Math and Computer Science

Bioinformatics

BIOINFORMATICS: "...research, development, or application of computational tools and approaches for expanding the use of biological, medical, behavioral or health data, including those to acquire, store, organize, archive, analyze, or visualize such data."

— National Institute of Health (NIH)

Bioinformatics Overview

With the completion of the human genome project and ongoing research initiatives in the life sciences, scientists have access to more biological information than ever before. How to turn that flood of information into knowledge and scientific discovery is at the core of the emerging discipline of bioinformatics.

In collaboration with Clark's Departments of Biology and Chemistry, the Bioinformatics Concentration brings together faculty from the following fields:

  • mathematics
  • computer science
  • chemistry
  • biology

By taking a variety of courses in these disciplines, math and computer science students have the opportunity learn how to work with scientists to solve complex, data-driven problems in biology and chemistry, and science students have the opportunity to learn about computational tools that are available to them.

Is this for you?

If you are interested in the life sciences and enjoy quantitative thinking then this concentation is especially well suited for you.

Students who graduate with a concentration in bioinformatics will be in a strong position to go into industry or continue their education in graduate school either in their major, or in a graduate program in Bioinformatics. Bioinformatics is becoming an integral part of research in the sciences.