Education in the United States

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The Keck Graduate Institute claims that computational biology is a core element of the curriculum in its Master of Bioscience degree.

Stanford University offers academic and professional (distance-learning) MSs in Biomedical Bioinformatics as well as its PhD programme.

The University of California at San Diego offers a Bioinformatics graduate programme and there is now a new bachelor's program. This is an undergraduate, interdisciplinary program for undergraduates leading to a B.S. degree. The new Bioinformatics major is offered by the Division of Biology, and the departments of Chemistry/Biochemistry, Computer Science and Engineering, and Bioengineering. A student may choose to major in Bioinformatics in any one of the four departments or division. The Division of Biology currently offers two Bioinformatics courses, and with the advent of the cross-disicplinary major, even more courses are going to be taught 2002-03 and 2003-04.

University of California, Irvine Informatics in Biology and Medicine

The College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of California, Riverside is developing a "Center in Genomics and Bioinformatics" which will offer a PhD curriculum in genomics and bioinformatics from academic year 2001-2002 onwards.

The University of California, Santa Cruz offers a new undergraduate BS course in bioinformatics. They have a Frequently Asked Questions. Now they also offer an MS/PhD in Bioinformatics.

CSU Channel Islands


Yale University offers a Bioinformatics and Computational Biology track as part of its combined Biological and Biomedical Sciences graduate programme.

District of Columbia

Georgetown University Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology offers a Bioinformatics Track as part of its Master of Science Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


Georgia Institute of Technology Masters of Science in Bioinformatics


IUPUI offers an MS programme in Bioinformatics.

Indiana University also offers an MS programme in Bioinformatics.


DePaul University College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) offers degrees in Computer Science and Software Engineering that can incorporate a sequence in Bioinformatics.


Iowa State University offers a B.S. degree in the interdepartmental Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCBio) and a graduate degree in an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB).

University of Northern Iowa offers a B.S. degree in Bioinformatics.


The Jackson Lab, a World centre of mouse genome informatics offers a graduate training program.


Boston University offers a graduate programme and so does its partner Northeastern University. Northeastern also offers a Graduate Certificate in the subject.

Brandeis University offers both a Master of Science in Bioinformatics and a Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics.

The Department of Computer Science at UMass Lowell offers various degrees from Bachelor's through to Ph.D. level in Computer Science with Bioinformatics options.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers a B.S., M.S., and combined B.S./M.S. degree in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, a program shared between the departments of Biology/Biotechnology, Computer Science, and Mathematical Sciences.


The University of Minnesota offers a graduate minor in bioinformatics and the University of Minnesota Bioinformatics Summer Institute an undegraduate summer training program.


The University of Nebraska at Omaha offers a unique undergraduate program in bioinformatics that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics (BSBI) degree.

The University of Nebraska--Lincoln offers an Interdisciplinary Bioinformatics Specialization.

The Graduate Program of the Pathology-Microbiology Department at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (University of Nebraska at Omaha) offers a specialty track in bioinformatics.

New Jersey

Stevens Institute of Technology offers a Master's programme in Bioinformatics.

The University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey (UMDNJ) offers a programme in biomedical informatics.

Ramapo College in New Jersey offers a Bachelor's degree in bioinformatics.

New Jersey Institute of Technology offers both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in bioinformatics.

New York State

The University at Buffalo has been involved in establishing a "Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics". It used to a range of courses in bioinformatics and related subjects, but all the course links seem to be dead now.

Canisius College---also in Buffalo, NY---has had a state-approved B.S. in Bioinformatics since 2001.

Cornell and Rockefeller Universities, together with the Sloan-Kettering Research Institute offer a "Tri-institutional program in Computational Biology and Medicine".

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute offers both undergraduate and graduate programmes in bioinformatics

Rochester Institute of Technology offers BS MS and BS/MS programmes in Bioinformatics.

The College of Staten Island, part of the City University of New York also offers a challenging program in bioinformatics.

North Carolina

Duke University's Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (housed in the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy) offers various bioinformatics programmes, including a PhD program.

The North Carolina State University Statistical Genetics and Bioinformatics Program offers Master's Bioinformatics and PhDs in bioinformatics.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers a programme in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB).


There is a relatively new Biomedical Informatics program in Ohio. Though the department stands alone, it is in the College of Medicine at the Ohio State Medical Center. Entrance is offered through a new Integrated Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.

The University of Toledo offers a masters degree or certificate through its Program in Bioinformatics & Proteomics/Genomics (BPG). There is also a pending pipeline program that will give a bachelors degree in Biological Sciences and a Masters in BPG in a total of as little as 5.5 years. The UT BPG program is part of a statewide consortium coordinated by the Ohio Supercomputer Center. Visit the BPG website.


The University of Pennsylvania offers some of the best known and longest established bioinformatics programmes at Batchelor's, Master's and PhD levels. Georgetown University is planning bioinformatics courses too.

The University of Pittsburgh now offers an undergraduate bioinformatics degree.

Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh offer a joint PhD through their computational biology program.

Saint Vincent College has a Bachelor of Science program in Bioinformatics.


The University of Texas, El Paso offers a Master's in Bioinformatics.

The Keck Center for Computational Biology---a joint venture of Baylor College of Medicine; University of Houston; Rice University; University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston; M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; and University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston---offers undergraduate (not 2003) and graduate level training in Computational Biology.

Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi is currently offering a BS computer science degree in bioinformatics.


George Mason University offers both M.S. and PhD. programmes in Bioinformatics.

Virginia Commonwealth University offers both BS and M.Bin or MS programs in Bioinformatics, including the option to pursue both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in a 5 to 5 1/2 year accelerated program.

The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University offers departmental options in bioinformatics, as well as an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology. The GBCB Student Organization Website contains additional information about the program.


In a cooperative effort begun in 2000, ten outstanding research departments at the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute offer an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Computational Molecular Biology. Students are admitted through any of the participating departments, including Computer Science & Engineering and Genome Sciences. Students from diverse undergraduate majors, including biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, statistics, and related disciplines, are encouraged to apply.

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