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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Bioinformatics

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Science (John Tyler 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

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Science: Science)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Attend Tyler Orientation.
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV course.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Meet with VCU STEM Transitions Transfer Coordinator to discuss options and create a plan for a successful transition to VCU.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Browse careers related to bioinformatics through the career coach.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Create LinkedIn profile.
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • 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."
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.
ExperienceYear 2
  • 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 at VCU.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of 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.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend Tyler Orientation.
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV course.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Meet with VCU STEM Transitions Transfer Coordinator to discuss options and create a plan for a successful transition to VCU.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to bioinformatics through the career coach.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Create LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • 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."
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
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 at VCU.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • 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 at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of 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.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.

Course equivalent
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Bachelor of Science: Bioinformatics

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Science: Science)

John Tyler Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 100 or SDV 101College Success Skills or SDV 101 Orientation to STEMUNIV 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
MTH 161Precalculus I (or MTH 263 Calculus I)MATH 141 (or MATH 200)3General education
CHM 111General Chemistry ICHEM/Z 1014Major
ENG 112College Composition IIUNIV 2003General education
Foreign Language or CST 100SPA 101, FRE 101 or CST 100 (students who have not completed 3 years of same language in high school should complete language for this requirement)VCU equivalent3General education
MTH 162Precalculus II (or MTH 264 Calculus II)MATH 151 (or MATH 201)3Major
CHM 112General Chemistry IICHEM/Z 1024Major
Social/BehavioralSocial/Behavioral Science elective (select 1): PSY 200, SOC 200, SOC 211 (PSY 230 will be accepted if Associate degree is completed)VCU equivalent3General education
MTH 245Statistics ISTAT 2103Major
PHY 201 or PHY 241General College Physics I (if taking MTH 161-162) or University Physics I (if taking MTH 263-264)PHYS 201 or PHYS 2074Major
BIO 101General Biology IBIOL/Z 1514Major
Social/Behavioral ScienceSocial/Behavioral Science elective (select 1): PSY 200, SOC 200, SOC 211, ECO 201, ECO 202 (PSY 230 will be accepted if Associate degree is completed)VCU equivalent3General education
ENGAny 200-level ENG literature course (select 1): ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252ENGL3General education
PHY 202 or PHY 242General College Physics II or University Physics II PHYS 202 or PHYS 2084Elective
BIO 102General Biology IIBIOL/Z 1524Major
History electiveHistory elective (select 1): HIS 111, 112, 121, 122HIST3General education
Humanities or foreign languageSelect 1: PHI 220, SPA 102, FRE 102, REL 230, PHI 101, REL 100 (students who have not completed 3 years of same language in high school should complete language for this requirement)VCU equivalent3General education
Transfer electiveCHM 241 Organic Chemistry ICHEM 3013Major
John Tyler credits transferred to VCU61
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
Bachelor of Science: Bioinformatics with a concentration in biological/genomic sciences
MATH 200Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (if not taken at John Tyler)0 to 4Major
BIOL 300Cellular and Molecular Biology3Major
BNFO 201Computing Skills and Concepts for Bioinformatics3Major
BNFO 300Molecular Biology Through Discovery3Major
BNFO 301Introduction to Bioinformatics3Major
BNFO 420Applications in Bioinformatics3Major
CSMC 255Introduction to Programming4Major
STAT 314 or STAT 321Applications of Statistics or Introduction to Statistical Computing4Major
BIOL/BNFO 540Fundamentals of Molecular Genetics3Major
BIOL/BNFO 541 or BIOZ 476Laboratory in Molecular Genetics or Molecular Capstone Laboratory2Major
CHEM 302Organic Chemistry II3Major
CHEM 403Biochemistry I3Major
Select 10 credits of concentration electives (see VCU advisor for course options)10Major
Open electives11Elective
Credits completed at VCU59
Bachelor's degree total120
Bachelor of Science: Bioinformatics with a concentration in computational sciences
MATH 200Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (if not taken at John Tyler)0 to 4Major
BIOL 300Cellular and Molecular Biology3Major
BNFO 201Computing Skills and Concepts for Bioinformatics3Major
BNFO 300Molecular Biology Through Discovery3Major
BNFO 301Introduction to Bioinformatics3Major
BNFO 420Applications in Bioinformatics3Major
STAT 314 or STAT 321Applications of Statistics or Introduction to Statistical Computing4Major
CSMC 255Introduction to Programming4Major
CMSC 256Data Structures and Object-Oriented Programming4Major
CMSC 302Introduction to Discrete Structures3Major
CMSC 355Fundamentals of Software Engineering3Major
CMSC 401Algorithm Analysis with Advanced Data Structures3Major
Select 9 credits of concentration electives (see VCU advisor for course options)9Major
Open electives10Elective
Credits completed at VCU59
Bachelor's degree total120
Bachelor of Science: Bioinformatics with a concentration in quantitative/statistical sciences
MATH 200Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (if not taken at John Tyler)0 to 4Major
BIOL 300Cellular and Molecular Biology3Major
BNFO 201Computing Skills and Concepts for Bioinformatics3Major
BNFO 300Molecular Biology Through Discovery3Major
BNFO 301Introduction to Bioinformatics3Major
BNFO 420Applications in Bioinformatics3Major
CMSC 255Introduction to Programming4Major
STAT 314Applications of Statistics 4Major
MATH 201Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (if not taken at John Tyler)0 to 4Major
MATH 307Multivariate Calculus4Major
MATH 310Linear Algebra3Major
STAT 321Introduction to Statistical Computing3Major
Select 8 credits of concentration electives (see VCU advisor for course options)8Major
Open electives10Elective
Credits completed at VCU59
Bachelor's degree total120
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