There has been an exponential growth in molecular biological knowledge in recent years, thanks to genome sequencing projects and technologies for determining gene expression and protein structures. The tremendous volume and complexity of data has necessitated the development of specialized computational techniques for storing, visualizing, and analyzing it. Certain technologies also require computational techniques in the derivation of data. All such techniques fall into the realm of Bioinformatics. Bioinformatics is the interdisciplinary meeting point for computer science and molecular biology. It requires understanding of the knowledge domains of biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and probability and statistics.

One major, ultimate goal of bioinformatics is to infer information about an organism from its genome. This will require the characterization of very complex systems, at levels ranging from the atomic to the cellular and the organismic.

This program is administered by a Program Committee comprised of faculty members from relevant departments. Please see the Bioinformatics program page for contact information.  

Major Average

The major average in Bioinformatics programs includes the grades earned in:

  • All courses listed in the Major Requirement C4.

Residency Requirements in the Major

To receive a degree in Bioinformatics, students must complete at least two-thirds of the following coursework (to the nearest highest multiple of 3 credit units) from the University of Saskatchewan.

  • Minimum requirements in Major Requirement C4.

See Residency for additional details.