Bioinformatics Minor

Required Courses for the Bioinformatics Minor

A student must successfully complete, at Fontbonne, a minimum of 50 percent of the credit hours required for the minor.

  • BIO 112

    General Biology I with Lab

    4 credits

    Selected principles and problems in general biology with emphasis on those principles most applicable to all living organisms: cellular organization, energy exchange, and inheritance.

  • BIO 114

    General Biology II with Lab

    4credits

    A general course in organismal biology covering diversity of living things from the prokaryote to higher plants and animals. Prerequisite: Introductory biology course

  • CIS 160

    Computer Science I

    4 credits

    Emphasis on programming in C and introduction to C++, including structural programming concepts, simple data types and structures, C and C++ syntax, operators, controlstructures and pointers. Lab exercises include techniques of coding, program design, and debugging. Students in this course who are majoring in mathematics, computer science, cyber security or management information science must earn grades of B- or better in this course to progress to CIS 161 and/or CIS 210. Prerequisite: Grades of A- or better in MTH 095, or competency in arithmetic and algebra. For CS, Cyber Security or MIS majors, CIS120 is a pre- or co-requisite.

  • CIS 161

    Computer Science II

    4 credits

    Continuation of Computer Science I, with extensive programming in C++ language and introduction to Java. Includes string handling, file I/O, storage and static variables, structures, bitwise operations, and C++ library. Students in this course who are majoring in mathematics, computer science, cyber security or management information systems must earn grades of B- or better to progress to CIS 210 and above. Prerequisite: CIS 160.

  • BNF 200

    Scientific Programming Languages

    3 credits

    Covers an introduction to scripting languages and their applications to biological data (currently Python programming language and the R-statistical analysis program will be taught). Prerequisites: (MTH 125 or MTH 115) and BIO 112 (or an introductory biology course which can be concurrent).

  • BNF 210

    Sequence, Evolution and Structure

    3 credits

    Provides an overview of bioinformatics, covering a variety of techniques used to analyze biological sequences. Topics include public sequence databases, Basic Local Alignment Research Tool (BLAST), pairwise and multiple sequence alignment, molecular phylogeny and evolution, protein analysis and protenics, microarray expression profiling. The code of ethics for professionals in bioinformatics will be addressed. Prerequisites BIO 212 and BNF 200.

  • BNF 301

    Computational Genomics

    3 credits

    Provides students with the knowledge and understanding of advanced topics in bioinformatics such as: next generation sequencing technologies, genome assembly, comparative genomics and tools for visualizing genome data. Individual and organizational ethical responsibilities in bioinformatics research will be discussed Prerequisite: BNF 210 and BIO 318 (or concurrent)

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