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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB)

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Master of Science in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology (M.S.B.C.B.)
CIP Code: 26.1103
College of Medicine (MD)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 36

Contact Information:
College of Medicine
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department (MED)
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. MDC07
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Vladimir Uversky
Phone: 813-874-5816
Email: vuversky@health.usf.edu

Website: http://health.usf.edu/medicine/graduatestudies/mscus/ms_bioinformatics.htm?wbc_purpose=Basic


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Major Information

The Master's Degree Program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of South Florida represents a multi-college partnership and a truly interdisciplinary collaboration. Participating departments include the Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology in the Morsani College of Medicine, Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences, Computer Sciences and Engineering and the Division of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering, Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the College of Public Health and Information Systems and Decision Sciences in the College of Business Administration. The major is designed to meet the increasing demand for trained people in this emerging area, which crosses the traditional fields of biological, mathematical and computer sciences. The major, therefore, builds on and complements the current strengths of the university.

The goal of the Master's Degree Program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology is to provide students enrolled in the major with high quality training and education that will prepare them for careers in science, industry, health care and education. The curriculum has been designed accordingly and provides the theoretical background, the practical training and, with the internships, the "real life" experience, which will equip students with the essential tools for a successful career in the field of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.

The Master's Degree Program in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology is designed for 36 credit hours to be obtained during one to two years of study. Core courses will provide the foundation and basics before advanced work, including electives, and a Master's thesis or internship will be pursued. The curriculum is flexible and will be tailored to the individual student's background, interests and career goals. However, electives must be selected from at least two of the participating departments to assure breadth of training.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: June 1
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university
  • Minimum overall grade-point average of 3.00 out of a possible 4.00 with a minimum grade-point average of 3.00 in the sciences
  • Graduate Record Examination*
  • Completed pre-requisites in:
    • Calculus I-III
    • Linear algebra
    • Biostatistics
    • At least “C” and “Maple” or “Mathematica” or “MathCAD”
    • General biology (1 year)
    • Organic chemistry (1 year)

*The GRE may be waived in special circumstances where the applicant can demonstrate substantial bioinformatics experience. This experience includes (but is not limited to) 2-3 years of research experience in academic or industrial settings working on bioinformatics analysis of biological data, or software development (preferentially in biological or bioinformatics fields), or participation in research projects leading to published papers. The decision on the waiving of GRE will be at the Graduate Director's discretion.

Admissions Status: Apply (Direct Receipt)

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Major Requirements

Prerequisites
Calculus I-III, linear algebra, biostatistics, at least “C” and “Maple” or “Mathematica” or “MathCAD,” one year of general biology and one year of organic chemistry.

REQUIRED COURSES

CORE REQUIREMENTS 28
GMS 7930
GMS 7930
BCH 6886
GMS 7930
BSC 6932
GMS 6901
PHC 6050
BSC6942
MAT 5932
Principles of Molecular Medicine I & II
Python Programming
Fundamentals of Structural Bioinformatics
Applied Bioinformatics
Computational Biology
Research Ethics
Biostatistics I
Bioinformatics Internship
Selected Topics: Combinatorics/Graph Theory
4
3
4
3
3
1
4
3
 

SEQUENCE
Required Courses:

      FALL
            GMS 7930 Basic Principles of Molecular Medicine Sec I & II 4cr
            MAT 5932 Selected Topics: Combinatorics/Graph Theory 3 cr
            GMS 6091 Research Ethics 1cr

      SPRING
            BCH 6886 Fundamentals of Structural Bioinformatics 4 cr
            PHC 6050 Biostatistics I 3cr
            BSC 6932 Computational Biology 3 cr

      SUMMER
            GMS 7930 Applied Bioinformatics 3 cr
            GMS 7930 Python Programming 3 cr
            BCH 6952 Bioinformatics Internship (all semesters) 4 cr 6 cr

 

Elective Requirements: Students select from the lists below, or other course as approved by Graduate Program Director.

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Science/COM

BCH 6135
GMS 6114
GMS 6194
GMS 6933
GMS 6141
CIS 6930
MAT 6932
GMS 7930
GMS 7939
GMS 6847
GMS 7910
GMS 6101
BHC 6746
BCH 6227
GMS 6103
GMS 6107
Methods In Molecular Biology
Vaccines and Applied Immunology
Biotechnology Forum R&D in Florida's Biotech Companies
Case Studies: Intellectual Property in Biotechnology
Basic Medical Microbiology/Immunology
Advanced Data Structures
Sel. Topics in Bioinformatics & Comp. Biology
Selected Topics
Graduate Seminar
Translational Biotechnology
Directed Research
Molecular and Cellular Immunology
Structural Biology
Molecular Basis of Disease
Found-Med Microbiology and Immunology
Advances in Virology
4
2
1
2
3
3
3
3
1
3
1-4
3
3
4
4
2

Management Information Systems/COBA

ISM 6124
ISM 6218
ISM 6225
ISM 6930
ISM 6930

Advanced Systems Analysis and Design
Advanced Database Management
Distributed Information System
Data Warehousing and Data Mining
Information Technology in Medical Care

3
3
3
3
3

Computer Science and Engineering/Biomedical Engineering/CE

COT6405
CEN6016
CAP5625
CAP6638
CAP5400
ESB/CIS6930

Introduction to the Theory of Algorithms
Software Engineering
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Pattern Recognition
Digital Image Processing
Bioinformatics in Biomedical Engineering

3
3
3
3
3
3

Mathematics/CAS

STA5326
MAD5305
STA5166
MAT6939

Mathematical Statistics
Graph Theory
Computational Statistics
Graduate Seminar

3
3
3
2

Epidemiology & Biostatistics/CPH

PHC6051
PHC6053
PHC6054
PHC6057

Biostatistics II
Categorical Data Analysis
Design of Experimental Studies for Health Researchers
Biostatistical Inference I

3
3
3
3

 
Comprehensive Exam

As an alternative to a Master's Comprehensive Exam, Bioinformatics Master's students will have to complete a practical internship and theoretical assignment, which will both require the successful application of the knowledge they have acquired during their formal training. Required are:

  • An internship with a written and an oral internship report and
  • A review paper providing an overview of recent advancements in an area of bioinformatics of the student's choice.

THESIS REQUIREMENTS 4-6
Complete M.S. Thesis Project or Internship
 
Students must maintain an overall average of 3.00 ("B").
 

MINIMUM TOTAL CREDITS

36

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College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

GMS6200, BCH6888, MAT5932, BCH6411, GMS6889, MAT5932, BCH6935, CIS6930, MAT6932,