Montgomery College 2020-2021 Catalog 
    Sep 30, 2023  
Montgomery College 2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bioinformatics AS: 612

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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.


General Education Course Selections

Click here to view the Foundation/Distribution Courses  for selection to fulfill the General Education Course Requirements.

Suggested Course Sequence

All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.  

Second Semester

Fourth Semester

Total Credits: 60

ENGL 101 /ENGL 101A , if needed for ENGL 102 /ENGL 103 , or CMSC 204 .

** Behavioral and Social Science Distribution (BSSD) courses must come from different disciplines.

Program Outline / Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements

Foundation Requirements

Distribution Courses

General Education Elective

Total Credits Hours: 60

ENGL 101 /ENGL 101A  , if needed for ENGL 102 /ENGL 103 , or CMSC 204 .

** Behavioral and Social Science Distribution (BSSD) courses must come from different disciplines.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  • Identify and describe skills specific to programming, data analysis, and data manipulation.
  • Analyze contemporary problems in medicine, public health, and biology using computational approaches at the beginner level.
  • Synthesize issues across the disciplines of biology, chemistry, computer science, and mathematics.
  • Communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders, individually and in group settings, using verbal, written, and electronic modes of communication.

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