Administered By: Department of Computer Science

Chairperson: geller
Associate Chairperson: borcea
Director of Bioinformatics: usman

Chairperson: James Geller
Associate Chairperson: Cristian M. Borcea
Director of Bioinformatics: Usman W. Roshan

Distinguished Professors: leung
Professors: gehani,geller,mchugh,mili,perl,shih,athomas,verkhovs,wangj
Associate Professors: baltrush,calvin,alexg,hung,marvin,nassimi,cliu,ryon,oria,sarian,sohna,dth
Assistant Professors: borcea,bcohen,usman,gwang,zhiwei
Special Lecturers: gblank,oe2,kapleau,karvelas,kwestel,theo,nirooma,rutkowsk

Distinguished Professors: Joseph Y. Leung
Professors: Narain Gehani, James Geller, James McHugh, Ali Mili, Yehoshua Perl, Frank Y. Shih, athomas, verkhovs, Jason T. Wang
Associate Professors: Michael A. Baltrush, James M. Calvin, Alexandros Gerbessiotis, Daochuan Hung, Marvin K. Nakayama, David Nassimi, Chengjun Liu, John W. Ryon, Vincent Oria, Edward Sarian, Andrew Sohn, Dimitrios Theodoratos
Assistant Professors: Cristian M. Borcea, Barry Cohen, Usman W. Roshan, Guiling Wang, Zhi Wei
Special Lecturers: George Blank, Osama Eljabiri, Jonathan J. Kapleau, Dionissios Karvelas, Morty D. Kwestel, Theodore L. Nicholson, Kurban K. Niroomand, Wallace Rutkowski

Bioinformatics Advisors: adacks,chenness,golsen
Graduate Advisors: adacks,chenness

Bioinformatics Advisors: Amanda D. Ackerman, Casey L. Hennessey, George W. Olsen
Graduate Advisors: Amanda D. Ackerman, Casey L. Hennessey

Bioinformatics is a new and exciting field that stands at the intersection of biology, computer science and information technology - among the most revolutionary scientific disciplines of the twenty first century.

Computation is doing for biology today what the microscope did four centuries ago - allowing scientists to peer deeper into the fundamental processes of life and to extract, record, retrieve, analyze, visualize and ultimately to utilize for medical and other practical purposes tremendous quantities of information. The human genome, for example, has three billion "letters" in it, organized into some 30,000 genes.

The Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics degree provides the student with an understanding of bioinformatics, computer science and biology fundamentals, along with supporting science and mathematics. This degree is ideal for students interested in pursuing a career in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, biomedical or related industries, or for those interested in pursuing advanced degrees in bioinformatics or medicine.

The Computer Science Department, which administers the Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics degree, requires all students enrolled in its majors to prepare a Program of Study Form, an approved copy of which must be on file with the department. The form should be prepared as early as possible in the student's career, and changes should be made only in consultation with the department advisor. Bioinformatics majors should enroll in CS 113 and CS 114 in the freshman year, along with General Biology I and II.

The curriculum as described below is for students entering NJIT as freshman in the fall of 2005 or after that date.

B. S. in Bioinformatics 129 credit minimum 9
B. S. in Bioinformatics (129 credit minimum)
1st Semester

This curriculum represents the maximum number of credits per semester for which a student is advised to register.  A full-time credit load is 12 credits.  First-year students are placed in a curriculum that positions them for success which may result in additional time needed to complete curriculum requirements. Continuing students should consult with their academic advisor to determine the appropriate credit load.

