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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Bioinformatics

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Arts & Sciences: Science, Biology Track (Germanna Community College)
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Program description

The bioinformatics curriculum blends foundational courses in biology, math, chemistry and computer science with a core of hands-on, problem-solving bioinformatics courses.  It allows undergraduates an unusual opportunity to learn molecular biology by actually doing it--reading scientific papers, doing "wet-lab" experiments, creating bioinformatics programs, and designing individual and team research investigations.  The program includes the Life Sciences general education, specific training in the collateral coursework and bioinformatics core, and focused training in the chosen concentration.

Career opportunities

Our students learn how to use bioinformatics tools to solve scientific problems through project-based courses.  These experiences mimic what doing molecular/computational science is actually like and provide excellent training for technician-level  jobs (universities, institutes, biotech or IT industry), for training in graduate school or in the health professions.  Students interested in a health profession usually specialize in the Biological/Genomic Concentration.  Some students are interested in working close to the health system, while others are more interested in the programming/data analyst route.  The technical, analytical and communications skills practiced in the program can transfer to other occupations as well.  Students with the MS degree typically have greater opportunities than those with the Bachelor's degree, as the Masters allows the student to gain more relevant skills, content knowledge and project experience.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Agricultural & Food Technician
  • Bioinformatics Technician
  • Biological Data Analyst
  • Biological Technician
  • Clinical Research Associate (CRA)
  • Computational Biologist
  • Computer Programmer
  • Genomic Data Scientist
  • Mathematical Technician
  • Operations Research Analyst
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Biostatistician
  • College Professor
  • Microbiologist
  • Software Developer
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

If you would like to meet with a Transfer Center advisor,please fill out our online advising request form.

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Highest level of math required
  • MATH 200
  • STAT 314/321
Science required
  • 5+ additional science courses
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0

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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Bioinformatics

Germanna Community College (Associate of Arts & Sciences: Science, Biology Track)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Explore the three different Bioinformatics concentrations of the B.S. degree: biological/genomic, computational sciences, and quantitative/statistical sciences.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Browse careers related to bioinformatics through the career coach.
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Work with career services to build resume.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Review VCU's Bioinformatics Department website for course requirements and possible connections with faculty and peers
  • Prepare for organic chemistry at VCU by reviewing CHM 111-112 notes and textbook.
  • Use Navigate to remain on your pathway.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU Bioinformatics Department.
  • Participate in the STEM Transitions: Transfer Success Program after you’re admitted to VCU.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Explore the three different Bioinformatics concentrations of the B.S. degree: biological/genomic, computational sciences, and quantitative/statistical sciences.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Browse careers related to bioinformatics through the career coach.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Work with career services to build resume.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Review VCU's Bioinformatics Department website for course requirements and possible connections with faculty and peers
  • Prepare for organic chemistry at VCU by reviewing CHM 111-112 notes and textbook.
  • Use Navigate to remain on your pathway.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU Bioinformatics Department.
  • Participate in the STEM Transitions: Transfer Success Program after you’re admitted to VCU.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Bioinformatics

Germanna Community College (Associate of Arts & Sciences: Science, Biology Track)

