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Bioinformatics programs prepare people to use math and computer science for medical and biotechnology research.

Bioinformatics programs include topics such as:


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in bioinformatics. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Some colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in bioinformatics. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in bioinformatics. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

A bachelor's degree program in bioinformatics typically requires that you study courses such as the following:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate programs in bioinformatics usually require original research. A list of common graduate requirements is below:

Things to Know

Bioinformatics programs may be in engineering, computer science, or biology departments.

Typically, a degree in bioinformatics prepares you to work as a researcher in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.


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