  R120:101General Biology I (3-3-4)
  Chem 125General Chemistry I (3-0-3)
  Math 111Calculus I (4-1-4)
  HUM 101English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking I (3-0-3)
  BNFO 135Programming for Bioinformatics (3-0-3)
  CS 107Computing as a Career (1-0-1)
2nd Semester R120:102,chem124,chem126,math112,bnfo136
  R120:102General Biology II (3-3-4)
  Chem 124General Chemistry Laboratory (0-2-1)
  Chem 126General Chemistry II (3-0-3)
  Math 112Calculus II (4-1-4)
  BNFO 136Programming for Bioinformatics II (3-0-3)
1st Semester {R120:201;Foundations of Biology ;3},{R120:202;Foundations of Biology laboratory ;1},R120:352,cs241,math333,hum102
  R120:201 (Foundations of Biology) (3) 
  R120:202 (Foundations of Biology laboratory) (1) 
  R120:352Genetics (3)
  CS 241Foundations of Computer Science I (3-0-3)
  Math 333Probability and Statistics (3-0-3)
  HUM 102English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking II (3-0-3)
2nd Semester R120:356,chem243,{Social Science;GUR;3},bnfo240,econ201,cs207
  R120:356Molecular Biology (3)
  Chem 243Organic Chemistry I (3-0-3)
  Social Science (GUR) (3) 
  BNFO 240Data Analysis for Bioinformatics I (3-0-3)
  Econ 201Economics (3-0-3)
  CS 207Computing and Effective Communication (1-0-1)
1st Semester phys111,phys111a,bnfo340[p1],{hum211,|{hum212,|{hist213}}},cs431,{Elective;Free;3-0-3}
  Phys 111Physics I (3-0-3)
  Phys 111APhysics I Laboratory (0-2-1)
  BNFO 340Data Analysis for Bioinformatics II (3-0-3)
 HUM 211The Pre-Modern World (3-0-3)
 HUM 212The Modern World (3-0-3)
 Hist 213 The Twentieth-Century World (3-0-3)
  CS 431Database System Design and Management (3-0-3)
  Elective (Free) (3-0-3) 
2nd Semester math337,mgmt390,{Elective SP;Specialty Elective;3-0-3},cs435,is350,{PE;Physical Education;1}
  Math 337Linear Algebra (3-0-3)
  Mgmt 390Principles of Management (3-0-3)
  Elective SP (Specialty Elective) (3-0-3) 
  CS 435Advanced Data Structures and Algorithm Design (3-0-3)
  IS 350Computers, Society and Ethics (3-0-3)
  PE (Physical Education) (1) 
1st semester bnfo482[p1],{eng340,|{eng352}},{Elective SP;Specialty Elective;3-0-3},{Elective SP;Specialty Elective;3-0-3},{Elective;Free;3-0-3},{PE;Physical Education;1}
  BNFO 482Databases and Data Mining in Bioinformatics (3-0-3)
 Eng 340Oral Presentations (3-0-3)
 Eng 352Technical Writing (3-0-3)
  Elective SP (Specialty Elective) (3-0-3) 
  Elective SP (Specialty Elective) (3-0-3) 
  Elective (Free) (3-0-3) 
  PE (Physical Education) (1) 
2nd Semester bnfo491,{HSS Cap;Capstone Seminar:GUR;3-0-3},{Elective GUR;Lit/Hist/Phil/STS:GUR;3-0-3},{Elective SP;Specialty Elective;3-0-3},{Elective;Free;3-0-3},cs407
  BNFO 491Computer Science Project (3-0-3)
  HSS Cap (Capstone Seminar:GUR) (3-0-3) 
  Elective GUR (Lit/Hist/Phil/STS:GUR) (3-0-3) 
  Elective SP (Specialty Elective) (3-0-3) 
  Elective (Free) (3-0-3) 
  CS 407Professional Development in Computing (1-0-1)


Basic Social Sciences GUR: Three credits of the basic social sciences requirement must be taken in economics; acceptable courses are Econ 265, or Econ 266. The remaining 3 credits may be satisfied by HSS 202, STS 257, or STS 258. Students also may take approved introductory courses in basic social sciences at Rutgers-Newark to fulfill this requirement.

Cultural History GUR: Take two courses (6 credits) from among Hum 211, Hum 212, Hist 213 , or an approved 200-level history course at Rutgers-Newark.

Open Elective in Humanities and Social Science GUR: Students must take one 300-level course from any of the following fields: English (Eng); history (Hist); literature (Lit); philosophy (Phil); science, technology and society (STS); social science (SS); or theater (Thtr). Students also may satisfy this requirement with Architectural History IV (Arch 382) or by taking an approved 300-level course at Rutgers-Newark. The department recommends that computer science majors take Eng 352.

Lit/Hist/Phil/STS GUR: Students must take one 300-level course from any of the following fields: literature; history; philosophy; or science, technology and society (STS); or an approved 300-level course at Rutgers-Newark.

Capstone Seminar in Humanities and Social Science GUR: All students, except those enrolled in the honors college, take one of the following: HSS 403, HSS 404, HSS 405, HSS 406, HSS 407, HSS 408, HSS 409. Students enrolled in the honors college take one from HSS 491H-499H.

Physical Education GUR: Students who register as full-time undergraduates for two or more consecutive semesters must take two PE courses, one of which must be a 100-level fitness core course. Students are urged to complete the requirement as soon as possible.

Management GUR: Students take IE 492 or Mgmt 390.

Mathematics: One approved 300- or 400-level course in mathematics or Math 222.

CS: Four 300/400-level electives as offered by the College of Computing Sciences.

Interdisciplinary Studies: A sequence of three 300/400-level courses from mathematics, science or engineering. A list of approved course sequences is available from the advisor. Courses that are not acceptable for a major in a given department are not to be used for interdisciplinary studies.

General: A minimum of four courses (12 credits minimum). Courses should be chosen to meet prerequisite requirements of other courses. Two of the four electives must be in mathematics, science , computer science, or engineering. Two of these electives must be upper division courses. All students must have at least one science/scientific methods course in either their interdisciplinary studies courses or general electives. See below.

Science with Lab: Students take Physics III, Biology I, Chemistry I, or another science approved by the advisor each with its associated lab. This course and associated lab fulfills one semester of the three-semester laboratory science requirement for the major.

Refer to the General University Requirements section of this catalog for further information on electives.


Catalog and curricula information approved by the relevant academic department.