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Bioinformatics Major

Do you have an interest in both biology and computer science?

Are you ready to tackle data in today’s — or tomorrow’s — world? We’re talking “big” data, data mining and data science.

Would you like to use the tools of mathematics and computer science to analyze, explore and make inferences from data — without having to collect the data yourself?

Our Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics might be perfect for you. Bioinformatics is a combination of biology and computer science, with a substantial dose of statistical methods. In more technical terms, bioinformatics refers to the retrieval and analysis of biochemical and biological data using mathematics and computer science. (http://dictionary.reference.com) The need for scientists in this field has exploded because of the Human Genome Project.

Bioinformatics Job Growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for bioinformatics scientists was about $71,000 in 2011.  Expected job growth for scientists in this category is predicted to be 31% between 2010 and 2020.

“In 2013, Monsanto and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced expansions totaling $445 million, which will create 775 new jobs in the St. Louis area. A number of these jobs will require bioinformatics skills and coursework that are often lacking in graduates from local, small liberal arts colleges. Smaller genomics companies in St. Louis are also on the rise, and as these companies mature, they will require a continuous influx of bioinformaticians that want to start their careers in St. Louis. I view Fontbonne’s idea to establish a Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics as an excellent strategic move that will benefit its students and the university as a whole.”

~ Rob Alba, Ph.D., Functional Genomics Lead, Monsanto Company

Bioinformatics Program Highlights

  • Study with and participate in research alongside professors who are bioinformatics experts.
  • Work in labs equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and software.
  • Enjoy small class sizes and get all of the personal attention you deserve.
  • Intern with major St. Louis companies.
  • Be part of the only undergraduate bioinformatics program in Eastern Missouri.

Career Opportunities

  • Bioinformatics programmer
  • Project manager
  • Database developer and administrator
  • Technical assistant and technical sales representative (could require additional schooling)
  • Employers include: academic research labs, hospitals, government agencies, the software industry, or the bioinformatics service industry
  • Preparation for medical or other graduate programs

Interested in learning about other STEM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)? Explore here.

career opportunities for bioinformatics majors

  Questions? Contact Admissions: (314) 889-1400 or (800) 205-5862 | fbyou@fontbonne.edu