Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Use electronic health records to prevent future pandemics. Help analyze genetic data to develop new cancer drugs. Create advanced computer models that lead to more resilient ecosystems. If these things sound interesting to you—and if you like using science, math, data and statistics—then this program could be exactly what you're looking for. This program is for students who want a highly interdisciplinary major, with the freedom to focus on biology, computer science or informatics (using data to improve health).

What will I learn?

In this major, you'll take core classes in calculus, statistics, molecular biology, organic chemistry and databases, as well as bioinformatics.

From there, your courses will be based on your specific concentration; all students must choose one of these areas to focus in:

  • Biological sciences. Learn how to study genes and proteins using math and computing.
  • Biomedical informatics. Gain technical skills needed to analyze health care data and improve outcomes.
  • Computer science and engineering. Apply computing to answer questions related to cellular and sub-cellular structures.


What can I do outside of class?

Even as an undergraduate, you may have opportunities to work closely with faculty on research projects, giving you real-world experience and helping you build professional relationships. Some students have even presented their findings at national conferences.

Of course, there are lots of ways to gain new skills, make friends and have fun at UB, including:

  • Internships. Students typically pursue them during the summer or winter.
  • Study abroad. Gain a global perspective by living and studying in another country.
  • Student groups. Join one of the dozens of science and engineering clubs or try something completely different.

Learn more about specific opportunities outside the classroom by visiting the department website for your concentration.

Study Abroad
Student Clubs

What can I do with a bioinformatics degree?

You'll typically find job opportunities at many different types of organizations, including hospitals, research institutions, government agencies such as the CDC and NIH, and private companies.

Given that bioinformatics graduates are needed in so many different industries, these are just a few of the careers that may be open to you:

  • Application programmer.
  • Biotech researcher.
  • Chief medical information officer.
  • Health care analyst.
  • Systems analyst.
  • University professor.

In addition, many students in this program go to medical school or get a graduate degree in bioinformatics or a related field, which is especially useful if you want to work at a university or in an advanced research field.

Who will I learn from?

Many of our professors have been recognized for their outstanding teaching ability and have received the SUNY Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching, the student-nominated Milton Plesur Award, and other honors for teaching and mentoring undergraduate students.

Of course, our faculty are also nationally and internationally known researchers and scholars. They have been named as fellows of professional organizations, earned patents, served on leading editorial boards, and received research funding from some of the top companies in the world.

You can learn more by looking at the faculty directory for your concentration.