Bioinformatics Concentration (9376)

Bioinformatics develops and uses computer software to analyze and manage biological data.  Bioinformatics is fundamental to modern biological research and to the development of individualized medicine that will combine genome analysis, medical records, and results of clinical trials and research to tailor treatments and prevention regimen. Graduates of this program will fill the need for scientists with knowledge of biology, genetics, molecular biology, database management, and computer programming. This program is a hybrid technical program that contains approximately equal amounts of Lakeland's biotechnology science and information technology/computer science courses.  Job opportunities include biology and biomedical research, healthcare, and biomedical informational services sectors. 

A minimum GPA of 2.0 and a grade of "C" or above is required for all science, math and program specific courses. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grades may not be used to fulfill health program requirements.


Students must meet specific admission requirements for this program.  The admission requirements for the Bioinformatics program are:

  • Complete college application(s)
  • Submit high school transcript as well as any college transcript(s)
  • Meet with the Biotechnology Science program director to obtain a program application form
  • Meet with a counselor to review program prerequisites and requirements       
  • Completion of high school chemistry with a grade of "C" or above or successful completion of CHEM 1100 Elementary Chemistry I: Intro to Inorganic Chemistry
  • Successful completion of MATH 0950 Intermediate Algebra or placement into MATH 1650 College Algebra (A)
  • Successfully complete the CIS Tech Prep program OR have waived with equivalent high school or college coursework the following course:
    • ITIS 1005 Computer Essentials or ITIS 1007 Principles of Information Technology and Computer Science


Complete ITIS 1005 Computer Essentials or ITIS 1007 Principles of Information Technology and Computer Science  with a grade of "C' or better

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
BIOL 1510 Principles of Biology I 4
CHEM 1500 General Chemistry I 5
ENGL 1110
English Composition I (A) 1
or English Composition I (B)
FYEX 1000 First Year Experience 1
Select course(s) from the Arts and Humanities Electives list 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
BIOS 1500 Introduction to Biochemistry 4
ITCS 1010 Programming Logic 3
ITON 1205 Network+ and Networking Essentials 2
Select course(s) from the Related Electives list 4
 Credit Hours13
ITDB 1401 SQL Programming and Database Design 3
ITIS 1520 Microsoft Office Excel: Skills and Techniques 3
 Credit Hours6
Third Semester
BIOS 2500 Recombinant DNA Technology 4
ITCS 1870 Python Programming I 3
ITDB 1405 Oracle PL/SQL Programming 2
ITON 1748 Linux Administration I 3
MATH 1550 Statistics (A) 4
 Credit Hours16
Fourth Semester
BIOS 2400 Tissue Culture 3
BIOS 2550 Introduction to Bioinformatics 1
BIOS 2700 Internship 3
BIOS 2800 Biotechnology Science Seminar 1
COMM 1000 Effective Public Speaking 3
Select course(s) from the Social and Behavioral Science Electives list 3
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours65

 English course selection is based on placement test results (ENGL 1111 English Composition I (B) is 4 credits, only 3 credits apply to the degree).

Technical course
This course is designated as a technical course in the program. Students must earn a "C" grade or higher in the course to fulfill the college's graduation requirements policy.


Course Title Credit Hours
Related Electives
BIOL 1520Principles of Biology II4
BIOL 2700Microbiology4
MATH 1650College Algebra (A)4
Arts and Humanities Electives
ARTS 1120Art Appreciation3
ARTS 2220Survey of Art I3
ARTS 2230Survey of Art II3
ENGL 2250Survey of American Literature I3
ENGL 2260Survey of American Literature II3
ENGL 2280Survey of British Literature I3
ENGL 2290Survey of British Literature II3
HUMX 1100Introduction to Humanities3
MUSC 1200Music Appreciation3
MUSC 1215World Music3
MUSC 1800Popular Music: Rock, Jazz, Country, and Hip-Hop3
MUSC 2200Music History and Literature I3
MUSC 2250Music History and Literature II3
PHIL 1500Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 2000Comparative Religion3
PHOT 1000History of Photography3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Electives
ANTH 1160Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
ECON 1150Basic Economics3
ECON 2500Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2600Principles of Microeconomics3
GEOG 1500Introduction to Geography3
GEOG 1600World Regional Geography3
HIST 1150Western Civilization I: Antiquity Through the Reformation3
HIST 1250Western Civilization II: Age of Revolution Through the Present3
HIST 2150U.S. History: Colonization Through Reconstruction3
HIST 2250U.S. History: Reconstruction to the Present3
POLS 1300U.S. National Government3
POLS 2500Modern Political Ideologies3
PSYC 1500Introduction to Psychology3
SOCY 1150Principles of Sociology3