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B.S. in Bioinformatics

University/Institute: Ramapo College of New Jersey (RCNJ)
Location: United States - Mahwah
Focus: Bioinformatics
Recommended Undergraduate Degrees: None
Degree Offered: BS/BSc/BA/B.Eng (4 years)BS/BSc/BA/B.Eng (Major/Primary Degree)

Key characteristics of program:

Ramapo College was the first in New Jersey and one of the first primarily undergraduate colleges in the United States to offer a baccalaureate degree in bioinformatics.

The bioinformatics program at Ramapo College provides high quality career-oriented training. The program prepares students to obtain employment in the industry and academia, pursue graduate education, careers in medicine and related disciplines, or engage in research in this technological field of great demand.

Potential job options for Bioinformatics graduates include: research scientist, bioinformatics programmer, project manager, database developer and administrator, technical assistant and technical sales representative (some of these may require graduate education). The Bioinformatics program also provides excellent preparation for graduate, medical & other professional programs. In addition to the pharmaceuticals, potential employers include research labs in academia, hospitals, governmental agencies, software industry and bioinformatics service industry.

Highly qualified and experienced educators teach the courses in the bioinformatics curriculum. Faculty members are actively engaged in research and typically involve undergraduate students in their projects. The areas of faculty research interest include: molecular biology, genomics, proteomics, algorithms, structural bioinformatics, pharmaceutical chemistry, machine learning, big data, genetics and database design. Bioinformatics majors can participate in research projects under faculty supervision for credit. They may also work through the cooperative education program for industrial work experience. Students are encouraged to present their research accomplishments at national and international conferences and publish their accomplishments in peer reviewed scientific journals.

Program Goals:

The undergraduate program in bioinformatics at Ramapo College builds a solid multidisciplinary foundation in biology, chemistry, computer science and mathematics using informatics as an interdisciplinary cohesive tool. In advanced courses, students are trained to manage biological data, develop computational methods to analyze and interpret data, solve scientific problems and make new discoveries. In addition to the scientific and technical concepts, students are also exposed to the social, business, and ethical aspects of science. The bioinformatics major prepares students for obtaining employment in industry and academia, pursuing graduate education, careers in medicine and related disciplines, or engaging in research in this technological field of great demand.

See the following URL for the Mission of the Bioinformatics Program and specific Program Goals:

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Additional Information

Year Program Established: 2002
Scholarships/assistanceships may be available: Yes
Type of academic terms: Semester

Average number of applicants per year: 15
Average number of applicants accepted per year: 10
Average number of incoming students per year: 8
Average number of graduates per year: 6

Program URL: http://bioinformatics.ramapo.edu/
Syllabus URL: http://www.ramapo.edu/catalog/wp-getpage.php?p=tas/bioinformatics/

Contact Person: Paramjeet S. Bagga, Ph.D. ( pbagga@ramapo.edu )

Last updated: Dec 01, 2019

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