ECE Focus Area: Bio-Informatics

Genetic testing. Genome assembly. Supercomputer.


Bioinformatics is an emerging discipline that uses mathematics and computer engineering to help answer questions in bioscience, agriculture and medicine.

Bioinformatics harnesses the power of recent developments in statistics, software engineering, high-performance computing, and artificial intelligence to sort through and prioritize vast datasets to find clues to the casues and cures of human disease.

Students with Bioinformatics training are in high demand in research labs in academia and industry, and have many opportunities to start corporate ventures.

Students interested in the Bioinformatics Elective Focus Area are encouraged to consider the track and EFA course selection suggestions listed below when completing their plan of study form.

EFA Requirements

Suggested Options


Computer Track: accelerated curriculum, standard curriculum

Breadth Elective
(select one)

ECE:3400 Linear Systems II
ECE:3540 Communication Networks

Depth Elective
(select one)

ECE:5300 Switching Theory
ECE:5320 High Performance Computer Architecture

5000-Level ECE
(select two)

       All depth electives listed above and
ECE:5220 Computational Genomics
ECE:5330 Graph Theory and Combinatorial Optimization

Technical Electives
(select three)

CS:2230 Computer Science II: Data Structures (Required)
       All breadth, depth and 5000-level ECE electives listed above, and
ECE:5450 Pattern Recognition
BIOC:3110 Biochemistry
BIOL:1311Human Genetics in the 21st Century
BIOL:1502 Principles of Biology II*
BIOL:2211 Genes, Genomes and the Human Condition
BIOL:2512 Fundamental Genetics*
BIOL:3716 Genetics and Biotech Lab*
BME:5320 Bioinformatics Techniques
CHEM:2210 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM:2220 Organic Chemistry II*
CS:3330 Algorithms
CS:5410 Database Systems
CS:6421 Knowledge Discovery (Machine Learning)

Additional Electives
(select two)
Any of the above OR courses selected in consultation with advisor.

     * The starred technical electives have prerequisites. Click on the courses' course numbers for details.

Related Links