Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry that effectively combines the life sciences and computer science with information technology. Bioinformaticists use computers to analyze, organize, and visualize biological data in ways that increase the understanding of the molecular components of living organisms. Bioinformatics combines computer science, statistics, and mathematics to analyze and interpret biological data.
Bioinformatics is conceptualizing biology in terms of macromolecules (in the sense of physical-chemistry) and then applying “informatics” techniques (derived from disciplines such as applied math, computer science, and statistics) to understand and organize the information associated with these molecules, on a large-scale. To do this, one must combine elements of biology and computer science. The methodologies and informatics tools developed by the bioinformatics scientists help to manage genomic information.
The Bioinformatics AS is a transfer program that provides the first two years of courses necessary for a four-year baccalaureate degree leading to an advanced degree in the field of bioinformatics. Working closely with a counselor or advisor, students will be able to transfer to local and regional colleges and universities offering advanced programs in bioinformatics. Students are strongly advised to work with a biology, chemistry, and/or computer science faculty member or an academic transfer counselor in order to minimize or prevent the loss of credits upon transfer.