Bioinformatics: Animal Sciences, MS

for the Master of Science in Bioinformatics, Animal Sciences Concentration

department head: Rodney Johnson
graduate program coordinator: Sandra Rodriguez-Zas
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overview of grad college admissions & requirements:
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department office: 110 Animal Sciences Laboratory, 1207 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801
phone: (217) 333-3131

Graduate Degree Programs in Animal Sciences

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Research Areas

The Department of Animal Sciences offers graduate studies with a focus on bioinformatics, quantitative and computational biology, leading to the Master of Bioinformatics. Fields of bioinformatics application and specialization include:

  • animal breeding, genetics, and bioinformatics
  • animal behavior
  • environmental, lactation, and reproductive physiology
  • immunobiology
  • meat science and muscle biology
  • microbiology
  • nutrition
  • systems of animal management and production, precision management

Beef and dairy cattle, horses, poultry, sheep, swine, and companion and laboratory animals are available for study. Experience in teaching, extension, or outreach is encouraged as part of the academic work.


Candidates for admission to the M.Sc. in Bioinformatics program must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution equivalent to those from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher (A = 4.0) for the last two years of undergraduate work and for any graduate study is required for admission. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission. English proficiency requirements for admission follow Graduate College requirements. Application materials include baccalaureate degree transcripts, resume, personal statement, and three letters of recommendation. Admission is possible for fall, spring, and summer semesters.

for the Master of Science in Bioinformatics, Animal Sciences Concentration

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Graduate Handbook and the Graduate College Handbook

Thesis Option

Biology (choose one)4
Human Genetics
Applied Animal Genetics
Population Genetics
Introduction to Biophysics
Biomolecular Physics
Advanced Plant Genetics
Genomics for Plant Improvement
Plant Gene Regulation
Cancer Cell Biology
Introductory Biochemistry
Advanced Biochemistry
Advanced Molecular and Cell Biology
Fundamental Bioinformatics (choose one)4
Applied Bioinformatics
Statistical Genomics
Bioinformatics & Systems Biol
Introduction to Bioinformatics
Principles of Systematics
Computing in Molecular Biology
Computer Science and Informatics (choose one)4
Database Systems
Introduction to Bioinformatics
Perl & UNIX for Bioinformatics
Database Design and Prototyping
Data, Statistical Models and Information
Statistical Computing
Statistical Data Management
Advanced Data Analysis
Big Data Analytics
Computational Statistics
Graduate seminar (ANSC 590) enrollment is required every semester (max 2 hours can be applied to the degree)2
ANSC 599Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree)8
Total Hours36

Other Requirements

Other Requirements and conditions may overlap
A concentration is required.
Minimum Hours Overall Required Within the Unit: 8
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12
A comprehensive oral examination concerning the thesis and other areas of Bioinformatics and Animal Sciences is required.
Thesis Deposit Required: Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.0