BS in Bioinformatics
Bioinformatics is a multidisciplinary program that combines biology with statistics and information technology to explore and understand biological data. Major research areas in the field include: alignment of gene and protein sequences, design and discovery of new drugs, prediction of protein structures, regulation of gene expressions and pathways, interaction of proteins, as well as association of genes with different diseases.
The exponential growth of biological information has led to a critical need for undergraduate students to be trained on the latest technologies and methods required to deal with such huge amounts of data. A classically trained biologist may be unfamiliar with the statistical and algorithmic knowledge required in the field. A classically trained computer scientist may also be unfamiliar with the biology and chemistry required to properly interpret, analyse and manage the data.
LAU’s BS in Bioinformatics program strives for a balance of the two while providing students with a solid foundation in the biological and computer sciences in preparation for new graduate or career opportunities in bioinformatics, biology, computer science as well as the fast-paced healthcare industry. Students can also choose to pursue a career in medicine since the BS in Bioinformatics is also a pre-med program and covers all the required courses to sit for the MCAT.
The Bioinformatics program is housed in the Computer Science and Mathematics Department, and is offered jointly with the Natural Sciences Department.
A total of 100 credits are required to graduate, distributed as follows:
- Core courses: 30 credits
- Elective requirements: 12 credits
- Other requirements: 34 credits
- Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (LAC): 6 credits
- Liberal Arts Electives: 18 credits (plus 12 credits Natural Sciences and Mathematics), Arts and Humanities: min. 6; Social Sciences min. 3
The core areas of study are: bioinformatics tools and databases, programming languages, data structures and algorithms, data mining, biostatistics, cellular and molecular biology, genetics, chemical principles and biochemistry.
The program also offers students a wide range of elective courses covering various research areas in bioinformatics such as functional genomics, structural bioinformatics, population genetics, association analysis, machine learning and systems biology.
Additionally, the program requires a capstone project, which provides students with the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge to acquire research and practical experience.
Major Requirements (42 credits)
|Bioinformatics Core Courses||30|
|BIF243||Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming||3|
|BIF244||Introduction to Script Programming||3|
|BIF245||Objects and Data Abstraction||3|
|BIF310||Algorithms and Data Structures||3|
|BIF345||Cell and Molecular Biology||3|
|BIF375||Database Management Systems||3|
|BIF415||Introduction to Bioinformatics||3|
Electives: Choose any four courses (12 credits)
|BIF Electives (min. 6-max. 12 credits)|
|BIF455||Computational Drug Design||3|
|BIF498||Topics in Bioinformatics||3|
|MATH Electives (min. 0-max. 6 credits)*|
|MTH307||Discrete Structures II||3|
|Premed Requirements (3 credits)**|
|PHY305||Modern Physics for Life Sciences||3|
|* advised for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in Computer Science|
|** required from students who will be sitting for the MCAT exam|
Other requirements (34 credits)
|BIO201||General Biology I||4|
|BIO202||General Biology II||4|
|CHM311||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHM312||Organic Chemistry II||3|
|PHY301||Classical Physics for Life Sciences||3|
|BCH301||Introduction to Biochemistry||4|
|MTH207||Discrete Structures I||3|
Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (6 credits)
|ENG202||Advanced Academic English||3|
|COM203||Fundamentals of Oral Communication||3|
Liberal Arts Electives (18 credits)
|Arts and Humanities||min. 6 cr.|
|Natural Sciences and Mathematics||12 cr.|
|Social Sciences||min. 3 cr.|
|**SOC201||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|**PSY201||Introduction to Psychology||3|
**Required for students who will be sitting for the MCAT exam.
This program requires 100 credits that can be completed in three years by those entering as sophomores. See the suggested three-year study plan.
This program is currently offered in Beirut and Byblos.
Dr. Georges Khazen
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