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BIN-500   Bioinformatics Fundamentals (Fall & Spring; All Years; 4.00 Credits; N) Bioinformatics is the science of collecting and analyzing complex biological data. It is an interdisciplinary field that develops and applies methods and software tools for understanding biological data. Pre-req: BI-105, BI-106, BI-121, BI-122, CH-142,CH-143, CH-242, CH-243

BIN-516   Molecular and Cellular Biology (Either Semester; Yearly; 4.00 Credits) A comprehensive approach to the study of cells, with emphasis on molecular techniques and understanding the primary literature. Analysis of the cell at the molecular level emphasizes a unity in the principles by which cells function. PRE-REQ: BS degree in molecular biology, biochemistry or the permission of the instructor.

BIN-560   Genetic Analysis (Variable; Yearly; 4.00 Credits) Topics covered will include basic and advanced topics in transmission, quantitative and population genetics, with emphasis on analysis. the methods that modern researchers use to discover gene function and molecular basis of adaptive or disease traits and how they are transmitted over generations in model and non-model species. Prereqs: BI 105/BI 106 or BI 101/102 or one year of college Biology.

BIN-580   Advanced Research Methods (Variable; Yearly; 4.00 Credits) This class will provide training in advanced modern molecular wet lab, statistical and/or informatics tools. Bioinformatics skills will be related to assembly, annotation, variant characterization, and/or comparison of eukaryotic genomes and populations. Statistical analyses will be performed in R. Molecular tools may include DNA and RNA isolation, electrophoresis, restriction digests, DNA isolation from gels, PCR, sequencing, next generation sequencing and equipment maintenance. Core bioinformatics learning objectives will receive special attention. General skills include training students in the process and procedures of conducting meaningful and responsible research in Biology, including: deriving research objectives, experimental design, problem solving skills, responsible conduct.

BIN-581   Bioinformatics Capstone (Variable; Yearly; 4.00 Credits) This culminating experience provides graduate students with the opportunity to engage in an independent, hands-on research experience for an entire semester. The research experience can be with private industry, academia, or the government and must be approved first by Dr. Lamendella. The experience must be immersive in bioinformatics and/or biotechnology, must have a data analysis component and the research project will be disseminated via both a written manuscript and oral presentation.

BIN-600   Environmental Genomics (Variable; Yearly; 4.00 Credits) This course will utilize Microbial Community Analysis leveraging high-throughput sequencing technology to identify the microbes present in naturally occurring our man-made ecosystems. Students will learn both molecular and bioinformatics skill sets, as well as microbial ecology principles throughout this course.