Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Through the Department of Biological Sciences, Thomas More offers a minor in bioinformatics and computational biology.  Bioinformatics focuses on new approaches to biological study through advanced computation. This minor encourages dual preparation in biology and computation, to prepare students for modern careers in biology, health care, or bioinformatics.  The curriculum emphasizes genetic and evolutionary analyses in areas such as genomics, molecular genetics, and phylogenetics, along with computational data management, data processing, and computer programming.

Why study bioinformatics and computational biology at Thomas More?

This minor is one of the first such programs in Kentucky.  Students can learn about bioinformatics while completing a degree in biology or computer information systems and exploring the many benefits of these programs.

What will I be doing?

Interdisciplinary study in biology (BIO) and computer information systems (CIS). Your curriculum will include courses such as genetics, biochemistry, computer programming, big data, and bioinformatics. Many of the required courses overlap with major-required courses in biology, so a typical BIO major will need 3-4 courses (depending on specific options) in computer programming and computational biology to round out the minor. A CIS major will need 3-4 courses in biological topics.

This minor is a great choice for any biology student who is interested in graduate studies in biology and will expand the opportunities that will be available. Information systems majors will likewise benefit from an expanded background in the biological sciences and understanding of related computational challenges. The minor will take only two years to complete, so it can be added in your second or even third year of study towards a degree when you have a solid foundation in your major.

Who will I be learning from?

TMU’s faculty is trained in diverse areas of expertise and this is shared with our students through research and teaching excellence. Students will gain their training from faculty who are experts in research methods and data analysis in biochemistry, immunology, molecular and population genetics, botany, ichthyology, microbiology, marine biology, terrestrial plant ecology, animal behavior, and freshwater biology, as well as in computer programming, database management, and process improvement.

What careers will be available to me?

The program is designed to (1) provide biology majors with computational skills that will make them better biologists; (2) provide information systems majors with a basis in biology and computational problems in biology; and (3) open doors to further study and exciting careers in bioinformatics.

Where do alumni work or pursue advanced degrees?

TMU is excited to announce this new program, which became available for students as of 2018.  You can be one of the first students to participate in this program and join peers from the participating departments of biological sciences, computer information systems, and mathematics.

What experiential learning opportunities will be available?

Thomas More maintains an extensive network of related resources & agencies for developing research experiences, collaborations, and career opportunities, including the Newport Aquarium, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Cincinnati Museum Center, Wood Hudson Cancer Research Laboratory, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, KY Fish & Wildlife, and many more.