Housed in the Department of Computer Science, Science Informatics is an interdisciplinary program supported by the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences. The program will train students in the problem-solving techniques used to handle very large datasets, like ones seen in Bioinformatics and Cheminformatics. Students will then hone and apply those techniques by fulfilling the research requirement.
Hands-on research experience is a key feature of the Science Informatics program. In pursuing this major, you will have a research externship and a capstone experience where each student develops a research problem, with faculty guidance, and implements a solution. Both are a part of your undergraduate training. In addition, as a student in the College of Science and Mathematics, you will have many additional opportunities to pursue independant scientific research with faculty members. The first step is to find out what faculty members are doing in the research areas that are most exciting to you! Visit the following to find out about faculty research in the department associated with that course track you choose:
A BS in Science Informatics offers excellent foundations for a vast array of careers in the public or private sectors. Students are especially prepared to work in New Jersey's high tech pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and other data intensive industries. The program also elicits students to engage in graduate studies in the underpinning disciplines.
Bioinformatics is perhaps the best known of the disciplines becasue of its association with the Human Genome project. Cheminformatics is of similar importance in the pharmaceutical industry, and Geoinformatics is of increasing value in applied geosciences.
Science Informatics is increasingly changing the way technology-based and data-intensive companies organize their research-and-development activities!
If you were enrolled in the program prior to Fall 2014 the following are the programs you are following:
- BS in Science Informatics, Biochemistry Concentration (SIBC)
- BS in Science Informatics, Computer Science Concentration (SICS)
- BS in Science Informatics, Molecular Biology Concentration (SIMB)