The interdisciplinary graduate minor in Bioinformatics is administered by the Engineering Division at Penn State Great Valley and requires 15 graduate credits. The minor offers an opportunity for graduate students in all Penn State colleges and majors to pursue a focused set of graduate courses and gain core competency and experience in informatics, statistics, and ethics as they relate to the field of biotechnology.
Students complete a 9-credit core curriculum of SYSEN 509 Biostatistics, SWENG 552 Bioinformatics, and S T S 589 Ethics and Values in Science and Technology. Students then build upon the core by selecting 6 credits of electives focusing on database design concepts, data mining, and genetic algorithms.
Nine of the 15 credits in this minor may be applied toward the student's major program of graduate study. Students seeking admission to the Bioinformatics minor without appropriate prerequisite courses may be required to complete preparatory courses that are not applicable to either their major or minor program of study.
Additional information and application materials maybe found at www.gv.psu.edu/bioinformatics.
Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2007
Blue Sheet Item #: 35-06-540
Review Date: 4/10/07
Last updated by Publications: 12/18/06