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BIOL 3212: Intro to Bioinformatics

Introduction to Bioinformatics and Computational Biology presents students without a computational background with an initial presentation of the biological questions that can be addressed computationally using mostly online tools. Beginning with an introduction to the scientific hypothesis testing and computational biology, students will subsequently be introduced to searching the scientific literature and biological datasets and databases, concepts in the organization of genes and genomes, sequence searching (BLAST), pairwise and multiple sequence alignment, phylogenetic tree reconstruction, protein structure and homology modeling, and finally modeling function in metabloic pathways. This course is designed as an applied course and as a prerequisite for more advanced conceptual and technological courses in the department.

Credits: 3