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TAS: Bioinformatics (B.S.)


Convener: Faculty:
Paramjeet S. Bagga Lawrence D'Antonio
Arthur Felix
Amruth Kumar
William Mitchell
Tom Owen
Edward Saiff
Robert Shine
Ash Stuart


About the Major

Bioinformatics is a modern interdisciplinary science that uses computational techniques to help frame and resolve biological problems.  Its purpose is to manage biological information and solve biological problems with the help of computer science.  The management involves gathering, storing, analyzing and interpreting biological data that can then be used for molecular modeling, gene discovery, assignment of functions to newly discovered genes, and studying relationships like the structure and function of proteins.  The information obtained by the application of this powerful new technology can be applied to prevent, diagnose and treat inherited and other diseases, design new drugs and vaccines, shorten the development cycle of new medicines and much more.

There is an unprecedented demand for Bioinformaticians to join the forefront of research in industry as well as academic institutions. Northern New Jersey/New York area is a hub for the pharmaceutical industry and one of the largest centers of biotechnology. Several institutions of higher education are also located in the region. Ramapo College is well suited for a Bioinformatics program because it is proximal to institutions for higher education and companies that have high priority programs in Bioinformatics.

Ramapo College is one of the first primarily undergraduate colleges in the United States to offer a baccalaureate degree in Bioinformatics.  The curriculum for this program has been designed to lay a solid multidisciplinary foundation in modern life sciences, chemistry, mathematics, as well as cutting-edge computer technology using informatics as an interdisciplinary cohesive tool.  In advanced courses, students are trained to manage biological data, develop computational methods to analyze and interpret data, solve scientific problems and make new discoveries.  In addition to the scientific and technical concepts, students are also exposed to the social, business, and ethical aspects of science.  This career-oriented program prepares the students for employment in industry and academia, to pursue graduate education, for careers in medicine and related disciplines, and engage in research in this technological field of great demand.

Highly qualified and experienced educators teach the courses that comprise the Bioinformatics curriculum. The faculty members are actively engaged in research and typically involve undergraduate students in their projects. Students are also encouraged to present their findings at research conferences and publish their accomplishments in peer reviewed scientific journals.

Supporting academic programs with the technology necessary for their success is a top priority at Ramapo College. The College has well-maintained modern laboratories for biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, chemistry and physics that are used for the Bioinformatics program. Most of these laboratories are equipped with modern computers with Internet connections. In addition, two ultramodern labs have been specially designed to teach Bioinformatics courses.  The college also boasts over forty different PC and Mac based computer labs across the campus, with over 700 PCs and Macs for student use.  In addition to email and web page space for students, a high end Sun System supports more advanced computing needs for faculty and students.  A Sun Server has also been dedicated to Bioinformatics teaching and research.

The Major is offered by the School of Theoretical and Applied Science and leads to a B.S. degree in Bioinformatics.

Curriculum for the Bioinformatics Major:

In order to graduate with a B.S. in Bioinformatics from Ramapo College, a student will have to earn a total of 128 credits. In addition to 72 credits of the core subjects, students pick 12 credits from two sets of specialized electives. Additionally, Fundamentals of Physics I and II courses are highly recommended for Bioinformatics majors. There is also a provision for students to opt for Bioinformatics research that can be performed under the guidance of one of the faculty members of the program, or taken as Co-op/Internship in a suitable industry in the area.

Requirements of the Major

  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a [W] below.  Waivers only apply to General Education Requirements NOT School Core or Major Requirements.

