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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Bioinformatics

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Life Science (Richard Bland College of William and Mary)
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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

Richard Bland College of William and Mary (Associate of Science: Life Science)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Attend RBC Orientation.
  • Schedule an appointment with your Learner Mentor to discuss your degree and class plan.
  • Register for ESE 101 if you have not taken any college level classes.
  • Attend FAFSA Fridays to understand how you will fund your education. These events are available every Friday in October and February.
  • Use tutoring to get ahead.
  • Attend cultural events at RBC and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU's annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the career services offered at RBC and VCU and explore career pathways on the VCU Career Services website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • 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.
  • Volunteer for service learning or community service projects.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Continue learning a foreign language or make a plan for undertaking that study at VCU.
  • 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 RBC or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships or job experiences before your senior year of 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.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend RBC Orientation.
  • Schedule an appointment with your Learner Mentor to discuss your degree and class plan.
  • Register for ESE 101 if you have not taken any college level classes.
  • Attend FAFSA Fridays to understand how you will fund your education. These events are available every Friday in October and February.
  • Use tutoring to get ahead.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at RBC and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU's annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the career services offered at RBC and VCU and explore career pathways on the VCU Career Services website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • 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.
  • Volunteer for service learning or community service projects.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Continue learning a foreign language or make a plan for undertaking that study at VCU.
  • 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 RBC or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships or 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.
  • 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

Richard Bland College of William and Mary (Associate of Science: Life Science)

Richard Bland College of William and Mary courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
ENGL 101Rhetoric and Research I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENGL 102 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.UNIV 111-1123General education
ENGL 102Rhetoric and Research IIUNIV 2003General education
ENGLCore course in The Art and Language of Ideas (select 1): ENGL 203, 204, 205, 206,210, 211, 214, 215.ENGL3General education
Fine ArtsCore course in The Language and History of the Fine Arts (select 1): ART 201, 202, 231, MUS 103, 123, THEA 201.VCU equivalent3General education
Human ExperienceSOC 201 General Sociology (or PSY 201-202 but both courses must be taken to receive credit for PSYC 101) VCU equivalent3General education
U.S. & World CulturesCore courses in U.S. and World Cultures (select 1): GEO 103, GOVT 201, 202, HIST 101, 102, 201, 202 VCU equivalent3General education
MATH 251Calculus I MATH 2004Major
MATH 217Statistics STAT 2103Major
BIO 151 + LabBiological Science I + LabBIOL/Z 1514Major
BIO 152 + LabBiological Science II + LabBIOL/Z 1524Major
CHEM 101 + LabGeneral Chemistry I + LabCHEM/Z 1014Major
CHEM 102 + LabGeneral Chemistry II + LabCHEM/Z 1024Major
CHEM 230Organic Chemistry ICHEM/Z 3014Major
CHEM 231Organic Chemistry IICHEM/Z 3024Major
CSCI 121 or 202Computer proficiency test or CSCI 121 or 202VCU equivalent0 to 3Elective
CSCI 221Programming for Computer Science & Engineering MajorsCMSC 2554Major
ElectivesNo more than 2 credits of PE may be chosen4 to 7Elective
Richard Bland credits transferred to VCU60
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
Bachelor of Science: Bioinformatics with a concentration in biological/genomic sciences
Foreign language through the 102 level (by course or placement). (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
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 electives10 to 18Elective
Credits completed at VCU60
Bachelor's degree total120
Bachelor of Science: Bioinformatics with a concentration in computational sciences
Foreign language through the 102 level (by course or placement). (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
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 electives6 to 14Elective
Credits completed at VCU60
Bachelor's degree total120
Bachelor of Science: Bioinformatics with a concentration in quantitative/statistical sciences
Foreign language through the 102 level (by course or placement). (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
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 electives6 to 14Elective
Credits completed at VCU60
Bachelor's degree total120
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