Biomedical Informatics

This Bachelor of Science program is unique within the City University of New York, and among the first in the nation to offer a truly integrated Biomedical Informatics degree at the undergraduate level. Recognized by leaders in the field, our curriculum is crafted to provide comprehensive training in the use of vast biomedical databases in healthcare, pharmaceutical, biotech, and research settings. The career opportunities that await graduates of the program are numerous, spanning entry-level employment in clinics and hospitals to biotech and software companies as well as research laboratories. Graduates may also use the BS degree as a springboard for study in graduate and health profession schools, including medical school.

Degree Requirements

The program curriculum includes a set of foundational courses in biological sciences (general biology, anatomy & physiology), computer technology (programming and databases), and mathematics (calculus and statistics), supported by an extensive list of Gen Ed courses. Building on this foundation, students are exposed to required advanced courses in molecular biology and pathophysiology, molecular bioinformatics, health informatics, and health services administration.

A large number of credits set aside for elective courses allows for directed study in three general emphases, depending on students’ career and post-graduate plans. The elective emphases are: Computer Systems, focusing on database structures and systems; Computation, directed towards study in computer algorithms and programming; and Science/Pre-Med, expanding student training in the basic sciences. Finally, a required 5-credit internship course provides a culminating experience for students to prepare them for rewarding careers.

Refer to the College Catalog for the list of required courses and approved elective courses. Students must consult with an assigned program advisor to ensure proper course selection and timely progress through the set program of study.

Admissions

Freshman Criteria

  • Minimum high school average of 75.
  • Proficiency as achieved by any one of the following criteria:
    • Minimum SAT score of 1000 (500 Writing, 500 Math);
    • Minimum NYS Regents exam score of 75 in English and 80 in at least one of the three Math sections (Integrated Algebra; Geometry; or Algebra 2 and Trigonometry).
    • or CUNY Placement exam, with minimum score 70 in Reading, 56 in Writing, and 45 in both M1 and M2 Math.
  • One year high school Biology or Chemistry.
  • Must have 3 units of high school math (should prepare them to enter MAT1275 or higher).

Transfer Criteria

  • Must be CUNY proficient.
  • Must have minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  • Must have completed one semester of college level English with a grade of C or better.
  • Must complete one semester of college level Math with a grade of C or better.
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