Program of study

Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics is a relatively new and rapidly growing field, and is the newest emphasis in the Department of Biology. With the rapid advances in molecular biology and biochemistry huge quantities of data are generated. Using advances in computer science bioinformatics allows us to analyze these large data sets in ways that were not possible even a couple of years ago. The program of study covers biology and chemistry, computer science, mathematics and statistics. It is anticipated that well prepared students emphasizing in bioinformatics will graduate in 4-5 years.

Special services and opportunities

The biology faculty are committed to responsible academic advising. Faculty members are specialists in their areas of advising and are current with requirements for admission into the programs they advise. Students in the Department of Biology have the opportunity to volunteer/participate in faculty research laboratories or field projects. Also, students regularly work (work study or student hire) in the laboratories, or in the Dr. Antonio "Tony" Gennaro Natural History Museum.

Service and mutual interest organizations

There are student-run clubs based within the Department of Biology, including the Caduceus Society (for students with interests in medical or medical-related careers) and the ENMU Fish & Wildlife Club for students with an interest in conservation, ecology and wildlife. Students may become members, if nominated, of Sigma Xi: the Scientific Research Society. Students who excel academically may be initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, one of the largest honor societies in the world.

Scholarships and financial assistance

Eastern New Mexico University is committed to helping students finance their education. In addition to grants, loans and scholarships offered University-wide, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers scholarships, seven of which are available to biology students. Additionally, qualified students can obtain federal work study, or they can work part-time (providing there is a faculty member with funding for such purposes) in the Department of Biology, or elsewhere on campus.

Career opportunities

Students pursuing this major will likely find opportunities in academic, government, and industrial laboratories. The fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, genomics, pharmaceutical R&D, evolutionary biology, among others, are where students will find employment. Graduate study is recommended, although there are opportunities for graduates with a B.S. or B.A. In addition to advisors and departments, Career Services offers job placement assistance to all students.

High School Courses

Useful courses would be in life science, mathematics, computer science, physical sciences, and English.

Additional Degree Information

You can find additional information about the Bachelor of Science Bioinformatics degree, including the courses you will take when you're a bioinformatics major at Eastern.

Bioinformatics Degree Plan Checklist

Advisor

Michael Vandewege

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Instructor of Biology

Office Location: Roosevelt Science Center (RSC), Room 225

Phone: 575.562.2397