of the Interdisciplinary Bioinformatics Specialization
designed to provide training for students in the general area
of bioinformatics. The objectives are to provide students
with instruction and experience in the computational, mathematical,
and statistical analysis and interpretation of biological
data. Students will be trained to acquire, format, and analyze
data sets as well as to develop advanced information and computational
technologies and mathematical/statistical methods for analysis.
anticipate future development of an independent Bioinformatics
Graduate Program. We envision that this interdisciplinary
specialization serves as a template for that graduate program,
encourages participating faculty and departments to develop
more bioinformatics core courses and interdisciplinary research/education
system, and prepares for the independent program.
the interdisciplinary specialization works
is the interdisciplinary specialization with a dozen departments
across three colleges participating to create a collaborative
research/education environment. We consider this broader specialization
as a necessity due to the interdisciplinary reality of bioinformatics
education. For example, students with strong backgrounds in
computer science will be attracted to the Bioinformatics Specialization
in Computer Science and Engineering and acquire higher levels
of computer science education as well as basic training in molecular
genetics and biochemistry. On the other hand, students with
strong backgrounds in life science will most likely enter the
Bioinformatics Specialization in various participating life
science departments (listed in Participating Departments
page) and acquire basic training in computer science, mathematics,
and statistics in addition to higher levels of molecular genetics
and other life science education.
As of April 21, 2004, the Interdisciplinary Bioinformatics
Specialization has been officially approved by the University.
Each of the participating departments should receive
the notice letter shortly. Now students can start choosing
the new specialization on their Program of Study.
Specialization Advisory Committee
If you have
any questions about this specialization program, please contact:
Etsuko Moriyama at firstname.lastname@example.org