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Thanks to Jordan Patterson for the information that the University of Alberta offers four-year Biology or Computer Science degrees with a specialization in bioinformatics. The Faculty of Computer Science there offers Master's and PhD training in bioinformatics.

Benjamin Horsman wrote to tell me that Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia are collaborating on a new Bioinformatics training program with the British Columbia Cancer Agency. The program offers post-graduate diploma, Master's, and PhD training in Bioinformatics. Now Simon Fraser University also offers a joint major programme in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (MBB) and Computer Science in Bioinformatics. Thanks to Brittany Nielsen for the info.

Thanks to Olga Likhodi for the information that Seneca College, Toronto offers a post-graduate diploma in Bioinformatics.

Peter Kublik informs me that from 2003/2004 the University of Calgary will offer a bioinformatics programme. He's part of the first intake.

The University of Waterloo, Department of Computer Science offers undergraduate and graduate courses in bioinformatics. More information is here.


The Keck Graduate Institute claims that computational biology is a core element of the curriculum in its Master of Bioscience degree.

Stanford University offers academic and professional (distance-learning) MSs in Biomedical Bioinformatics as well as its PhD programme. Thanks to Betty Cheng.

Thanks to Momchil Georgiev for the information that the University of California at San Diego offers a Bioinformatics graduate programme and to Dana Brehm that there is now a new bachelor's program, to quote her:

"[This is an] undergraduate, interdisciplinary program for undergraduates leading to a B.S. degree. The new Bioinformatics major is offered by the Division of Biology, and the departments of Chemistry/Biochemistry, Computer Science and Engineering, and Bioengineering. A student may choose to major in Bioinformatics in any one of the four departments or division. The Division of Biology currently offers two Bioinformatics courses, and with the advent of the cross-disicplinary major, even more courses are going to be taught 2002-03 and 2003-04."

University of California, Irvine Informatics in Biology and Medicine

David Delong wrote to me to point out that the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of California, Riverside is developing a "Center in Genomics and Bioinformatics" which will offer a PhD curriculum in genomics and bioinformatics from academic year 2001-2002 onwards.

Catherine Velazquez says that The University of California, Santa Cruz offers a new undergraduate BS course in bioinformatics. They have a Frequently Asked Questions. Now they also offer an MS/PhD in Bioinformatics. Thanks to Kevin Karplus for the update.


Javier Rojas Balderrama emailed me to point out thatYale University offers a Bioinformatics and Computational Biology track as part of its combined Biological and Biomedical Sciences graduate programme.


Georgia Institute of Technology Masters of Science in Bioinformatics


IUPUI offers an MS programme in Bioinformatics.

Indiana University also offers an MS programme in Bioinformatics.


DePaul University school of Computer Science(CTI) offers degrees in Computer Science and Software Engineering that can incorporate a sequence in Bioinformatics.


Iowa State University offers an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB).


The Jackson Lab, a World centre of mouse genome informatics offers a graduate training program.


Boston University offers a graduate programme and so does its partner North Eastern University. North Eastern also offers a Graduate Certificate in the subject.

Brandeis University offers both a Master of Science in Bioinformatics and a Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics. Thanks to Matt Foster.

The Department of Computer Science at UMass Lowell offers various degrees from Bachelor's through to PhD. level in Computer Science with Bioinformatics options.


At the National Autonomous University of Mexico a doctoral program in biomedical sciences is available. Their Computational Molecular Biology Group is here.


The University of Minnesota offers a graduate minor in bioinformatics.


The University of Nebraska Lincoln offers an Interdisciplinary Bioinformatics Specialization.

The Graduate Program of the Pathology-Microbiology Department at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (University of Nebraska at Omaha) offers a specialty track in bioinformatics.


Rama Penta wrote to say that Stevens Institute of Technology offers a Master's programme in Bioinformatics.

The message also states that the University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey (UMDNJ) offers a programme in biomedical informatics.

Thanks to Anu Haniharan for drawing my attention to mixing up the Minnesota and New Jersey paragraphs.

Moustafa wrote to say that Ramapo College in New Jersey is the only school in New Jersey offering a Bachelor's degree in bioinformatics.

New York State

The University at Buffalo has been involved in establishing a "Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics". It used to a range of courses in bioinformatics and related subjects, but all the course links seem to be dead now. Thanks to Jeff Ligas for the original notification.

Canisius College---also in Buffalo, NY---has had a state-approved B.S. in Bioinformatics since 2001. Thanks to Deb Burhans.

Cornell and Rockefeller Universities, together with the Sloan-Kettering Research Institute offer a "Tri-institutional program in Computational Biology and Medicine". Thanks to Brant Inman.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute offers both undergraduate and graduate programmes in bioinformatics

Rochester Institute of Technology offers BS MS and BS/MS programmes in Bioinformatics. Thanks to Brandon H.

According to Maureen Downey, the College of Staten Island, part of the City University of New York also offers a challenging program in bioinformatics.

If you know of any other bioinformatics courses on the American continent please feel free to [/sendmessage.php? mail] me about them.

North Carolina

Duke University's Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology offers various bioinformatics programmes.

The North Carolina State University Statistical Genetics and Bioinformatics Program offers Master's Bioinformatics and PhDs in bioinformatics.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers a programme in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB).


Andrew Johnson writes: "There is a relatively new Biomedical Informatics program in Ohio. (I'm entering the program in a few months). Though the department stands alone, it is in the College of Medicine at the Ohio State Medical Center. Entrance is offered through a new Integrated Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.".


The University of Pennsylvania offers some of the best known and longest established bioinformatics programmes at Batchelor's, Master's and PhD levels. Thanks to Louis Licamele for pointing out my oversight (I just assumed I'd already listed them!) He also points out that Georgetown University is planning bioinformatics courses too.


The University of Texas, El Paso offers a Master's in Bioinformatics.

The Keck Center for Computational Biology---a joint venture of Baylor College of Medicine; University of Houston; Rice University; University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston; M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; and University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston---offers undergraduate (not 2003) and graduate level training in Computational Biology.

Tom Andrews, a student on the course, has written to me to tell me that Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi is currently offering a BS computer science degree in bioinformatics.


George Mason University offers both M.S. and PhD. programmes in Bioinformatics.

The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's Bioinformatics Institute offers graduate options in Bioinformatics. Thanks to William S. Preissner for correcting this entry.

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