in bioinformatics-related fields. Graduates of the program have entered careers in biomedical informatics, pharmaceutical development, medical and clinical research, biotechnology, data analysis, database development and implementation, and software development and engineering.

Completion of this degree requires two Organic Chemistry labs. You may complete this requirement via Arizona Online or in an Immersion/Hybrid format requiring 3.5 days per lab at the University of Arizona Main Campus. Learn more about Organic Chemistry labs here.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The core curriculum for this program includes:


ECOL 296B: Seminar in Bioinformatics
ECOL 346: Bioinformatics
ECOL 320: Genetics
ECOL 335: Evolutionary Biology
ISTA 320: Applied Data Visualization
ISTA 321: Data Mining and Discovery
ISTA 322: Data Engineering
ISTA 331: Principles and Practice of Data Science



Earning your Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics will build core skills, including:

  • Data analysis
  • Data management
  • Programming
  • Computer literacy
  • Scripting languages
  • Research methodology
  • Project management
  • Systems analysis
  • Clinical research
  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics program will be prepared to pursue the following careers:

  • Bioinformatics Scientist
  • Statistician
  • Biostatistician
  • Bioinformatics Technician
  • Biological Technician
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Clinical Data Manager
  • Data Scientist
  • Data Analyst
  • Health Informatics Specialist
  • Software Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer