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Bachelor of Health Sciences: Bioinformatics Major

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USING COMPUTERS TO SOLVE THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS IN THE HEALTH SCIENCES

What makes the Bioinformatics Major special?

"The Bioinformatics stream is the smallest major in the BHSc program, allowing us to give individual attention to each student. We can and do routinely adjust the program of courses for an individual student to serve their educational needs. We foster an atmosphere of excellence and have a very engaged and active group of students and faculty." 
-- 
Dr. Christian Jacob (Director)
-- Dr. Mark Bieda (Assistant Director)

Bioinformatics is at the forefront of a revolution in biology!

Computers are playing an essential role in changing our understanding of all levels of biological organization. Bioinformatics addresses the unique issues presented by applying computers to biological systems. The use of computational approaches in biology has led to new insights into the most basic and oldest questions in biology. All of these advances have led to new opportunities to do leading-edge science and many career opportunities.

Interested? Choose Bioinformatics!

  • How different is one person from another? How important are genetic differences?
  • What genetic changes are found in diseases such as cancer and autism?
  • How do we effectively visualize enormous, complex sets of biological data?
  • How can bioinformatics contribute to clinical and health informatics and help to advance personalized medicine?

HONOURS THESIS PROJECT: MDSC 508

The objective of the honours thesis is for students to acquire research skills. Students will pursue an honours project within their stream of focus: bioinformatics, biomedical sciences, or health and society

The honours thesis will take a full academic year over the fall and winter semesters, and can build on earlier research activities already completed by the student. Thesis projects are supervised by a faculty member at the University of Calgary and are generally part of that faculty member's active research program.

For detailed information, please review the MDSC508 Handbook.

RESEARCH RESOURCES

Bioinformatics research project examples + books, journals and research tools for bioinformatics students. more

WATCH THE BIOINFORMATICS VIDEO

MEET A STUDENT: ARMIN ROUHI

I was very interested in learning about the use of computer technologies in biological sciences. I found that the bioinformatics stream of the BHSc program gave me the opportunity to learn about innovative applications of computer science in health research.

Find out more about bioinformatics at work:

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PROGRAM OUTLINE AND COURSES

Students must ensure that the courses they choose are appropriate to the program and will meet their graduation requirements. All students are encouraged to meet with the Coordinator, Student Affairs at least once a year.

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2016-17 Program Outline

FOR POTENTIAL TRANSFER STUDENTS

We encourage applications from potential transfer students. We create custom programs of study for transfer students to meet educational and timeline requirements. Contact Dr. Jacob (cjacob@ucalgary.ca) or Dr. Bieda (mbieda@ucalgary.ca) with questions about transferring into the program.

BIOINFORMATICS CONTACTS

Dr. Christian Jacob

Director of Bioinformatics

Email: cjacob@ucalgary.ca
Phone: 403.210.9846

Fax: 403.210.9747

Dr. Mark Bieda
Assistant Director of Bioinformatics
Email: mbieda@ucalgary.ca
Phone: 403.210.6157

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