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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Bioinformatics

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Science (Reynolds 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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Bachelor of Science: Bioinformatics

Reynolds 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 Reynolds Orientation (SOAR).
  • Register for SDV 101.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your advisor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Start your math sequence and pass ENG 111-112.
  • Meet with VCU STEM Transitions Transfer Coordinator to discuss options and create a plan for a successful transition to VCU.
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Browse careers related to Bioinformatics through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website.
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.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Bioinformatics Department-related events.
  • 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.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • 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.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend Reynolds Orientation (SOAR).
  • Register for SDV 101.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your advisor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Start your math sequence and pass ENG 111-112.
  • 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 cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to Bioinformatics through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website.

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.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Bioinformatics Department-related events.
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.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • 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.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Bioinformatics

Reynolds Community College (Associate of Science: Science)

Reynolds Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 101Orientation to STEM DisciplinesUNIV 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
Laboratory Science ICHM 111 General Chemistry ICHEM/Z 1014Major
MTH 167Precalculus with Trigonometry (or MTH 161-162 Precalculus I-II)MATH 1515General education
CSC 155Computer Concepts and ApplicationsINFO 160, 161, 1623Elective
ENG 112College Composition IIUNIV 2003General education
MTH 245Statistics ISTAT 2103Major
Laboratory Science IICHM 112 General Chemistry IICHEM/Z 1024Major
Social/Behavioral ScienceSelect 1: PSY 200, 230, SOC 200, 210, PLS 211VCU equivalent3General education
HLT/PEDPersonal Wellness ElectiveVCU equivalent1Elective
HISHistory elective (select 1): HIS 101 or HIS 121HIST3General education
Laboratory Science IIIBIO 101 General Biology IBIOL/Z 1514Major
Laboratory Science ElectiveCHM 241 Organic ChemistryCHEM 3013Major
HISHistory elective (select 1): HIS 102 or HIS 122HIST3General education
Humanities/Fine ArtsSelect 1: PHI 111, 220; ART 101, 106; MUS 121; CST 151; any RELVCU equivalent3General education
Humanities/Literature200-level ENG literature course (select 1): ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252, 253, 254ENGL3General education
Laboratory Science IVBIO 102 General Biology IIBIOL/Z 1524Major
Laboratory Science ElectiveCHM 242 Organic ChemistryCHEM 3023Major
ElectiveMTH 263 Calculus IMATH 2004Major
ElectiveApproved transfer electiveVCU equivalent3Elective
Reynolds credits transferred to VCU63
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
PHYS 207University Physics I5Major
CMSC 255Introduction to Programming4Major
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
BIOL/BNFO 540Fundamentals of Molecular Genetics3Major
BIOL/BNFO 541 or BIOZ 476Laboratory in Molecular Genetics or Molecular Capstone Laboratory2Major
CHEM 403Biochemistry I3Major
Select 10 credits of concentration electives (see VCU advisor for course options)10Major
Open electives3 to 12Elective
Credits completed at VCU57
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
PHYS 207University Physics I5Major
CMSC 255Introduction to Programming4Major
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
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 electives0 to 9Elective
Credits completed at VCU57
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
PHYS 207University Physics I5Major
CMSC 255Introduction to Programming 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 314Applications of Statistics 4Major
MATH 201Calculus with Analytic Geometry II4Major
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 electives0 to 9Elective
Credits completed at VCU57
Bachelor's degree total120
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