Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary scientific field that addresses problems related to the collection, processing, and analysis of the vast amounts of data describing the structure and function of biological systems, combining aspects of computer science, molecular biology, chemistry and mathematics.
Bioinformatics merges computer and information science with the study of genetic information and biological structures. Bioinformatics allows researchers to open new windows of insight into our genetic makeup, providing pathways to understanding disease processes, and creating novel diagnostic and treatment strategies. To capitalize on the growing body of knowledge regarding the genome, there is an immense and growing need for experts in this field.
A graduate of the UNO bioinformatics program will possess a solid background in a wide variety of positions throughout the biomedical and biotechnology industries, providing a solid foundation for graduate studies in bioinformatics or related areas and, with the addition of a few courses, medical school. One of the benefits of completing the Arts and Sciences major in bioinformatics will be the opportunity to conduct a research project with a faculty member in Arts and Sciences, applying bioinformatics skills to address a central question in the life sciences.