Housed in the Department of Computer Science, Science Informatics is an interdisciplinary program linking computer science concepts to the data intensive realms of subjects based in the Biology, Chemistry and Mathematical Sciences departments. The program will train students in the problem-solving techniques used to handle very large datasets, like ones seen in Bioinformatics, Cheminformatics and Geoinformatics. Students will then hone and apply those techniques by fulfilling the research requirement.
A 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.
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! Find out about faculty research interests in the department associated with your course track:
- Biology Faculty
- Chemistry & Biochemistry Faculty
- Computer Science Faculty
A BS in Science Informatics offers an excellent foundation 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, perhaps the best known being Bioinformatics because 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 an evolving practice changing the way technology-based and data-intensive companies organize their research-and-development activities!
Science Informatics Program Information
If you were enrolled prior to 2014 check your progress on NEST to see the requirements for your track