Bioinformatics Degree

Associate of Science
Scientist working on laptop

The bioinformatics associate's degree is designed as a transfer program providing the first two years of a baccalaureate degree leading to an advanced degree in the field of bioinformatics. 

The program teaches you to analyze data and technical information, use appropriate equipment and instrumentation, and communicate scientific concepts and information effectively. You will also learn to work effectively in groups, a common scenario in the workplace. 

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  • Identify and describe skills specific to programming, data analysis, and data manipulation.
  • Analyze contemporary problems in medicine, public health, and biology using computational approaches at the beginner level.
  • Synthesize issues across the disciplines of biology, chemistry, computer science, and mathematics.
  • Communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders, individually and in group settings, using verbal, written, and electronic modes of communication.

Program Advising

Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. The program advising guide outlines the degree requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process.

Transfer Opportunities

Montgomery College has partnerships with multiple four-year institutions and the tools to help you transfer. Learn more about transfer opportunities and discuss your transfer options with your program advisor. 

Careers

Career fields for bioinformatics majors include occupations like biological technician, biostatistician, bioinformatics scientist, molecular and cellular biologist, epidemiologist, or medical and clinical laboratory technologist. Some may require a bachelor's or advanced degree. Employment for bioinformaticists (or bioinformatics scientists) is projected to grow eight percent from 2016 to 2026.

Curriculum

Suggested Course Sequence: Bioinformatics

A suggested course sequence for Bioinformatics majors follows.

A suggested course sequence for Bioinformatics majors follows.

All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.

All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.

Suggested Course Sequence


All students should review theProgram Advising Guideand consult an advisor.

First Semester


Second Semester


Third Semester


Fourth Semester


  • CMSC 203 - Computer Science I  4 semester hours
  • Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD) *
  • Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD) *

* ENGL 101 /ENGL 101A , if needed for ENGL 102 /ENGL 103 , or CMSC 204 .

** Behavioral and Social Science Distribution (BSSD) courses must come from different disciplines.

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Related Programs and Courses

General Studies Degree

Students who major in general studies explore personal, professional, and academic areas of interest within a flexible framework supporting transfer.

Workforce Development & Continuing Education

MC offers a wide variety of noncredit classes designed to help you upgrade your skills, pursue career training, or learn something new.

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