Germanna Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 100College Success SkillsUNIV 1011Elective
ENG 111College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.UNIV 111-1123General education
LAB Science (I)CHM 111 General Chemistry ICHEM/Z 1014Major
Lab Science (II)BIO 101 General Biology IBIOL/Z 1514Major
HISHistory elective (select 1): HIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, 122HIST3General education
ENG 112College Composition IIUNIV 2003General education
MTH 167Precalculus with Trigonometry (or MTH 161-162)MATH 1515General education
Lab Science (III)CHM 112 General Chemistry II CHEM/Z 1024Major
Lab Science (IV)BIO 102 General Biology II BIOL/Z 1524Major
Humanities (PHI)Select any PHI (Philosophy) courseVCU equivalent3General education
Social ScienceSocial Science (select 1): PSY 200, SOC 200, 211, PLS 211, PLS 241VCU equivalent3General education
MTH 263Calculus IMATH 2004Major
Science electiveBIO 206 Cell BiologyBIOL 300 + BIOZ 3914Major
Science CapstoneScience Capstone Presentation VCU equivalent1Elective
Social ScienceSocial Science (select 1): ECO 201, ECO 202, PSY 200, SOC 200, SOC 211, PLS 211, PLS 241VCU equivalent3General education
MTH 245Statistics ISTAT 2103Major
HumanitiesHumanities/Fine Arts (select 1): ART 101, 102, 106, HUM 100, or REL VCU equivalent3General education
Transfer electivePHY 201 General College Physics I or PHY 241 University Physics I (preferred)PHYS 201 or PHYS 2074Major
Transfer elective Transfer elective VCU equivalent1 to 3Elective
Germanna credits transferred to VCU 60 to 62
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
Bachelor of Science: Bioinformatics with a concentration in biological/genomic sciences
Foreign language through the 102 level. (This requirement can be fulfilled by means of completion of the 102-level of a language or waived if the student completed up through the third level of a foreign language in high school. Additionally, language waiver and placement testing options are available for native or heritage speakers of a non-english language.) 0 to 8General education
BNFO 201Computing Skills and Concepts for Bioinformatics3Major
BNFO 300Molecular Biology Through Discovery3Major
BNFO 301/BIOL 351Introduction to Bioinformatics3Major
BNFO 420Applications in Bioinformatics (University Core capstone) 3Major
CHEM 301Organic Chemistry 3Major
CHEM 302Organic Chemistry II3Major
CMSC 255Introduction to Programming 4Major
STAT 314 or STAT 321Applications of Statistics or Introduction to Statistical Computing4Major
BNFO/BIOL 540Fundamentals of Molecular Genetics3Major
BNFO/BIOL 541 or BIOZ 476Laboratory in Molecular Genetics or Molecular Capstone Laboratory2Major
CHEM 403Biochemistry I3Major
Select 10 credits of upper-level concentration electives (see VCU advisor for course options)10Major
Upper-level electives (300- or 400-level courses) Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level credits to graduate from VCU.4Elective
Open electives10 to 12Elective
Credits completed at VCU58 to 60
Bachelor's degree total120
Bachelor of Science: Bioinformatics with a concentration in computational sciences
Foreign language through the 102 level. (This requirement can be fulfilled by means of completion of the 102-level of a language or waived if the student completed up through the third level of a foreign language in high school. Additionally, language waiver and placement testing options are available for native or heritage speakers of a non-english language.) 0 to 8General education
BNFO 201Computing Skills and Concepts for Bioinformatics3Major
BNFO 300Molecular Biology Through Discovery 3Major
BNFO 301/BIOL 351Introduction to Bioinformatics 3Major
BNFO 420Applications in Bioinformatics (University Core capstone) 3Major
CHEM 301Organic Chemistry 3Major
CMSC 255Introduction to Programming 4Major
STAT 314 or STAT 321Applications of Statistics or Introduction to Statistical Computing4Major
CMSC 256Data Structures and Object Oriented Programming 4Major
CMSC 302Introduction to Discrete Structures 3Major
CMSC 355Fundamentals of Software Engineering 3Major
CMSC 401Algorithm Analysis with Advanced Data Structures 3Major
Select 9 credits of upper-level concentration electives (see VCU advisor for course options)9Major
Upper-level electives (300- or 400-level courses) Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level credits to graduate from VCU.7Elective
Open electives6 to 8Elective
Credits completed at VCU58 to 60
Bachelor's degree total120
Bachelor of Science: Bioinformatics with a concentration in quantitative/statistical sciences
Foreign language through the 102 level. (This requirement can be fulfilled by means of completion of the 102-level of a language or waived if the student completed up through the third level of a foreign language in high school. Additionally, language waiver and placement testing options are available for native or heritage speakers of a non-english language.) 0 to 8General education
BNFO 201Computing Skills and Concepts for Bioinformatics 3Major
BNFO 300Molecular Biology Through Discovery 3Major
BNFO 301/BIOL 351Introduction to Bioinformatics 3Major
BNFO 420Applications in Bioinformatics (University Core capstone) 3Major
CHEM 301Organic Chemistry 3Major
CMSC 255Introduction to Programming 4Major
STAT 314Applications of Statistics 4Major
MATH 201Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4Major
MATH 307Multivariate Calculus 4Major
MATH 310Linear Algebra 3Major
STAT 321Introduction to Statistical Computing 3Major
Select 8 credits of upper-level concentration electives (see VCU advisor for course options)8Major
Upper-level electives (300- or 400-level courses) Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level credits to graduate from VCU.7Elective
Open electives6 to 8Elective
Credits completed at VCU58 to 60
Bachelor's degree total120
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