Bioinformatics

Administrative Committee: A. Kusalik (Computer Science), Y. Luo (Biochemistry), I. McQuillan (Computer Science), P. Covello (External), J. Andres (Biology), S. Ritchie (Industry), C. Soteros (Mathematics & Statistics), E. Quinlan (Dean's Representative). For more information, contact Program Director Dr. Anthony Kusalik

Program Description

There has been an exponential growth in molecular biological knowledge in recent years, thanks to genome sequencing projects and technologies for determining gene expression and protein structures. The tremendous volume and complexity of data has necessitated the development of specialized computational techniques for storing, visualizing, and analyzing them. Certain techniques also require computational techniques in the derivation of data. Such techniques all fall into the realm of Bioinformatics. Bioinformatics is the interdisciplinary meeting point for computer science and molecular biology. It requires understanding of the knowledge domains of biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and probability and statistics.

One major, ultimate goal of bioinformatics is to obtain information about an organism from its genome. This will require the characterization of very complex systems, at levels ranging from the atomic to the cellular and the organismic.

Major Average

The major average in Bioinformatics programs includes the grades earned in:

  • CMPT 111.3, CMPT 115.3, CHEM 112.3, BIOL 120.3, BIOL 121.3, MATH 110.3; MATH 112.3 or MATH 116.3
  • All courses listed in the Major Requirement C6.

Residency Requirements in the Major

To receive a degree in Bioinformatics, students must complete at least two-thirds of the following coursework (to the nearest highest multiple of 3 credit units) from the University of Saskatchewan.

  • BIOL 120.3, BIOL 121.3, CHEM 112.3, CHEM 115.3, CMPT 111.3, CMPT 115.3, MATH 110.3, and one of MATH 112.3 or MATH 116.3
  • Minimum requirements in Major Requirement C6.

See Residency for additional details.

Bachelor of Science Four-year (B.Sc. Four-year) - Bioinformatics

Bachelor of Science Honours (B.Sc. Honours) - Bioinformatics

Suggested Sequence of Courses