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What is a bioinformatics major?

Students of bioinformatics study the application of statistics and other computational methods to the study of problems in the biological sciences and related fields in agriculture and natural resources. Class topics may include computational biology, mathematical statistics, matrix algebra, applied calculus, experimental design, linear modeling, sampling theory, stochastic processes, spatial and temporal analysis, longitudinal analysis, sparse/unbalanced data and complex error, and applications to such topics as population genetics, animal breeding, forest genetics, population dynamics, wildlife biometry, ecology, and agricultural and natural resource management.

How much do bioinformatics majors make?

This data isn't currently reported, but we're working on it!

How popular is bioinformatics as a major?

Each year, around 480 students obtain a bachelor’s degree and around 5 students obtain an associate degree in bioinformatics. In 2021, 647 students received a bachelor's degree and fewer than 5 students received an associate degree. This is 13% more bioinformatics majors than there were in 2020. Bioinformatics is a relatively uncommon major within biology.