  2. Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
Subject & Course # Title & Course Description
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
INTD 101 [W] FIRST YEAR SEMINAR
ENGL 180 COLLEGE ENGLISH
SELECT ONE  
BADM 115 [W] PERSPECTIVES OF BUSINESS AND SOCIETY OR
SOSC 101 [W] SOCIAL ISSUES
SELECT ONE [W] GE-HISTORY CATEGORY: HIST 101-110
AIID 201 [W] READINGS IN HUMANITIES
SELECT ONE GE-INTERCULTURAL NORTH AMERICA CATEGORY
SELECT ONE GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES CATEGORY
SELECT ONE [W] GE-TOPICS ARTS AND HUMANITIES CATEGORY OR
  [W] GE-TOPICS SOCIAL SCIENCE CATEGORY
SCHOOL OF THEORETICAL AND APPLIED SCIENCE REQUIREMENT
SELECT ONE Science In Cultural Perspective course:
AMER 307 TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE IN AMERICA
ANTH 307 MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
CNTP 315 ART AND TECHNOLOGY
ENST 215 ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY
ENST 223 ENERGY AND SOCIETY
ENST 305 ECOLOGY, ECONOMICS AND ETHICS
ENST 312 ECOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ENST 317 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND REGULATION
HIST 396 HISTORY OF SCIENTIFIC IDEAS
INFO 315 COMPUTER LAW AND ETHICS
MATH 441 HISTORY OF MATH
MGMT 324 INVENTION FOR MANAGERS AND SCIENTISTS
PHIL 328 BIO-ETHICS
POLI 328 LAW AND POLITICS INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT
PSYC 306 ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES
PSYC 413 PHILOSOPHICAL ROOTS OF PSYCH
PSYC 423 HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY
SCIN 210 SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY
SCIN 230 COMPUTERS AND SOCIETY
SCIN 235 HISTORICAL TRENDS IN NURSING
SCIN 343 SCIENCE AND RELIGION
SCIN 405 FEMINIST SCIENCE FICTION
SCIN 425 SCIENCE AND LITERATURE
SCIN 434 WOMEN AND SCIENCE
SCIN 481 SCIENCE LAW AND FEMINISM
SCIN 489 SCIENCE AND LAW
SOCI 306 ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY
SOCI 330 SCIENCE IN A MULTICULTURAL WORLD
BIOINFORMATICS MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
BIOL 110 FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY I LECTURE/ LAB
BIOL 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY II LECTURE/LAB
BIOL 331 GENETICS LECTURE/ LAB
BIOL 406 CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LECTURE/LAB
BIIN 430 BIOINFORMATICS LECTURE/LAB
BIIN 450 ADVANCED BIOINFORMATICS
CMPS 147 COMPUTER SCIENCE I
CMPS 148 COMPUTER SCIENCE II
CMPS 231 DATA STRUCTURES
CMPS 364 DATABASE DESIGN
CMPS 345 ANALYSIS OF ALGORITHMS
CHEM 110 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY I LECTURE/ LAB
CHEM 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II LECTURE/ LAB
CHEM 210 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LECTURE/LAB
CHEM 212 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LECTURE/LAB
MATH 121 CALCULUS I
MATH 237 DISCRETE STRUCTURES
PSYC 242 STATISTICS
  Bioinformatics Electives 3 courses required
  Group I (1 course minimum)
BIIN 350 MOLECULAR GENETICS
BIIN 351 PROTEIN STRUCTURE AND MODELING
  TWO SEMESTERS OF TAS RESEARCH HONORS (SRSH) OR
INDEPENDENT STUDY OR
APPROPRIATE CO-OP
CHEM 425 BIOCHEMISTRY
CHEM 445 MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY
  Group II (1 course minimum)
BIIN 210 INTRODUCTION TO PERL SCRIPTING
CMPS 331 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
CMPS 342 COMPUTER GRAPHICS
CMPS 361 SOFTWARE DESIGN
CMPS 369 WEB PROGRAMMING TECHNOLOGIES
MATH 122 CALCULUS II
MATH 245 NUMERICAL ANALYSIS

Note: A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.

Requirements of the Minor

Students interested in minoring in Bioinformatics wil need to select one of the two tracks below:

Track I
Subject & Course # Title & Course Description
Required Courses:
CMPS 147 COMPUTER SCIENCE I
BIIN 210 INTRODUCTION TO PERL SCRIPTING
BIIN 430 BIOINFORMATICS LECTURE/LAB
In addition to the above three courses, select TWO courses from the following:
BIIN 351 PROTEIN STRUCTURE AND MODELING
CHEM 425 BIOCHEMISTRY
CMPS 148 COMPUTER SCIENCE II
CMPS 364 DATABASE DESIGN

Track II
Subject & Course # Title & Course Description
Required Courses:
BIIN 210 INTRODUCTION TO PERL SCRIPTING
BIIN 430 BIOINFORMATICS LECTURE/LAB
BIOL 331 GENETICS LECTURE/ LAB
In addition to the above three courses, select TWO courses from the following:
BIIN 351 PROTEIN STRUCTURE AND MODELING
CMPS 345 ANALYSIS OF ALGORITHMS
CMPS 361 SOFTWARE DESIGN
CMPS 364 DATABASE DESIGN

Note: A school core is NOT required for completion of the minor. Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.


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