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Biomedical Informatics/BS

The Biomedical Informatics baccalaureate program is designed to provide well-rounded, interdisciplinary training for a new generation of biomedical and healthcare workers prepared to meet the challenges of today and of the future. A rigorous core of courses provides students with a strong foundation from which to develop competencies in two interrelated component areas of Biomedical Informatics: Molecular Bioinformatics, centered on the use of conformational and genomic data to elucidate biological phenomena; and Health Informatics, focused on the secure electronic storage, retrieval, and use of biomedical information in healthcare delivery and research. This dual focus gives students a broad understanding of the critical importance of informatics for a wide range of biomedical and health applications. These two subfields are seeing an exciting integration in cutting edge medicine as genomic information is used increasingly in medical diagnosis and care. The dual focus of the program seeks to prepare students for a range of career options and to adapt to changing conditions in the field.

Student knowledge acquired in the college classroom and laboratory is reinforced by college-sponsored internships (for credit) at clinical and research locations in the region. Because Biomedical Informatics is a rapidly evolving field, it is important that students benefit from City Tech’s strong General Education requirements and courses, so as to be able to adapt to changes in this field as creative thinkers and lifelong learners. The goal of the program is not only to provide students with the training they need to enter this growing field in its current state, but also with the personal and intellectual resources to participate in and lead its inevitable advances and transformations.

The program curriculum is designed to meet the following learning goals:

  1. A broad general education which lays the ground work for lifelong learning, and prepares for future education at the graduate level.
  2. Ability to communicate effectively with other members of the healthcare and information technology professions and research fields.
  3. Competencies in general biological sciences and in the fundamentals of computer technology and computer programming.
  4. In-depth knowledge of and skills in:
    1. Computational and mathematical basis of molecular biology and molecular bioinformatics;
    2. Large databases of biomolecular sequence, structure, expression, and interactions, as well as the use of standard bioinformatics software for the retrieval and analysis of information from such databases for
    3. medical applications;
    4. Healthcare information systems analysis and design, including healthcare database structures, data security, privacy, confidentiality, and associated legal and ethical issues;
    5. The growing application of molecular bioinformatics in cutting edge medical diagnosis and treatment.

GENERAL EDUCATION COMMON CORE

42 CREDITS

I - REQUIRED CORE1 (4 COURSES, 12 CREDITS)


English Composition (2 courses, 6 credits)

ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
ENG 1121 English Composition II 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning2 (1 course, 3 credits)

Any Approved Course3

Life and Physical Sciences (1 course, 3 credits)

Any Approved Course3

II - FLEXIBLE CORE (6 COURSES, 18 CREDITS)
Select one course from each of the following areas; plus one additional course from any of the five areas;no more than two courses may be selected from any discipline.

World Cultures and Global Issues

Any Approved Course3

US Experience in its Diversity

Any Approved Course3

Individual and Society

Any Approved Course

Creative Expression

Any Approved Course

Scientific World

Any Approved Course

One Additional Course from Any Group

III - COLLEGE OPTION REQUIREMENT3 (12-13 CREDITS)

• One course in Speech/Oral Communication43
• One interdisciplinary Liberal Arts and Sciences course3
Two additional liberal arts courses or in BTech programs, additional liberal arts credits to reach a minimum total of 42 credits in general education
In meeting their general education requirements overall, students must take at least one advanced liberal arts course or two sequential courses in a foreign language5.6

Writing Intensive Requirement

Students at New York City College of Technology must complete two courses designated WI for the associate level, one from GenEd and one from the major; and two additional courses designated WI for the baccalaureate level, one from GenEd and one from the major.

