Biological Sciences Department

Minor - Bioinformatics

Insights into many areas of biology, including genomics, molecular biology, neuroscience, physiology, microbiology, ecology and evolution, can be gained using computational methods. Bioinformatics is the use of computational tools to understand important questions in the biological sciences. The minor in bioinformatics gives students a background in the biological sciences, computation skills, and experience using these skills to address biological questions. The minor requires 8 units of biology courses, 6 units of introductory courses in a programming language (either Python or Java), and 6 units of courses in bioinformatics.

At least 12 of units must be distinct from the requirements of the student's major. At least six units must be completed at SJSU. The minimum aggregate GPA for all coursework required for the minor must be at least 2.0. A grade of "C-" or better is required for courses being used to meet any requirement in the minor.

University Graduation Requirements

To be awarded a minor, at least 12 units of coursework must be completely distinct and separate from the coursework in the major (University Policy S16-4).

Course Requirements

Requirements of the Minor20
Lower Division14
BIOL 030. Principles of Biology IB2B34
BIOL 031. Principles of Biology IIB2B34
CS 022A. Python Programming for Non Majors I3
CS 022B. Python Programming for Non Majors II3
Upper Division6
BIOL 123A. Bioinformatics I3
BIOL 123B. Bioinformatics II3

Total Units:20