Data Science with Concentration in Genomics and Bioinformatics, B.S.

Data Science is an interdisciplinary field of study about methods and systems to extract knowledge or insights from large quantities of data coming in various forms. Temple's B.S. in Data Science is designed for students interested in developing expertise in data science. The Genomics and Bioinformatics concentration provides a strong background in mathematics, computational thinking, and biological data analysis, and will enable students to analyze large quantities of data to discover new knowledge and facilitate decision making. This specialization is intended for students interested in biology, ecology, evolution, human health and disease, and precision medicine. Over the past decade, the emergence of next-generation sequencing technologies has facilitated the rapid growth of genomic data; however, undergraduate training in big data management, big data processing, and big data analysis has not kept up with this rapid growth in large-scale biological data generation.

Undergraduate Contact Information:

Dr. Slobodan Vucetic, Chair
Science Education and Research Center, Room 304
215-204-8450

Dr. Gene Kwatny, Vice Chair
Science Education and Research Center, Room 304
215-204-8450

Dr. Anthony Hughes, Faculty Advisor
Science Education and Research Center, Room 341
215-204-7910
anthony.hughes@temple.edu

Bachelor of Science

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)
    • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.

    • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major: BIOL 2296 and SCTC xx96.

    • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
      • See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
      • Students who complete CST majors typically receive a waiver for 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.
    • Students must satisfy general Temple University residency requirements.
  2. College Requirements
    • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).

    • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).

  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (80 s.h.)
    At least 9 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple. At least 7 CIS courses must be completed at Temple.
    Introductory Science Requirements
    Select one of the following:4
    General Chemistry I
    and General Chemistry Laboratory I
    Honors General Chemical Science I
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory I
    Select one of the following:4
    General Chemistry II
    and General Chemistry Laboratory II
    Honors General Chemical Science II
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory II
    Calculus Requirements
    MATH 1041Calculus I4
    or MATH 1941 Honors Calculus I
    MATH 1042Calculus II4
    or MATH 1942 Honors Calculus II
    Math Methods in Computing Requirements
    CIS 1166Mathematical Concepts in Computing I4
    CIS 2166Mathematical Concepts in Computing II4
    Probability and Statistics Requirements
    MATH 3031Probability Theory I3
    MATH 3032Mathematical Statistics3
    Programming Requirements
    CIS 1068Program Design and Abstraction4
    CIS 2168Data Structures4
    Common Specialty Course Requirements
    CIS 3715Principles of Data Science4
    SCTC xx963
    Concentration Requirements
    BIOL 1111Introduction to Biology I4
    or BIOL 1911 Honors Introduction to Biology I
    BIOL 2112Introduction to Biology II4
    or BIOL 2912 Honors Introduction to Biology II
    BIOL 2296Genetics4
    BIOL 3101Evolution3
    BIOL 3111Genomics in Medicine3
    Select one of the following:4
    Organic Chemistry I
    and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
    Organic Chemistry for Majors I
    and Organic Majors Laboratory I
    Organic Chemistry for Honors I
    and Organic Honors Laboratory I
    Select one of the following:4
    Organic Chemistry II
    and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
    Organic Chemistry for Majors II
    and Organic Majors Laboratory II
    Organic Chemistry for Honors II
    and Organic Honors Laboratory II
    Genomics and Bioinformatics Elective Requirements
    Select from the following list:9
    Principles of Ecology
    Fundamentals of Genomic Evolutionary Medicine
    Evolutionary Ecology
    Genomics and Infectious Disease Dynamics
    Human Genetics
    Human Evolution
    Evolutionary Genetics
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology of Parasites and Other Dependent Species
    Plant Community Ecology 1
    Plant Genetics
    Molecular Biology
    Virology
    Biology of Cancer 2
    Biotechnology 2
    Genomic Biology
    Probability, Statistics & Stochastic Methods
    Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
    Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
    Total Credit Hours80
    1

    This course requires an additional prerequisite of BIOL 2227.

    2

    This course requires an additional prerequisite of BIOL 3096.

Calculation of Major GPA

The list of courses that are used to calculate major GPA is determined by the department. Students should consult with their academic advising unit for the applicable courses. In general, courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or a required course are not counted for the major GPA.

Distinction in Major

To graduate with Distinction in Major, students are required to have a 3.50 or higher grade point average (GPA) both in the major and overall, as well as be recommended by the department of Computer & Information Science.

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Science in Data Science with Concentration in Genomics and Bioinformatics

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
CIS 1068 or 1968Program Design and Abstraction4
MATH 1041 or 1941Calculus I4
General Education/Elective Credits7
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CIS 1166 or 1966Mathematical Concepts in Computing I4
MATH 1042 or 1942Calculus II4
General Education/Elective Credits7
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall
CHEM 1031 or 1951General Chemistry I3
CHEM 1033 or 1953General Chemistry Laboratory I1
CIS 2166Mathematical Concepts in Computing II4
CIS 2168Data Structures4
General Education/Elective Credits4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
BIOL 1111 or 1911Introduction to Biology I4
CHEM 1032 or 1952General Chemistry II3
CHEM 1034 or 1954General Chemistry Laboratory II1
CIS 3715Principles of Data Science (S)4
General Education/Elective Credits3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
BIOL 2112 or 2912Introduction to Biology II4
MATH 3031Probability Theory I3
Select one of the following:4
Organic Chemistry I 
Organic Chemistry for Majors I 
Organic Chemistry for Honors I 
General Education/Elective Credits5
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
BIOL 2296Genetics [WI] (S)4
MATH 3032Mathematical Statistics (S)3
Select one of the following:4
Organic Chemistry II 
Organic Chemistry for Majors II 
Organic Chemistry for Honors II 
General Education/Elective Credits5
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
BIOL 3101Evolution (F)3
BIOL 3111Genomics in Medicine (F)3
Data Science: Genomics & Bioinformatics Elective3
Data Science: Genomics & Bioinformatics Elective3
General Education/Elective Credits3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
SCTC xx96 (S)3
Data Science: Genomics & Bioinformatics Elective3
General Education/Elective Credits9
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123
(F) - Fall only course
(S) - Spring only course