At the intersection of life and information sciences is the field of Bioinformatics. Explore the science that is used to analyze the human genome, identify targets for drug discovery, develop new algorithms, study molecular evolution and more.
Bioinformatics is the science of storing, extracting, organizing, analyzing, interpreting and using information in the fields of biological sciences, computer science and mathematics.
Students learn to extract information from large databases and use it in computer modeling. They develop problem solving skills, including the ability to develop new algorithms. They learn the language of structure-function relationships, information theory, gene expression, and database query.
In the Bioinformatics program, students also gain field experience in industrial and academic settings, as well as internships.
Research is like a puzzle for Rachel Araiza ’22. “I like trying to figure out what’s going on and being the first to figure it out,” said Araiza.
A love of the outdoors and biology led her to the Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove to examine the eating habits of the bullfrogs that live in the wetlands.
Rylee Trendell '19 found Pacific to be a good fit because of his personal connections with professors, as well as the opportunity to play collegiate basketball.
Mary Richardson Walker and her husband donated part of the land that became Pacific's Forest Grove Campus. After her husband's death, Mary remained active in the early life of the school and the community of Forest Grove. The qilin statue that became Boxer, Pacific University's mascot, was donated to the school in her honor.