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