Our Program and Courses
A major in bioinformatics is achieved as a joint major spanning classes in the biology and computer science departments. You’ll study biology, chemistry, computer science and applied mathematics, paving the way to many exciting careers in the sciences and medicine.
Curious about what bioinformatics classes are like? Peruse our course catalog to see the depth and breadth of what’s available to you.
Our Faculty and Staff
Associate Dean of the Faculty and Charles A. Dana Professor of Biology
Biological Foundations of Behavior; Biology; Science, Technology and SocietyContact »
Professor of Biology, Program Chair of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Women's, Gender and Sexuality StudiesContact »
Dr. E. Paul & Frances H. Reiff Professor of Biology, Department Chair of BiologyContact »
Teaching Professor of Biology
Biological Foundations of Behavior; Data ScienceContact »
Professor of Biology
Biological Foundations of Behavior; Women's, Gender and Sexuality StudiesContact »
Dr. E. Paul & Frances H. Reiff Professor of Biology
Biological Foundations of BehaviorContact »
Learning Outside the Classroom
Our highly committed professors actively seek to engage you in cutting-edge scholarship, discussion, and research. They’re dedicated to tailoring your education to your interests and goals and helping you to discover independent study and study-abroad opportunities that will broaden your understanding of the discipline.
The program provides many paid opportunities for students to collaborate on research
with faculty members in the fields of bioinformatics, computational biology, health
informatics, genomics, proteomics and medicine, among others.
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Our bioinformatics students frequently add to their understanding and field skills
by doing research abroad.
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Success Beyond F&M
Once you earn your degree in bioinformatics, the opportunities are exponential. Recent advances in genetics, genomics, proteomics and other related fields have created immense sets of biological data. To manage, process and understand this massive new body of data, scientists versed in biology and mathematics are in high demand.
Bioinformatics majors frequently go on to study in graduate programs, pursuing advanced degrees in bioinformatics, medicine, and veterinary science. They’ve studied at institutions such as.
- Boston University
- Carnegie Mellon University
- Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
- Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
- University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Career outcomes for bioinformatics graduates are diverse, ranging from medicine and designing electronic health records, to pharmaceutical research and development and veterinary science. Our graduates hold positions such as:
- Biological Screener and Researcher
- Genetics Researcher
- Global Pharmaceutical Research
- Senior Medical Informatics Specialist
- Vice President of Bioinformatics
With a liberal arts degree, the world is at your fingertips. Here are just a few things bioinformatics professionals can do with their degrees and experience:
- Teach and research at colleges and universities
- Work in hospital information and administrative systems
- Work as a surgeon, physician, or medical researcher
- And so much more!
Related Fields of Study
The biological sciences expand and advance frontiers of knowledge about all forms of life. From molecules to ecosystems, from oceans to deserts, from the distant past to present day, biology gives you insights into other species, ourselves, and our world.
How is chemistry essential to the understanding of physical, geological and biological phenomena? By studying chemistry at F&M, you’ll explore the study of matter and how it undergoes changes, discovering how chemistry connects to a range of disciplines, from technology, oceanography, medicine and more.
As technology evolves and our understanding of computerized systems increases, computer science has become more advanced. At F&M, you’ll explore this ever-changing field, learning the mathematical basis of modern computer science, gaining technical and programming skills, and understanding how to put theory into practice.
F&M Bioinformatics at Work
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