PROGRAM-SPECIFIC DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 76-77 CREDITS

Biological Sciences and Molecular Informatics (37 credits)

BIO 1101 Biology I4
BIO 1201 Biology II4
BIO 2311 Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 2312 Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 3350 Bioinformatics I4
BIO 3352 Bioinformatics II4
BIO 3354 Computational Genomics3
BIO 3356 Molecular Modeling in Biology3
BIO 3526 Pathophysiology3
BIO 3620 Molecular and Cell Biology4

Computer and Healthcare Informatics (18 credits)

MED 2400 Medical Informatics Fundamentals3
MED 4229 Healthcare Databases3
CST 1101 Problem Solving with Computer Programming3
CST 1201

CST 2403
Programming Fundamentals
OR
C++ Programming I


3
CST 1204 Database Systems Fundamentals3
HSA 3510 Health Services Management I3

Internship/Research Course

MED 3910 Internship/Research in Biomedical Informatics5

Additional Required Courses (10-11 credits)

ENG 1101 English Composition I Met as GenEd
ENG 1121 English Composition II Met as GenEd
MAT 14756 Calculus I4
MAT 1372

MAT 2572
Statistics with Probability
OR
Probability and Mathematical Statistics
3

4
PHIL 2203 Health Care Ethics3

Elective credits to equal 1207
The number of free elective credits will vary depending upon the program-specific courses students use to meet Common Core requirements. Students may choose any electives from the Science and Health Professions and/or Computation and Computer Systems elective areas. Alternative elective substitutions may be permitted with departmental permission via a course substitution form. The choice of electives should ideally reflect the student’s interests, post-baccalaureate study plans, and career goals.

Science and Health Professions Elective Area

BIO 3302 Microbiology4
BIO 3524 Nutrition2
BIO 3601 Biochemistry4
CHEM 1110 General Chemistry4
CHEM 1210 General Chemistry II4
CHEM 2223 Organic Chemistry I5
CHEM 2323 Organic Chemistry II5
PHYS 1441 General Physics I: Calculus Based5
PHYS 1442 General Physics II: Calculus Based5
HSA 3560 Legal Aspects of Health Care3
HSA 3602 Health Services Management II3
HSA 3630 Health Care Finance and Accounting Management3
HSA 4910 Introduction to Public Health Administration3

Computation and Computer Systems Elective Area

CST 1215 Operating Systems Fundamentals3
CST 2307 Networking Fundamentals3
CST 2309 Web Programming I3
CST 2406 Introduction to Systems Analysis and Design3
CST 2409 Web Programming II3
CST 2410 Introduction to Computer Security3
CST 3503 C++ Programming Part II3
CST 3504 Database Design3
CST 3513 Object-Oriented Programming in Java3
CST 3603 Object-Oriented Programming3
CST 3604 Quality Database Implementation3
MAT 1575 Calculus II4
MAT 2440 Discrete Structures and Algorithms I3
MAT 2540 Discrete Structures and Algorithms II3
MAT 2580 Introduction to Linear Algebra3
MAT 2675 Calculus III4
MAT 2680 Differential Equations3
MAT 3672 Probability and Mathematical Statistics II4
MAT 3772 Stochastic Models3
MAT 4872 Probability and Mathematical Statistics III4
TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION COMMON CORE CREDITS 42
TOTAL PROGRAM-SPECIFIC REQUIRED AND ELECTIVE CREDITS 78
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR THE DEGREE 120

1 Students are strongly urged to consult degree requirements for “double-duty” courses: degree requirements that also meet CUNY Pathways general education requirements in that category.

2 Biomedical Informatics is a STEM degree program, requiring 4 or 5 credit courses in mathematics and science. Students may elect to use their required 4 or 5 credit Math or science courses to meet Common Core requirements in Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning, Life and Physical Sciences, or Scientific World.

3 Complete lists of liberal arts and sciences courses and advanced liberal arts courses, as well as semester-specific lists of interdisciplinary courses and writing intensive courses, are available online at the City Tech Pathways website.

4 Students who have already met this requirement by taking COM 1330 or higher may choose any other liberal arts and science course in its place.

5 Please see department advisor for details.

6 Students who elect to take MAT 1475 without the requisite math background will be required to take MAT 1175, MAT 1275, and/or MAT 1375 in preparation, depending upon initial placement. This will increase the number of required credits for the degree by 4-12.

7 The number of free elective credits will vary depending upon the program-specific courses students use to meet Common Core requirements. Students may substitute other courses for electives with department approval.