Bioinformatics, M.S.

Library and Information Science Concentration

A typical student will take 6 required courses (24 hours) 1 Biology, 1 Computer Science, 1 Fundamental Bioinformatics, and 3 Information Sciences. The student must then choose 3 courses (12 hours) of electives to complete the degree. It is strongly encouraged that up to 2 courses of these electives (8 hours) are thesis. Our expectation is that each student will arrange a custom program of study, suitable for the information management of their particular biological informatics application. Currently, this program requires students to be in residence in Champaign-Urbana.

Library and Information Science Concentration

On-Campus Only

Thesis Option

One course in three of the following areas from the department approved list: Information Organization and Knowledge Representation; Information Resources, Uses and Users; Information Systems and Access; and Disciplinary Focus12
4 hours of coursework from the approved list of biology courses 14
4 hours of coursework from the approved list of bioinformatics courses 14
4 hours of coursework from the approved list of computer science courses 14
4 hours of elective coursework 14
IS 599Thesis Research8
Total Hours36

Other Requirements1

Other Requirements may overlap
A concentration is required.
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12
Minimum GPA: 3.0

Non-Thesis Option

One course in three of the following areas from the department approved list: Information Organization and Knowledge Representation; Information Resources, Uses and Users; Information Systems and Access; and Disciplinary Focus12
4 hours of coursework from the approved list of biology courses 14
4 hours of coursework from the approved list of bioinformatics courses 14
4 hours of coursework from the approved list of computer science courses 14
12 hours of elective coursework12
Total Hours36

Other Requirements1

Other Requirements may overlap
A concentration is required.
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12
Minimum GPA: 3.0