Bioinformatics

  • Program Overview

    Over the past few decades, major advances in molecular biotechnology and computer hardware/software have changed the way pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies organize their research and development activities. An explosive growth in the biological information requires an individual trained in bioinformatics to organize, analyze and understand the biological information.

    Bioinformatics (BINF) is a new scientific discipline merging biotechnology and computer science into a broad-based field. Bioinformatics manipulates molecular and organism data to answer important biological questions. 

    Coupled with Gannon's emphasis on liberal studies, graduates from this program are fully prepared to enter professional careers or to further academic pursuits not only with the technical tools, but also with the knowledge of how to make ethical decisions about the use of these tools.

    The BINF program prepares its graduates to achieve significant career and professional accomplishments in four ways: as employable and accountable professionals, as competent problem solvers, and as selfless contributors.

    As employable professionals, BINF graduates are well prepared for graduate work or employment in their field, and to continue working in related fields. As accountable professionals, program graduates are accountable for their professional roles, and as such, pursue their profession in an ethical manner. This aspect includes the responsibility for, or leadership in research/development projects or teams, aspects of major system components, or business development work. As competent problem solvers, graduates apply current computing technology knowledge, skills, techniques and methods to develop effective solutions for problems, to improve product, process and/or organizational elements, or to innovate. As selfless contributors, graduates voluntarily give their time, talent, and/or money to their community, profession, church and/or society.

    Program Options

    • Bachelor of Science
    • Bioinformatics Minor

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.