Bioinformatics & Biotechnology
The Bioinformatics Major is designed to develop the skills of those students with interests in both computer science and the biological sciences and allow them to merge these interests in the area of bioinformatics or computational biology. The breadth of skills acquired will provide students with exciting options from graduate school, professional school (medical, dental, law), and employment opportunities directly out of this undergraduate program, especially with biotechnology companies. The Bioinformatics major prepares you to have an incredible number of options. The following graph shows what BYU Bioinformatics students have done after graduation.
A bachelor's degree in Computer Science with an emphasis in Bioinformatics uses technology to generate and interpret data on genetic code, medicine, virology, agriculture, and other areas of biology. Students studying with this emphasis are also prepared for a wide variety of careers, with students recently being placed at General Motors, Epic, and more.
Students who major in Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology choose to follow one of four available course tracks depending on individual interest. Each track includes a comprehensive core of courses in genetics, biology, and chemistry along with more specialized offerings.
When studying Biostatistics, students collect and analyze data dealing with health and biology. Some fields of inquiry include biochemistry, human performance, and the efficacy of medical techniques and technology.