B.S. in Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology

Bioinformatics, also known as computational biology, is the study of biological systems through computational and statistical models. Molecular Biology is the study of the molecular components of living things. This major requires knowledge of biology, computer science, and information technology.

Rensselaer is one of the few universities to offer an undergraduate program in this emerging field. Most of the instructors maintain active research programs in different aspects of computational biology, from database analysis to molecular simulations.

Graduates are encouraged to continue their studies in one of the growing number of worldwide computational biology graduate programs. While those who enter the workplace often are hired into the pharmaceutical industry, medical informatics, agricultural bioinformatics, database management, or the biotech industry.

Program of Study

In this major, you typically emphasize either computational biology, which requires more mathematics, statistics, and computer science courses, or molecular biology, which requires more molecular-level life-science courses.

Program Outcome

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to demonstrate:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics and computer science
  • Knowledge of the origins and usage of biological databases
  • An ability to communicate and collaborate with other disciplines, knowledge of interdisciplinary connections, and knowledge of the relationship between science and society. 
  • Knowledge of biological evolution Knowledge of the flow, exchange and storage of genetic information
  • Knowledge of the structure function relationship in biology
  • An ability to research, prepare, communicate, and present results.

Curriculum

A student may become a candidate for a second baccalaureate degree when he or she has completed: (1) the equivalent of at least two terms (30 credit hours) of additional work beyond the requirements of a single degree, and (2) the courses in the department in which the student is registered and such other courses as are required for the second degree.

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Research

You’ll learn to think like researchers and learn the essential tools to carry out research in bioinformatics and molecular biology. All students are required to complete a “culminating experience” for graduation, which may include research. Select students may perform their bioinformatics research in faculty labs as an independent study course or summer internship.

Academic Opportunities

Student researchers play a critical role in the world-changing discovery, innovation, and breakthroughs taking place across campus.

A biological honor society for undergraduate students dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study, and extending the boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research.

Ecologic is the longest-running environmental club at Rensselaer. Their mission is to make progress toward a greener world and educate the community about environmental issues. They run many fun projects and events throughout the year.

Inspiring a younger audience to explore the role of science in society.