Bioinformatics combines biology, biochemistry, mathematics, statistics and computer science for analyzing and understanding the biochemical processes of life. If your passion is understanding biological processes, genetics, or diseases using biological information, this program would suit you well.
- Four year degree
- Full or part-time program
- You can enter this program directly from high school
- You can begin this program off-campus
What you will learn
You will learn specialized computational techniques for storing, visualizing, and analyzing data generated from genome sequencing projects and technologies for determining gene expression and protein structures. You will be able to deduce information about an organism from its genome.
A first-year schedule sample
This degree program is flexible and offers you the opportunity to take courses in many different subject areas. Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:
|BIOL 120||The Nature of Life|
|CHEM 112||General Chemistry I Structure Bonding and Properties of Materials|
|CMPT 141||Introduction to Computer Science|
|MATH 110*||Calculus I|
|ENG 114*||Literature and Composition Reading Culture|
|CMPT 145||Principles of Computer Science|
|BIOL 121||The Diversity of Life|
|MATH 116*||Calculus II|
|PSY 120*||Biological and Cognitive Bases of Psychology|
* These are elective courses. You will be able to choose from a variety of electives based on your interests.
The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.
CMPT 270: Developing Object-Oriented Systems
Object-oriented programming. The use of modeling, abstractions, patterns, and GUIs to design and build a good OO system. Unit testing to ensure that it works. Application of the techniques to interactive systems.
BINF 200: Introduction to Bioinformatics
An introduction to the main concepts, techniques, data resources and terminology in bioinformatics. Topics include algorithms for sequence alignment, sequence assembly, phylogenetics, structure prediction, functional genomics, sequence motifs, proteomics, and genome annotation. Students will also learn to use major proteomic and genomic databases, to utilize bioinformatics software toolboxes, and to write simple bioinformatics programs in a scripting language.
BIOC 311: Introductory Molecular Biology
Basic principles and techniques of nucleic acid manipulations used in molecular biology and biotechnology are presented. Information and practical experience with plasmids, restriction endonucleases, PCR, DNA sequencing, site-directed mutagenesis, cloning, hybridization, analysis of RNA and gene promoters, and protein over-expression are presented. The laboratory component will also include an Internet exercise.
You can take part in the Bioinformatics Internship Option where you will complete 12 to 16 consecutive months of supervised work experience with a sponsoring employer. The work placement usually starts after the third year of study.
The field of Bioinformatics developed during the exponential growth in molecular biological knowledge in recent years. The University of Saskatchewan was one of the first universities in Canada to offer an undergraduate degree in Bioinformatics. Institutions and units such as AAFC, NRC, GIFS, WCVM, and VIDO-Intervac on campus provide unparalleled sources of interesting problems and collaborations.
- Molecular modeler
- Database administrator
- Scientific curator
- Research scientist
- Software developer
- Computational biologist
|Canadian students||International students|
Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load, the maximum number of courses allowed (2019-2020 Canadian dollar rates).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.
These Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Bioinformatics degrees are offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:
You should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies to decide if you want a four-year or honours degree.
Admission requirements and deadlines
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