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    University of North Carolina at Charlotte
   
 
  Dec 14, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Catalog | 2017-2018

Computer Science, Bioinformatics Concentration, B.A.


The Concentration in Bioinformatics presents up-to-date methods for data handling and interpretation while developing an understanding of critical issues in bioinformatics research design, statistical data analysis, and the application of genomics domain knowledge. 

The B.A. in Computer Science with Concentration in Bioinformatics requires a compact set of a computer science core (15 credit hours). The Bioinformatics concentration requires 14 credit hours of related work with courses in the fields of biology and chemistry, while other B.A. in Computer Science concentrations require 15 credit hours of a second concentration in a non-computer science discipline, satisfied by a second major, a minor, or a set of coordinated courses developed through consultation with an advisor.  Graduates of the B.A. program are thus expected to have knowledge and skill in computer science, plus a complementary discipline to which computing applies.  The emphasis in this program is less theoretical/mathematical, and more on the applied side of computing.

Admission Requirements


Freshman admission is competitive for computer science programs and, if admissible, freshmen must present a minimum SAT-Math score of 530 or ACT-Math subscore of 22.  Transfer students must present an overall GPA of at least 2.5 with no grade less than C in computer science courses.

Degree Requirements


General Education Courses (37-41 credit hours)


For details on required courses, refer to the General Education Program .  Students majoring in Computer Science should plan on taking the following courses that meet both general education and major requirements:

Major Requirements (38 credit hours)


Critical Thinking Course (3 credit hours)


Advanced Statistics Course (3 credit hours)


Concentration Courses (27-29 credit hours)


Concentration Elective Courses (9-11 credit hours)


Subarea 1: Database/Analytics (3-4 credit hours)

Select one of the following:

Subarea 2: Professional Development (3 credit hours)

Select one of the following:

Subarea 3: Upper-Division Elective (3-4 credit hours)

Select one of the following:

Unrestricted Elective Courses (13-15 credit hours)


As needed to complete the credit hours required for graduation.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours


Grade Requirements


The GPA requirement for all Computer Science undergraduate degree programs is 2.0 or above in each of the following three categories:  (1) all courses applied to the degree, (2) all courses in the major, and (3) all upper-division courses in the major. 

Suggested Curriculum


For the suggested course sequence toward completing the major, please see the Academic Plan of Study available online at academics.uncc.edu.  Consultation with an advisor is required each semester.