Bioinformatics - it sounds like something from a science fiction story, but in reality it is a fast-growing scientific field in which biology, computer science, and information technology merge to form a single discipline, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
The Bioinformatics program at Kettering University represents a collaborative effort between the Computer Science and Chemistry/Biochemistry 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.