Learning Outcomes | Bioinformatics

After Pacific | Graduates with bioinformatics degrees work as software test engineers and with database design. They go on to study biochemistry and molecular biology, genome sciences and genetics. They earn graduate degrees from distinguished schools of their choice.

Student Learning Outcomes

A student completing a major in Bioinformatics shall be able to apply:

  • knowledge and awareness of the basic principles and concepts of biology, computer science and mathematics
  • existing software effectively to extract information from large databases and to use this information in computer modeling
  • problem-solving skills, including the ability to develop new algorithms and analysis methods
  • an understanding of the intersection of life and information sciences, the core of shared concepts, language and skills the ability to speak the language of structure-function relationships, information theory, gene expression, and database queries 

Program Purpose

Bioinformatics is the science of storing, extracting, organizing, analyzing, interpreting and using information. The approaches to the discipline of bioinformatics incorporate expertise from the biological sciences, computer science and mathematics. The major in bioinformatics is designed for students interested in molecular biology and genetics, information technologies and computer science. Bioinformaticists are involved in the analysis of the human genome, identification of targets for drug discovery, development of new algorithms and analysis methods, the study of structural and functional relationships, and molecular evolution.