Master's Degree Plan 2015-2016

Candidates entering with a Bachelor's Degree need satisfactory completion of 36 credit hours of graduate courses as approved by the Program Director.

Major Field Core (16 hours required):

  • BINF 7970 Current Lit in Bioinformatics
  • BINF 7980 Research Seminar in Bioinformatics
  • COMP 6030 Introduction to Algorithms or COMP 7712 Algorithms Implementation and Problem Solving
  • COMP 7295 Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • MATH 6635 Introduction to Probability Theory
  • MATH 7643 Least/Sq Regr/Analysis

Biology: 6 credit hours chosen from:

  • BIOL 7131 Cell and Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 7440 Molecular Biology of Cancer
  • BINF 7701 Introduction to Genomics & Bioinformatics
  • BIOM 7004 Life Sciences I

Electives: 9-12 credit hours chosen from:

  • BIOL 6480 Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
  • BIOL 6470 Molecular Genetics
  • BIOL 7704 Problems in Genome Science
  • BIOM 7110 Biostatistics
  • COMP 6014 Intro to Java Programming
  • COMP 6081 Software Engineering
  • COMP 6262 Programming in UNIX
  • COMP 6601 Models of Computation
  • COMP 7012 Foundation of Software Eng
  • COMP 7115 Database Systems
  • COMP 7116 Advanced Database Systems
  • COMP 7118 Data Mining
  • COMP 7212 Operating & Distributed Systems
  • COMP 7282 Evolutionary Computations
  • COMP 7612 Foundations of Computing
  • COMP 7740 Neural Networks
  • COMP 7780 Natural Lang Processing
  • MATH 6607 Introduction to SAS Programming
  • MATH 6636 Intro Statistical Theory
  • MATH 7221 Stat Gene Expression
  • MATH 7607 Adv Prog in SAS
  • MATH 7608 Statistical Programming with R
  • MATH 7641 Analysis of Variance
  • MATH 7642 Design of Experiments
  • MATH 7647 Nonparametric Methods
  • MATH 7657 Multivariate Methods
  • MATH 7660 Applied Time Series Analysis
  • MATH 7680 Bayesian Inference
  • MATH 7685 Statistical Computing and Simulation
  • MATH 7695 Bootstrap and Other Resampling Methods
  • MIS 7605 Bus Database Sys
  • PUBH 7150 Biostatistical Methods I
  • PUBH 7152 Biostatistical Methods II

Candidates may choose to focus on statistics or computer science by selecting from a large number of graduate classes offered in the respective departments as approved by the Program Director. Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for degree plan specifications. 


Research experience and understanding research principles are valuable skills in Bioinformatics, therefore up to 4 credit hours may be applied toward the degree requirement.

  • BINF 7092 Research


Practical experience is a valuable component of a graduate education. An Internship allows students to develop research projects and/or gain industry experience at different institutions in Memphis and across the country. Up to 3 credit hours of supervised internship may be applied toward the degree requirement.

  • BINF 7991 Bioinformatics Internship

Thesis or Project

Candidates may choose from a thesis or a non-thesis track under the supervision of a faculty research mentor. All candidates must complete one of the following classes:

  • BINF 7996 Thesis (up to 6 credit hours)
  • BINF 7992 Bioinformatics Project (up to 3 credit hours)

Dual Majors

It is possible to obtain a Master's in Bioinformatics while working toward a Ph.D. Degree in other fields such as Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Engineering. Interested students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and submit a change of status application form for evaluation and approval by the Program Director. Note: You must indicate that you will be finishing your current degree program to be considered a double major.

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