Bioinformatics

Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc)

Why choose Bioinformatics?


Bioinformatics scholars ask questions such as: How different are people from one another? Can we effectively visualize enormous, complex sets of biological data? Can bioinformatics advance personalized medicine?

Bioinformatics focuses on the unique issues that occur when you apply computers to biological systems. During the course of your studies, you'll receive comprehensive training in computer science, mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology. Much of your learning will occur while actively working on problems in class, during tutorials and in the laboratory.

Career opportunities

​With a degree in Bioinformatics, you’ll have global opportunities to work in pharmaceutical industries, biotechnology, genomics, genetics, business administration and more. This degree can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or architecture.

Program highlights

Collaborative team work - Interact with your peers while learning to collaborate on projects.

Lab work - Learn how to use tools and develop techniques within a supervised laboratory setting.

Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.


Courses in this program

Developing Health Research Literacy I, Interdisciplinary Research Approaches, Introductory Calculus, Software Analysis And Design, ​Energy Flow in Biological Systems


This program is unique and filled with opportunity. The blend of computer science and health science lets you choose your unique path through the world of bioinformatics. I have spent two summers working in labs with great researchers from both the University of Calgary and the Alberta Children's Hospital gaining mentors along the way. Overall this program is full of choices, letting you build a custom degree.

– Patrick C, Current Student


Admission requirements
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Required courses for admission

English Language Arts 30-1

Mathematics 30-1

Biology 30

Chemistry 30

An approved course or option

Additional admission details
A minimum of 70% Alberta Mathematics 30-1 (or equivalent) is required.

Only one of Art, Dance, Drama or Music can be used in calculating the admission average

Equivalent International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) courses or SAT2 subject tests are accepted.

Intake and application dates

Application dates for Fall 2021 intake

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Application dates for Fall 2022 intake

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Curriculum (education system)
Alberta curriculum
Estimated competitive admission average

High 80s

Approved options and courses

Approved courses

  • Aboriginal Studies 30
  • Any 5-credit second language or language and culture course at the 30-level [1,2]
  • Any approved grade 12 IB diploma or AP academic subject
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • CTS Computing Science 30 (5-credits)
  • Fine Arts (Art 30, Art 31, Choral Music 30, General Music 30, Instrumental Music 30, Drama 30, Dance 35)
  • Mathematics 30-1, 30-2, and 31 [1,3]
  • Physical Education 30
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30
  • Social Studies 30-1

Approved options

  • Please see the list below

Approved courses and options notes

  1. Two courses in the same subject area may not be presented to satisfy entrance requirements unless the courses are Mathematics 30-1, Mathematics 30-2 or Mathematics 31
  2. Only one grade 12 level course in a language stream may be used to satisfy admission requirements.
  3. One-credit courses: five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) can be used to fulfil ONE option requirement. Intermediate and Advanced Credits cannot be combined to satisfy a course requirement.

After submitting the application for admission, students who selected the Bachelor of Health Sciences will be directed to the supplementary application website. The supplementary application consists of four short essay questions that are designed to help determine those best suited for the program. Supplementary applications are due by March 1, though applicants are encouraged to submit early.
 

List of Approved Options

Social Studies 30‐2

Social Sciences

  • International Politics
  • World Religions
  • World Geography
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Cultural and Physical Anthropology
  • Applied Sociology
  • Philosophies of Man
  • Microeconomics
  • Western World History
  • Macroeconomics

Career and Technology course groupings
(all courses within a course grouping can be used)

 

  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Design Studies
  • Electro‐technologies
  • Enterprise and Innovation
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Financial Management
  • Human and Social Services
  • Legal Studies
  • Logistics
  • Management and Marketing
  • Networking
  • Primary Resources
  • Recreation Leadership

Dual Credit courses

Locally Developed Courses

  • Design thinking for Innovation
  • Forensic Studies
  • Fine Arts group
  • Second language group
  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry (Advanced)
  • Creative Writing and Publishing
  • Environmental Science Advanced
  • Global Perspectives
  • Journalism
  • Literary Creation
  • Marine Life and Ecosystem Studies
  • Physics (Advanced)
  • Psychology – Abnormal
  • Scientific Research
  • Religious Studies

Locally developed courses may be added or removed as curriculum revisions are made. Course outlines can be sent to the Associate Registrar, Admissions and Recruitment for assessment.

Options from the approved list will be combined (if required) to fulfill one approved option requirement (5 or 6 credits) using the courses with the higher grades first. Intermediate and Advanced Credits cannot be combined to satisfy a course requirement.

For standard admission, intermediate credits will be used where 5 advanced credits are not available. For final admission, advanced credits will be used.

As a current high school student, the University of Calgary will review your application through our standard and early admission processes each time new grades are presented. We review based on the highest level of courses received at the time of review (this means that if you have completed a grade 12 (30 level) required course, this course will be used instead of the grade 11 (20 level) course.

Early Admission Process

The early admission process considers four approved program specific courses from grade 11 (20 level or equivalent). The admission office issues a smaller number of offers at a higher academic average during the early review with the majority of offers being issued through standard admission.

Standard Admission Process

The standard admission process considers five program specific courses from grade 11 or 12 (20 or 30 level or equivalent). At least one course must be at grade 12 (30 level or equivalent). Competitive admission averages are listed above.

Finalizing Admission

Students admitted through the early or standard process must complete all grade 12 (30-level or equivalent) course requirements, maintain the admission average required for admission in the year of application and obtain their Alberta Grade 12 Graduation (or equivalent).

If you have self-identified as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) on your application form, you will automatically receive consideration under the Indigenous admissions process, if needed. For more information, please visit https://www.ucalgary.ca/future-students/undergraduate/indigenous/admissions_process

English is the official language of instruction at the University of Calgary. All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency to be considered for admission to an undergraduate program. There are three ways to meet our English language entrance requirements: High school studies, English language test scores, and the Academic Communications Certificate (ACC).

High school studies

To meet the English language requirements with your high school studies, you must have completed three years of study with English as the primary language of instruction at an accredited Canadian, American, or British curricula high school (including CIS) or in a University of Calgary approved English-speaking country

English language test scores

If your high school education does not fulfil UCalgary's English language requirements, you can present one of the minimum scores listed in the Academic Calendar

Note: Our school code for the TOEFL exam is 0813, and the department code is 00.

Academic Communication Certificate (ACC)

The ACC is for English learners who want to enter a university program. If you apply for undergraduate admission and complete the ACC through UCalgary Continuing Education by the end of summer term in the year of application, you could be considered for conditional admission to a degree program.

Learn more at ucalgary.ca/esl/acc.

Approved courses for from the IB curriculum can be found at https://www.ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/current/a-12-1.html

Approved courses from AP examinations can be found at https://www.ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/current/a-12-2.html

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Cumming School of Medicine

Health Sciences Centre
Foothills Campus, University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N1