Bioinformatics, Comprehensive Major

Liberal Arts (Code 183-001)

University Requirements

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR BACCALAUREATE DEGREE
Credit Requirements
Minimum total for graduation 1120
Upper division credits (courses numbered 300 and higher)39
Liberal Education Core36
Academic Concentrations
Grade Point Requirements 2
Total2.00 average
Resident2.00 average
Major2.00 average
Minor2.00 average
Certificate2.00 average
University Residency Requirements
Minimum total30
Senior year23
Major, Standard, upper division in residence12
Major, Comprehensive, upper division in residence21
Certificate25 percent of credits
Procedures Required for Graduation
Obtain admission to the degree program and/or the College offering it.
Apply for graduation on CampS.
1

Certain programs exceed this minimum.

2

See special requirements in each College.

Applicability of Credits Toward Graduation

Junior College or Two-Year College Credits. A maximum of 72 semester credits earned in a junior college or two-year college will be accepted as degree credits at UW-Eau Claire.

Extension Credits. Credits earned in credit outreach courses offered by UW-Eau Claire are treated as resident credits. Credits earned in extension courses offered by other units of the University of Wisconsin System are treated as transfer credits. All other (non-UW) extension and correspondence credits are normally limited to one-fourth of the total required for graduation from any curriculum.

WTCS Credits. A maximum of 72 semester credits earned in college parallel programs at Madison Area Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Nicolet Area Technical College, or Chippewa Valley Technical College may be accepted as degree credits at UW-Eau Claire. A set number of general education courses will be accepted from other technical schools. Occupational and technical courses may also be considered for transfer if the quality and content of the course work from the technical college is judged to be comparable to course work at UW-Eau Claire. Refer to the Transfer Credit Wizard or contact the UW-Eau Claire Admissions Office for information about the current transfer policy.

USAFI Credit. UW-Eau Claire will accept up to 32 semester credits for work done through the United States Armed Forces Institute, under the provision for non-UW correspondence credit (see Extension Credits above).

Activity Credit (band, chorus, drama, KINS 100-184 courses) Students may count toward graduation no more than one credit of KINS 110-184 courses. Students may count toward graduation no more than four credits earned in any single activity course and no more than 12 credits resulting from any combination of activity courses (excluding KINS 110-184 courses). 

Other Restricted Credits. For other University restrictions, see the following: Cooperative Education; Credit by Examination; Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Registration; Transfer of Credits. College or departmental restrictions may also be placed on Independent Study (399-499 courses), Directed Study (395-495), and other types of credits.

APPLICABILITY OF CREDITS TOWARD GRADUATIONCredit Restrictions
Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Total degree creditmaximum 12
Major, Standardmaximum 1 course
Major, Comprehensivemaximum 2 courses
Minormaximum 1 course
Credit by Examination
Total degree creditmaximum ¼ of total
Major or minormaximum ½ of total
Two-Year College Credits
Total degree creditmaximum 72 credits
Activity credit (band, chorus, drama, KINS 100-184)
Total KINS 100-184maximum 1 credit
Total Band, chorus, dramamaximum 12 credits
Single course band, chorus, dramamaximum 4 credits
Extension credits
UW-Systemno maximum
Other extension/correspondencemaximum ¼ of total
USAFI
USAFImaximum 32 credits

Liberal Education Core

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire measures learning outcomes to ensure that its graduates have achieved a liberal education and prepared themselves to contribute to a complex society. Upon graduation, each undergraduate will have met the five learning goals of our liberal education core and the 12 learning outcomes they comprise. 

LIBERAL EDUCATION CORE REQUIREMENTSa minimum of 36 credits
Knowledge Goal
Knowledge Outcome 1 (K1): Natural SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 2 (K2): Social SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 3 (K3): HumanitiesTwo (2) learning experiences
Knowledge Outcome 4 (K4): Fine ArtsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Goal
Skills Outcome 1 (S1): Written and Oral CommunicationTwo (2) learning experiences
Skills Outcome 2 (S2): MathematicsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Outcome 3 (S3): CreativityOne (1) learning experience
Responsibility Goal
Responsibility Outcome 1 (R1): Equity, Diversity, and InclusivityTwo (2) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 2 (R2): Global PerspectivesOne (1) learning experience
Responsibility Outcome 3 (R3): Civic and Environmental IssuesOne (1) learning experience
Integration Goal
Integration Outcome 1 (I1): IntegrationTwo (2) learning experiences
Service-Learning Goal
Service-Learning30 hours

College Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree (B.A./B.S.)

