Skip to main content

Program Overview

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary program offering substantial training in both the biological sciences and the physical and mathematical sciences with an emphasis on computer programming coupled with genetics and molecular biology. Students are expected to acquire programming, databasing, and operating system skills coupled with a foundation in mathematics and statistics. In addition, students will be well trained in molecular biology and genetics and can pursue individual interests in a variety of areas (chemistry, physics, bioengineering, computer science, molecular biology, genetics, etc.).

Program Summary

Program Credits: 60.0 Credits

Status: Open Enrollment

Introductory Course: BIO 165


To learn more, schedule an appointment with Life Sciences Advisement at 801-422-3042.

Beyond The Classroom

Engaging in internships, mentored research, associations and clubs related to your program is an important step in linking your education with the real world. These experiences enhance your education and prepare you for both further schooling and your future career.

Occupations and Employers

Possible Occupations

With a Bachelors

  • Bioinformatics Technician
  • Financial Analyst
  • Clinical Laboratory Technologist and Technician
  • Biological Technician
  • Microbiologist
  • Software Developer
  • Computer Network Architect
  • Big Data Scientist
  • Clinical Data Manager

With a Masters

  • Statistical Geneticist
  • Bioinformatics Scientist

With a Doctorate

  • Biochemist
  • Biophysicist
  • Attorney
  • Postsecondary Teacher
  • Medical Scientist
  • Nuclear Medicine Physician

Potential Employers

  • Adobe
  • Amgen
  • Grifols
  • Software companies (Google, Amazon, LinkedIn)
  • Biotechnology companies (Agricultural chemicals, Pharmaceutical, Medical device testing)
  • Biospace
  • Private research institutions
  • Federal laboratories

Meet Your Academic Advisor: Lisa Buzan

Lisae Profile.jpg

Lisa grew up in Michigan and is proud to be from the state that gave us Motown music, Ford motor cars, Greenfield Village, Mackinac Island, and Kellogg’s corn flakes.

After coming to BYU, where she received a degree in Child Development and Family Relationships, she moved on and spent time living in California’s San Fernando Valley as well as Las Vegas before returning to BYU as an academic advisor.

Lisa once went skydiving and would do it again in a heartbeat! She also enjoys movies, plays, museums, historical sites, genealogy, and “cat naps” with her cat, Goodwin.

To schedule an appointment to meet with Lisa, contact the Life Sciences Advisement office at 801.422.3042 or by visiting 2060 LSB.

Office Hours: M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed for devotionals and holidays.