About BIP

Welcome to the Bioinformatics Interdisciplinary Program

Washington Adventist University offers a minor in Applied Bioinformatics. Students electing to pursue this minor will take core courses focusing on developing the skills of the student in bioinformatics.

The Applied Bioinformatics minor involves the application of computer science to the study of the molecular biology. This minor is designed for students attending WAU and pursuing degrees in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, or Information Systems. It is structured as a part of the four-year undergraduate science program at WAU.

The Bioinformatics Interdisciplinary Program (BIP) is a joint effort between the Department of Biology and Chemistry and the Department of Computer Science, Engineering, Math, and Physics. The BIP is is dedicated to training undergraduate students in technologies arising from the genomic revolution. The BIP brings together WAU's science professors from varying backgrounds in bioinformatics, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, information systems, molecular biology, immunology, and mathematics.  All of these professors share a common goal of developing student opportunities through the exploration of bioinformatics.

What careers are offered in Bioinformatics?

Students will be prepared to pursue a number of exciting careers. Students may elect to further their education in graduate, dental or medical schools, or they may go directly into careers in biotechnology, clinical or research laboratories.

The Applied Bioinformatics minor will provide an excellent undergraduate preparation for careers in biotechnology, disease research (including autoimmune pathologies, cancers, microbial infections, and AIDS), forensic science, genetics, microbiology, vaccine and pharmaceutical development, and virology.

What classes are required for the Applied Bioinformatics minor?

If you are a Biology, Biochemistry, or Chemistry major, you will need to take the following courses:

CPTR 150, Computer Science I (4)
CPTR 230M, Computer Language M Java (2)
BINF 205, Introduction to Bioinformatics (4)
BINF 420, Advanced Bioinformatics (4)
BINF 495a, Independent Study in Bioinformatics Part I (2)
BINF 495b, Independent Study in Bioinformatics Part II (2)

If you are a Computer Science or Information Systems major, you will need to take the following courses:

BIOL 161, College Biology (4)
BIOL 162, College Biology (4)
BINF 205, Introduction to Bioinformatics (4)
BINF 420, Advanced Bioinformatics (4)
BINF 495a, Independent Study in Bioinformatics Part I (2)
BINF 495b, Independent Study in Bioinformatics Part II (2)

If you are interested in the Applied Bioinformatics minor, but are not currently pursuing a major in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, or Information Systems, please contact your academic advisor and the BIP Program Coordinator.

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Affiliated Faculty Members

Biology Department

L. Melvin Roberts, PhD, Chair
Glen H. Bennett, PhD
Nellie McKenzie, PharmD
Melinda Ekkens-Villanueva, PhD
Anthony G. Futcher, PhD

For program information, contact:

Dr. Melinda Ekkens-Villanueva
Phone: 301-891-4462
Fax: 301-270-1618
E-mail: mvillanu@wau.edu
Room 102A, Science Building

Bioinformatics

For program information, contact:
Dr. Melvin Roberts
Phone:301-891-4228
Fax: 301-270-1618
Email: mroberts@wau.edu
Room 102A, Science Building

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