This program has been inactivated, effective January 1, 2017.  No further enrollments will be accepted.  Students currently enrolled in the program will be allowed to complete their degree.

Home Department:Computer Science

Department Head:

John G. Geske, Ph.D.
Room 2-300 AB, 810-762-7963

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Bioinformatics at Kettering University represents a collaborative effort between the Computer Science, Chemistry/Biochemistry and Applied Biology departments and provides students with a strong foundation in computational methods used to analyze biological systems.  Students in the Bioinformatics program will obtain a strong foundation in computer software, hardware, and theory.  They will also obtain a solid background in biological chemistry by taking courses and laboratories in organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and biochemistry.  Additional special emphasis in the biological area will be achieved by taking courses and laboratories in biology.  All bioinformatics students will have several terms of cooperative work experience so that concepts learned in the classroom can be applied to real world problems.

A bioinformatics degree provides an excellent foundation for careers in biotechnology, medicine, pharmacology, environmental fields, technical management, education, business, software engineering, and information systems.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Bioinformatics Degree Program will:

  • Have a broad, fundamental and mathematically rigorous understanding of theoretical and applied computer science.
  • The graduates of the Bioinformatics Degree Program will have a broad and fundamental knowledge of theoretical and experimental biological chemistry.
  • Have the teamwork, communication, and interpersonal skills to enable them to work effectively with interdisciplinary teams in industrial, government, academic, and medical fields.
  • Understand and value the ethical implications of the bioinformatics field.
  • Be able to pursue an advanced degree in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or Medicine.

Bioinformatics Program Curriculum Requirements

First Year Experience
FYE-101First Year Foundations1
Credit Hours Subtotal: 1
General Education
COMM-101Written & Oral Communication I4
COMM-301Written & Oral Communication II4
ECON-201Economic Principles4
LS-489Senior Seminar: Leadership, Ethics, and Contemporary Issues4
Advanced Humanities Elective4
Advance Social Science Elective4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 32
Biology Core
BIOL-241Human Biology3
BIOL-242Human Biology Lab1
BIOL-381Molecular Biology4
BIOL-382Molecular Biology Lab2
Credit Hours Subtotal: 14
Biochemistry Core
CHEM-351Biochemistry I4
CHEM-352Biochemistry Lab2
CHEM-137General Chemistry I3
CHEM-136Principles of Chemistry Lab1
CHEM-237General Chemistry II3
CHEM-238General Chemistry II Lab1
CHEM-345Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM-346Organic Chemistry I Lab2
CHEM-347Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM-348Organic Chemistry II Lab2
Credit Hours Subtotal: 26
Computer Science Core
CS-101Computing & Algorithms I4
CS-102Computing & Algorithms II4
CS-203Computing & Algorithms III4
CS-211Discrete Mathematics4
BINF-310Introduction to Bioinformatics4
CS-300The Computing Professional4
CS-312Theory of Computation4
CS-461Database Systems4
CS-465Information Retrieval and Data Mining4
BINF-490Bioinformatics Capstone4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 40
MATH-101Calculus I4
or MATH-101X Calculus I
Select one of the following:4
Calculus II
Calculus II
Calculus II - Honors
MATH-310Biostatistics I4
MATH-410Biostatistics II4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Technical Electives12
Free Electives16
Credit Hours Subtotal: 28
Culminating Undergraduate Experience
Culminating Undergraduate Experience Introductory Course (No credit, Pass/Fail)
Select one of the following:4
Co-op Thesis
Intra/Entre/Social E-ship Thesis
Professional Practice Thesis
Research Thesis
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Total Credit Hours161

(Minimum) Total Credits Required for Program: 161

Representative Program

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman ICredit Hours
FYE-101 First Year Foundations 1
CHEM-137 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM-136 Principles of Chemistry Lab 1
CS-101 Computing & Algorithms I 4
COMM-101 Written & Oral Communication I 4
MATH-101 Calculus I 4
 Credit Hours17
Freshman II
CHEM-237 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM-238 General Chemistry II Lab 1
CS-102 Computing & Algorithms II 4
CS-211 Discrete Mathematics 4
MATH-102 Calculus II 4
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore I
CHEM-345 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM-346 Organic Chemistry I Lab 2
CS-203 Computing & Algorithms III 4
CS-300 The Computing Professional 4
or SSCI-201
 Credit Hours18
Sophomore II
CHEM-347 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM-348 Organic Chemistry II Lab 2
BIOL-241 Human Biology 3
BIOL-242 Human Biology Lab 1
ECON-201 Economic Principles 4
or SSCI-201
 Credit Hours18
Junior I
CHEM-351 Biochemistry I 4
CHEM-352 Biochemistry Lab 2
CS-312 Theory of Computation 4
BINF-310 Introduction to Bioinformatics 4
MATH-310 Biostatistics I 4
 Credit Hours18
Junior II
CS-461 Database Systems 4
COMM-301 Written & Oral Communication II 4
MATH-410 Biostatistics II 4
Technical Elective 4
Free Elective 4
 Credit Hours20
Senior I
BIOL-381 Molecular Biology 4
BIOL-382 Molecular Biology Lab 2
Technical Elective 4
Free Elective 4
Advanced Humanities or Advanced Social Science Elective 4
 Credit Hours18
Senior II
BIOL-481 Genetics 4
CS-465 Information Retrieval and Data Mining 4
LS-489 Senior Seminar: Leadership, Ethics, and Contemporary Issues 4
Advanced Humanities or Advanced Social Science Elective 4
 Credit Hours16
Senior III
BINF-490 Bioinformatics Capstone 4
Technical Elective 4
Free Electives 8
 Credit Hours16
Any Term
CUE -495C/E/P/R Culminating Undergraduate Experience 4
 Credit Hours4
 Total Credit Hours161

(Minimum) Total Credits Required for Program: 161