University Graduation Requirements. All candidates for degrees must fulfill the requirements for credits, curriculum, GPA, and University residency as specified in the section of this catalog titled University Graduation Requirements.

College Graduation Requirements: Grade Point Averages. All candidates for degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences must earn minimum resident and total GPAs of 2.00 in the major, the minor, and the certificate. The resident and total GPAs for the major are computed using all attempted credits applicable to the major including those offered by departments other than the major department. The resident and total GPAs for the minor and the certificate are computed similarly.

Major-Minor and Major-Certificate Requirements. A standard major (a minimum of 36 credits) must be supplemented by a minor (a minimum of 24 credits) or by a certificate (12 to 18 credits) to meet graduation requirements for completing a first and second degree program. No minor or certificate is required with a Comprehensive Major (60 or more credits) or with two majors of 36 or more credits each.

Certain degree programs, which include Comprehensive Majors, may require more than the minimum of 120 credits for graduation.

Acceptable academic program combinations are determined at the college level. A major and a minor or a major and certificate or two majors (if available) may not be elected in the same department or program, except in the approved combinations listed here.

College Credits. Earn at least 90 credits in courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in the College of Arts and Sciences (B.A.)

Fulfillment of all University Graduation Requirements (which includes the Liberal Education Core); all College-level degree requirements (major and minor/certificate emphases, GPAs, earning at least 90 credits in Arts and Sciences course work); foreign language competency at the 102 level.  Foreign language competency may be met in one of two ways:  (1) Achieve a score on the foreign language placement test that qualifies the student to enter the 201-level course in a foreign language.  (2) Earn a grade of at least C (not C-) or a mark of S in a 102-level foreign language course (or AIS 112 or AIS 122 / LANG 122 or CSD 103).

Bachelor of Science Degree in the College of Arts and Sciences (B.S.)

Fulfillment of all University Graduation Requirements (which includes the Liberal Education Core); all College-level degree requirements (major and minor/certificate emphases, GPAs, earning at least 90 credits in Arts and Sciences course work); mathematics competency at the MATH 111, MATH 112 or MATH 113 level.  Mathematics competency can be met in one of three ways:  (1) Achieve a score on the mathematics placement test that qualifies the student to enter MATH 114.  (2) Earn a grade of at least C (not C-) or a mark of S in MATH 111, MATH 112, or MATH 113.  (3) Achieve a satisfactory score on the MATH 112 competency test.  This test may be attempted no more than two times.

Major Requirements

Liberal Arts (Code 183-001)

Advisors:  A. Brisbin (Mathematics), D. Gingerich (Biology),  R. Gomes (Computer Science), N. Mitchell (Biology), A. Smith (Mathematics).

The comprehensive major in bioinformatics will prepare students to solve problems involving large biological data sets through interdisciplinary skills and knowledge in biology, computer science, data science, and mathematics.  Through conceptual understanding and hands-on experience with real data, this program will prepare students for jobs or graduate school in bioinformatics. 

A minimum of 60 semester credits, including:
MATH 114Calculus I4
MATH 215Calculus II4
MATH 246Elementary Statistics 14
MATH 314Discrete Mathematics3
BIOL 221Foundations of Biology I4
BIOL 222Foundations of Biology II3
BIOL 223Foundations of Biological Inquiry2
BIOL 323Genetics3
BIOL 324Genetics Inquiry2
CHEM 115Chemical Principles 26
CHEM 325Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory4
BIOL 149The Big Picture in Bioinformatics1
DS 150Computing in Python: Fundamentals and Procedural Programming4
DS 250Data Structures and Algorithms in Bioinformatics4
BIOL 342 34
BIOL 343 34
CS 388UNIX Systems Programming3
BIOL 393 31
1

In place of MATH 246, students may take either MATH 345 or the sequence of MATH 346 and MATH 347 or BIOL 383.

2

In place of CHEM 115, students may take the sequence of CHEM 105, CHEM 106, and CHEM 109.

