BCH 290

Introduction to Bioinformatics (3 credits)

Faculty Member in charge:
Eric A. First, Ph.D., [email protected]
When course is offered:
Spring, even-numbered years

Description of course: This course is designed to provide an introduction to the computational and biological concepts and skills required for the field of bioinformatics. It provides an overview of the field and trains students in the use of some current bioinformatics programs. Some topics to be covered are biological data bases, pairwise sequence alignment BLAST searching, analysis of gene expression data, proteomics, multiple sequence alignment, protein structure prediction, molecular phylogeny, genomic analysis, and PERL for bioinformatics. By the end of the course students should be able to search for novel genes of unkoown function, identify homologous proteins, and develop hypotheses regarding the function of novel genes. This course is cross-listed with CSC 490/690 at LSU-Shreveport (LSU-S students should contact [email protected]).