Course Descriptions

01:447:302 Quantitative Biology & Bioinformatics

This course is a computer-based lab course.

All Genetics majors must complete a lab course requirement to complete the degree requirements. The lab course requirement can be satisfied by taking one of 01:447:203, 01:447:302, 01:447:303, 01:447:315, 01:694:214, 01:694:215, or 01:694:316.  


Spring Term Only, T and F 10:20-12:50




Gen Bio Lab 01:119:117 or 01:119:102 and Genetics 01:447:380 or Genetic Analysis I 01:447:384

Course Restrictions

This course is limited to Genetics majors. Other students can be added by special permission number pending space availability.

Course Description 

Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics is a computer-based laboratory course that introduces students to the use of computers in biological research. The course is a Python programming boot camp designed for students with no prior programming experience (45%) followed by bioinformatics instruction that continues to build on the Python skills (55%). Classes consist of a mixture of lecture and computer-based exercises, as well as time for students to work on assignments.  The course provides introductory Data Science skills needed to conduct basic computational research in the life sciences and is of most relevance for students who plan to pursue research careers, attend graduate or medical school, or enter the biomedical/research workforce.

Class will meet in a computer lab for 2.5 hrs. twice per week. No prior programming experience is required. However, because computer programming concepts can be difficult for some students to master, we strongly recommend you complete an hour or more of an online Python tutorial before the start of class, to get a sense of whether a programming course is a good choice for you. More info is provided on the course SAKAI website.


447:302 Syllabus Spring 2019

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Course Satisfies Learning Goals 

1. Knowledge specific goals: Know the terms, concepts and theories in genetics.

2. Integrate the material from multiple courses and research. That is, to think holistically and to see the whole as well as the parts.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy 

Students will be assigned weekly projects based on current material. The final grade is based on the grades received on these projects, quizzes, a mid term, and a final exam.

Course Materials 

A basic text (print or digital) in Python programming is recommended. Other materials will be obtained online.

Course Closed? 

If this course is closed, please use the following link to add your name to the wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Spring 2020 Courses   If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Genetics Undergraduate Education Office in Nelson Biological Laboratories Room B416 or call 848-445-1146.


Dr. Tara Matise (Coordinator)
B410 Nelson Biological Laboratories
Phone: (848) - 445-3125
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Dr. Chris Ellison

Dr. Vikas Nanda

Dr. Wilma Olson

** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.