Insights into many areas of biology, including genomics, molecular biology, neuroscience, physiology, microbiology, ecology, and evolution, can be gained using computational methods. Bioinformatics is the use of computational tools to understand important questions in the biological sciences. The Minor in Bioinformatics, offered by the Department of Biological Sciences , gives students a background in the biological sciences, computation skills, and experience using these skills to address biological questions. The minor requires 8 units of biology courses, 6 units of introductory courses in a programming language (either Python or Java), and 6 units of courses in bioinformatics.
At least 12 units must be distinct from the requirements of the student’s major. At least six units must be completed at SJSU. The minimum aggregate GPA for all coursework required for the minor must be at least 2.0. A grade of “C-” or better is required for courses being used to meet any requirement in the minor.
University Graduation Requirements
To be awarded a minor, at least 12 units of coursework must be completely distinct and separate from the coursework in the major, and coursework for the minor must include a minimum of 6 upper-division units (University Policy S16-4). Minor preparation or support courses do not count toward the 12 distinct units. Of the coursework for the minor, at least 6 units must be completed in residence at SJSU. The minimum aggregate GPA for all coursework required for the minor must be at least 2.0.