Biology - Bioinformatics and Genomics
Master of Science (MS)
College of Arts and Sciences
Summer Term: February 15
This program may accept applications after the posted deadline on a space-available basis. Refer to the program’s website for more details.
The KC Graduate Internship Program begins summer term with intensive course and lab work in one of five focus areas, one of which offers a biology major: - Bioinformatics and Genomics Bioinformatics is data science applied to biology. This interdisciplinary field intersects biology, computer science, and math. A bioinformatician’s work happens primarily at the computer, and includes acquiring, cleaning, managing, aggregating, storing, mining, analyzing, visualizing, and communicating insights about large amounts of data. Due to the nature of the work, many bioinformaticians enjoy flexible work hours and have the option to work remotely. We are in the postgenomic era, where the bottleneck is no longer in the creation of genomic sequence data, but rather in the extraction and distillation of meaning from the raw sequence data. Decoding the enormous amount of information within genomic data requires the ability to perform the bioinformatics, as well as an understanding of the inner workings of areas such as genetics and nucleic acid, both in form and function. To truly understand what the data are and where they come from, bioinformaticians delve into the exquisite and complex field of genomics. The societal impacts of bioinformatics range from foundational scientific insights, to environmental remedies, to improvements in human health outcomes. A bioinformatician might work within the fields of precision medicine, immunology, cancer biology, microbial ecology, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, or bioengineering, to name a few. Their skills are transferrable to a large number of data science fields. Students in this track typically enter with a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, or related discipline. Students will earn a Master of Science in Biology with a focus in Bioinformatics and Genomics. On average it will take 18 months to complete the master's program. The program starts in June and most students finish in December the following year.
A bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, math, physics, computer science, or related field is required. Although not explicitly required, research and computer programming experience are preferred.
Application at a Glance
You apply for admission through your program. This program has two separate applications, the University of Oregon application and a department application. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website.
UO Application Requirements
- Official Transcripts
- English Language Proficiency Requirement for International Applicants
- Financial Verification for International Applicants
Program-Specific Application Requirements
- Letters of Recommendation
- Statement of Purpose
- Letter of Intent