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2021-2022

Bioinformatics with a concentration in biological/genomics sciences, Bachelor of Science (accelerated masters degree option)

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 computational biology and data science by actually doing it--reading scientific papers, doing experiments, creating bioinformatics programs, and designing individual and team research investigations. The program includes general training in biology, computer science, and statistics to create a solid bioinformatics core, as well as focused training in a chosen concentration.


In the biological/genomic sciences concentration, students are primarily motivated by biology and have chosen this concentration to focus on upper-level biology topics such as advanced molecular biology and biochemistry.


In the computational sciences concentration, students are primarily motivated by computer science and have chosen this concentration to focus on upper-level computer science courses designed to improve students’ programming skills and understanding of algorithms.


In the quantitative/Statistical Sciences Concentration, students are primarily motivated by problem-solving using math and statistics and have chosen this concentration to focus on mathematical and statistical theory and methods for quantitative modeling and analysis.

Career opportunities

Our students learn how to use bioinformatics tools to solve scientific problems through project-based, experiential 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 Master of Science degree typically have greater opportunities than those with the Bachelor's degree as the Master's allows the student to gain more relevant skills, content knowledge, and project experience. In this case, greater opportunities refers to both roles with higher pay and although Master of Science graduates typically begin their careers in entry-level positions, they are working at a higher technical level and they will have the qualifications for leadership positions in the future.

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

Transfer Advising Request


Office of Admissions

Telephone: (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638

Email: ugrad@vcu.edu


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
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0+ cumulative GPA, 2.0+ major GPA

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2021-2022

Bioinformatics with a concentration in biological/genomics sciences, Bachelor of Science (accelerated masters degree option)

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.
  • Explore the different bioinformatics concentrations.
  • 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.
  • Review career services at John Tyler.
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • 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.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
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).
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • 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 the types of aid available at VCU.

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.
  • Explore the different bioinformatics concentrations.
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.
  • Review career services at John Tyler.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • 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.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."

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).
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
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.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Course equivalent
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2021-2022

Bioinformatics with a concentration in biological/genomics sciences, Bachelor of Science (accelerated masters degree option)

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Science: Science)

John Tyler Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 100 College Success Skills UNIV 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 (Ancillary)
ENG 112College Composition IIUNIV 2003General education
CST 100Principles of Public SpeakingSPCH 1213Elective
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 2123Major (Ancillary)
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 (Ancillary)
BIO 101General Biology I Note: students who complete BIO 101 will not be required to take BNFO 251 Phage Discovery II at VCU.BIOL/Z 1514Major (Ancillary)
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)ENGL3General education
PHY 202 or PHY 242General College Physics II or University Physics II PHYS 202 or PHYS 2084Elective
BIO 102General Biology II Note: students who complete BIO 102 will not be required to take BNFO 252 Phage Discovery II at VCU.BIOL/Z 1524Major
History electiveHistory elective (select 1): HIS 111, 112, 121, 122HIST3General education
CHM 241Organic Chemistry ICHEM 3013Major
PHI 220, REL 230, PHI 101, REL 100, PHI 111 VCU equivalent3Elective
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 (Ancillary)
BIOL 300Cellular and Molecular Biology3Major
BIOL 310Genetics3Major
BNFO 101Introduction to Scientific Computing1Major
BNFO 201Computing Skills and Concepts for Bioinformatics3Major
BNFO 301Introduction to Bioinformatics3Major
BNFO 411Ethical Issues in Life Sciences2Major
BNFO 420Applications in Bioinformatics3Major
CSMC 255Introduction to Programming4Major
STAT 321Introduction to Statistical Computing3Major
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 electives13Elective
Credits completed at VCU59
Bachelor's degree total120
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