Online Master of Science in Data Science - Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Courses
Courses in the online M.S. in Data Science in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics concentration are designed to heighten your understanding of data analysis as it relates to the fields of health and biology. The concentration requires 12 credit hours and is made up of four courses.
BIOL-50900 Introduction to Computational Biology (3)
This course will cover the computational techniques used to access, analyze, and interpret the biological information in common types of biological databases and the biological questions that can be addressed by such methods, applicable to the study of the context of genes within the same genome and across different genomes, the study of molecular sequence data for the purpose of inferring the function, interactions, evolution and structure of biological molecules, and the study of annotation and ontology.
BIOL-51000 Data Systems in the Life Sciences (3)
This is a continuation of BIOL-50900. Students will examine how bioinformatics, statistics and computation are being used to support the discovery of new biomedical knowledge and learn the basics of computational methods used to analyze molecular sequences and structures.
BIOL-51200 Research in Biotechnology (3)
Methods and sources for conducting research in biotechnology. A series of guest presentations will expose students to current trends in and applications of biotechnology. Students will conduct their own research based on these presentations. Use of primary sources, data collection techniques, and ethical conduct of research will be emphasized.
BIOL-59000 Data Science Project for Life Scientists (3)
The student will pursue a research project that makes a scholarly contribution to existing knowledge and practice in the field of data analytics as it is applied to the Life Sciences. The student will write a formal thesis that documents the conduct, results, and conclusions of his or her project. Upon successful completion of the thesis, the student will submit the paper for review by a thesis committee consisting of faculty in the Biology and Computer Science departments, along with possibly additional experts from industry. The student will make an oral defense of the work to the thesis committee. BIOL 51200 and a minimum of 24 hours earned in the MS Data Science program.