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Bioinformatics BS - Biological Science Option

Missouri’s One and Only Undergrad Bioinformatics Degree Program

The Bachelors of Science in Bioinformatics at the University of Central Missouri is the first and only undergraduate bioinformatics major at a Missouri Public Institution of Higher Education.  This innovative interdisciplinary program will prepare students to provide technical support for researchers in medicine, agriculture, and other biological fields.

What will I study?

In the Bioinformatics program, you will learn the knowledge and skills to help solve complex problems in medicine, agriculture, and biology. You'll study a combination of computer science, biology, chemistry, and statistics.

  • Biology and chemistry courses will improve your ability to understand the context of the problem being studied and communicate with the primary investigators to extract meaningful information from a raw data set.
  • Computing and statistics courses will provide you with the background to use technology to analyze and visualize large data sets, such as data from genomic studies of patients or population-based epidemiology.  

Experiential Learning Emphasizing Biology, Computer Science and Statistics

During your Junior and Senior year, you'll take a combination of specialized classes designed to provide experience in data collection and analysis through the lens of biology, computer science and math, uniquely preparing you to be a central part of a research team. In addition, bioinformatics majors receive access to selected upper-level courses in the Biology, Computer Science, and Statistics programs, which further expands your cross training in this collaborative field.

Bioinformatics Careers

The career outlook for Bioinformatics majors is ever expanding. Several Missouri and Midwest-based companies, such as those below, employ bioinformaticians:

  • Bayer
  • Cerner
  • Children's Merch Hospital and Clinics
  • Merc
  • Monsanto
  • MRIGlobal
  • PRA Health Sciences
  • Saint Luke's Health System
  • Stowers Institute for Medical Research
  • University of Kansas Medical Center


Getting involved - Student Organizations

Explore Computing, Biology, Agriculture and Statistics outside the classroom by getting involved in one or more if the following student organizations.

  • Association of Computing Machinery
  • Agriculture Club
  • Beta Beta Beta Biology Honors Society
  • UCM Statistics Club


Paul Plummer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator
WCM 206B
Tel: (660) 543-4433
Fax: (660) 543-8013


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