3

Course in development.

Suggestions for general elective credits to guide faculty mentor and student when planning post-baccalaureate career: two courses recommended.
BIOL 305Molecular and Cell Biology4
BIOL 306Infectious Disease Ecology3
BIOL 308Evolution3
BIOL 321Ecology3
BIOL 361Biology of Microorganisms5
BIOL 402Current Topics in Virology and Immunology4
BIOL 405Advanced Cell and Molecular Lab4
BIOL 409Molecular Genetics4
BIOL 460Developmental Biology4
CHEM 352Fundamentals of Biochemistry4
CHEM 452
CHEM 453
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Laboratory
5
CHEM 454Biochemistry II3
CS 425Machine Learning3
PH 450Epidemiology3
MATH 324Linear Algebra4
MATH 441Linear Regression Analysis, with Time Series4

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing this program will be expected to meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Explain and apply core concepts in biology, computer science, and mathematics, especially as they apply to data analysis. 

  • Explain and apply the chemical principles that underlie biochemistry, molecular biology, and genomics. 

  • Use software to extract information from large databases and use that information in computer modeling and data analysis. 

  • Use problem-solving skills, including the ability to develop new algorithms and methods of data analysis. 

  • Explain and apply fundamental methods in probability and statistics to the analysis of biological datasets. 

  • Explain the intersection of life and information sciences, the core of shared concepts, language, and skills. 

  • Understand terminology used in molecular biology, genetics, evolutionary biology, information theory, and database management. 

  • Explain the construction of predictive mathematical models of biological systems.

Sample Degree Plan

Bioinformatics, Comprehensive Major, B.S.

The following is a sample degree plan, based on the 2022-2023 catalog. It is based on the 120-credit graduation requirement and assumes no transferred credits, no requirements waived by placement tests, no courses taken in the summer or winter, no repeated courses, and no remedial courses that may be required. This sample degree plan is intended for first-year students entering UW-Eau Claire in the fall semester. Your own degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). UW-Eau Claire cannot guarantee all courses will be offered as shown, but will provide a range of courses that may enable prepared students to fulfill their requirements in a timely period. This sample degree plan is just a guide. Please consult your advisor, your degree audit, and the catalog to create your own degree plan. Note: In order to earn the required minimum of 120 credits for the degree in four years, you should plan to take 15 credits each semester or 30 credits each year.

To earn a degree, students must fulfill all University Graduation Requirements, including the Liberal Education (LE) Core. LE Core course work in the following sample degree plan uses abbreviations such as LE-K1, LE-S2, LE-R3, and LE-I1 to represent the learning outcomes students will meet via completion of their liberal education course work. Please click here for a description of the Liberal Education Core outcomes and requirements. Note that the LE Core may be completed through both course and non-course experiences.

Students in this major have the option to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The degrees are distinguished by foreign language competency for the B.A. and a higher level of mathematics competency for the B.S.

FIRST YEAR
FIRST SEMESTER
CHEM 105General Chemistry I Lecture3
CHEM 106General Chemistry I Laboratory (LE-K1L)2
MATH 109Algebra for Calculus (LE-S2)4
BIOL 149The Big Picture in Bioinformatics1
WRIT 114Intensive Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing (LE-S1)5
OR
Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing (LE-S1)
SECOND SEMESTER
CHEM 109General Chemistry II with Lab4
MATH 113Trigonometry (LE-S2)2
BIOL 221Foundations of Biology I (LE-K1L)4
LE Core Elective- Global Perspective (LE-R2) with (K2), (K3), or (K4) a3
LE Option: Skills 1 (LE-S1) Written and Oral Communication3
Total30
SECOND YEAR
FIRST SEMESTER
DS 150Computing in Python: Fundamentals and Procedural Programming4
MATH 114Calculus I (LE-S2)4
BIOL 222Foundations of Biology II3
BIOL 223Foundations of Biological Inquiry (LE-S3)2
LE Core Elective- Social Science (K2), Humanities (K3) or Fine Arts (K4) a3
SECOND SEMESTER
BIOL 323Genetics3
MATH 215Calculus II4
DS 250Data Structures and Algorithms in Bioinformatics4
LE Core Elective- Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity (R1) with (K2) or (K3)
Total30
THIRD YEAR
FIRST SEMESTER
BIOL 324Genetics Inquiry2
BIOL 342 b4
MATH 314Discrete Mathematics3
LE Option: Responsibility 1 (LE-R1, DDIV) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity with Design for Diversity3
Major Elective-Upper Division BIOL, CS, DS or MATH3
SECOND SEMESTER
BIOL 343 b4
BIOL 393 b1
MATH 246Elementary Statistics4
LE Option: Responsibility 3 (LE-R3) Civic and Environmental Issues3
LE Core Elective- Social Science (K2), Humanities (K3) or Fine Arts (K4) a3
Total30
FOURTH YEAR
FIRST SEMESTER
CS 388UNIX Systems Programming3
CHEM 325Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory4
LE Option: Integration (LE-I1)3
Major Elective-Upper Division BIOL, CS, DS or MATH3
Major Elective-Upper Division BIOL, CS, DS or MATH3
SECOND SEMESTER
LE Option: Integration (LE-I1)3
LE Core Elective- Social Science (K2), Humanities (K3) or Fine Arts (K4) a3
Major Elective-Upper Division BIOL, CS, DS or MATH4
Major Elective-Upper Division BIOL, CS, DS or MATH4
Total30
Minimum total for the baccalaureate degree = 120 credits
a

