May 16, 2022  
University Catalog 2021-2022 
    
University Catalog 2021-2022

Minor in Bioinformatics (BINF)


The Bioinformatics (BINF) minor creates a strong foundation in knowledge and applications of software programs and databases commonly used by bioinformaticians and computational biologists.  The student will gain an understanding of how bioinformatics data are organized and utilized to gain insights into molecular life science. The BINF minor trains students in the fundamentals of the design of algorithms and the implementation of computer programs that analyze biological data. This minor is suggested for students majoring in Biochemistry, Biology, and Chemistry. Other majors can opt for this minor but may have to take additional courses. 

Required prerequisites for the Minor

There are required prerequisites for the BINF minor for students who are not Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry majors. 

These prerequisites are: BIOL 1100 , BIOL 1200 , and MATH 1085  or MATH 1083  or MATH 1040  (or equivalent Math course).  Students must receive a grade of C or better in BIOL 1200  and the MATH course.

Requirement for the Minor

A total of 14-17 units are required. A minimum of 12 units in the minor must be distinct from the core requirements in the student’s major, but may overlap with electives in the major.

Successful completion requires a 2.0 overall grade point average in the BINF minor, good academic standing, and completion of all minor courses by the time students earn their baccalaureate.

Requirements for the Minor (14-17 units)


Upper Division Electives (6-9 units)


From the list below with advisor approval, students majoring in Biology need to complete 9 units; all other majors need to complete 6 units.

Note: A minimum of 12 units in the minor must be distinct from the core requirements in the student’s major, but may overlap with electives in the major.