Bioinformatics, Comprehensive Major

Bioinformatics, Comprehensive Major, B.S.

The following is a sample degree plan, based on the current 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.

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
Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing (LE-S1)
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
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
BIOL 323Genetics3
MATH 215Calculus II4
DS 250Data Structures and Algorithms in Bioinformatics4
LE Core Elective- Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity (R1) with (K2) or (K3)
BIOL 324Genetics Inquiry2
BIOL 343Applied Bioinformatics I4
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
BIOL 393Junior Seminar in Bioinformatics b1
BIOL 443Applied Bioinformatics II4
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
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
CS 388UNIX Systems Programming3
LE Core Elective- Social Science (K2), Humanities (K3) or Fine Arts (K4)3
Major Elective-Upper Division BIOL, CS, DS or MATH4
Major Elective-Upper Division BIOL, CS, DS or MATH4
Minimum total for the baccalaureate degree = 120 credits

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.


  • 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 University Graduation Requirements).

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.

Students in the Bioinformatics major are encouraged to participate in student-faculty research related to bioinformatics.  Consult with professors in the bioinformatics program in the spring before the year in which you would like to do research (for example, in spring of the first year to plan a research project for sophomore year).

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.