In this 4 year plan, the experiences for (K2), (K3), and (K4) are listed together. The appropriate number of experiences from each learning outcome will be required.

b

Course in development.

Notes:

  • Must maintain a 2.0 GPA in major program.
  • All students must complete the 30-hour Service-Learning Requirement via a non-credit or credit option (see https://nextcatalog.uwec.edu/undergraduate/graduation-requirements/).

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HIGH IMPACT PRACTICES (HIPs) 
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire encourages all students to participate in High Impact Practices.  The following information identifies any specific recommendations that faculty in this major have concerning which HIPs might be most beneficial to students, and any recommendations about when those HIPs best fit into the degree plan. Students should also consult their faculty advisor for information on HIPs. There are many additional high impact opportunities available. Talk to your academic advisor for more information about incorporating HIPs like Study Abroad, Intercultural Immersion, Internship, and/or Student/Faculty Collaborative Research into your time at UW-Eau Claire.

Liberal Education (LE) Core Guidance

Liberal Education Core (LE Core) 

The LE Core comprises 17 learning experiences across 11 learning outcomes. Students must complete a minimum of 36 credits in courses approved for the LE Core. 

  • K1 – Natural Sciences; two experiences (one lab science experience is required in K1 or K2). 

  • K2 – Social Sciences; two experiences (one lab science experience is required in K1 or K2). 

  • K3 – Humanities; two experiences. 

  • K4 – Fine Arts; one experience. 

  • S1 – Written and Oral Communication; two experiences (one experience must satisfy the University writing requirement). 

  • S2 – Mathematics; one experience (must satisfy the University math competency requirement). 

  • S3 – Creativity; one experience (can be fulfilled in a student’s major). 

  • R1 – Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity; two experiences (one experience must meet the UW System Design for Diversity (DD) requirement). 

  • R2 – Global Perspectives; one experience. 

  • R3 – Civic and Environmental Issues; one experience. 

  • I1 – Integration; two experiences (one experience can be fulfilled in a student’s major). 

  • SL—Service Learning; 30 hours 

Additional LE Core Information 

  • Most LE Core learning experiences are course based, and many courses meet more than one learning outcome (e.g., K3 and R2 or K1 and R3). 

  • Some learning experiences can also be met outside of a traditional course (e.g., undergraduate research (S3), study abroad (I1)). 

  • S1 – An English placement score that fulfills the University writing requirement fulfills one S1 experience. 

  • S1 – A foreign Language placement score that qualifies the student to enter the 102 level satisfies one S1 experience. 

  • S1, R2 – A foreign language placement score that qualifies the student to enter the 202 level satisfies one experience in S1 and the R2 experience. 

  • S2 – A math placement score that qualifies the student to enter Math 111, 112, 113 or 114 fulfills the S2 experience. 

  • S3 – Completion of two credits from any approved music ensemble fulfills the S3 experience. 

  • I1 – Any semester long study abroad program can fulfill one I1 experience.