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Implementation and assessment of a molecular biology and bioinformatics undergraduate degree program†
Article first published online: 20 MAR 2008
Copyright © 2008 International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
Volume 36, Issue 2, pages 106–115, March/April 2008
How to Cite
Pham, D. Q.-D., Higgs, D. C., Statham, A. and Schleiter, M. K. (2008), Implementation and assessment of a molecular biology and bioinformatics undergraduate degree program. Biochem. Mol. Biol. Educ., 36: 106–115. doi: 10.1002/bmb.20155
This work is partially supported by NSF-CCLI (0088089) to DQDP and DCH.
- Issue published online: 20 MAR 2008
- Article first published online: 20 MAR 2008
- Manuscript Revised: 15 OCT 2007
- Manuscript Received: 3 AUG 2007
- NSF. Grant Number: CCL10088089
- new curriculum;
The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside has developed and implemented an innovative, multidisciplinary undergraduate curriculum in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics (MBB). The objective of the MBB program is to give students a hands-on facility with molecular biology theories and laboratory techniques, an understanding of mathematical and physical concepts, an ability to apply these concepts to MBB, and a proficiency with the computational tools and skills related to bioinformatics. We hypothesized that a greater exposure to bioinformatics methods, more rigorous requirements in math and computer science, and a constant demand for integrating information in hands-on laboratory courses would help students develop better analytical skills. Indeed, the assessment data support these predictions. Interestingly, 80% of MBB majors apply and are accepted into graduate schools.