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 http://www.memphis.edu/gradcatalog/ for degree plan specifications. 

Research

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

internship

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.

For more information, email bioinformatics@memphis.edu.