Bioinformatics

Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc)

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What you will learn in this program

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.

Courses you'll take:

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

Admission requirements and information

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If you are currently in grade 12 or have recently completed high school, you must present five required grade 12 courses for your program as outlined below. Admissions averages will be calculated using either the early or standard admission processes.

Faculty

Cumming School of Medicine

Application Dates

October 1st 2018 to March 1st 2019

Curriculum (Education System)

Alberta curriculum

Minimum Competitive Average

Mid 80s

Required Courses

  • English Language Arts 30-1
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Mathematics 30-1
  • One approved course or option

Required Courses Notes

  1. A supplementary application is required for admission.
  2. A minimum grade of 70% in Alberta Mathematics 30-1 (or equivalent) is required for admission.
  3. Equivalent International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced Placement (AP) courses are accepted.

Approved Courses/Options

Approved Courses

  • Indigenous 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 Computer Science Advanced (5-credits)
  • English 30-1
  • 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

  • Other five-credit 30-level courses excluding Special Projects 30 and English 30-2.
  • Three-credit courses: Two three-credit 20- or 30-level courses can be combined to fulfil ONE requirement. Courses at the 20- and 30-level CANNOT be combined to satisfy a course requirement.
  • One-credit courses: five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) can be used to fulfil one approved option requirement.

Approved Courses/Options Notes

  1. Two courses in the same subject area may not be presented to satisfy requirements unless the courses areMathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2, and Mathematics 31
  2. Only one grade 12 level course in a language stream may be used to satisfy admission requirements.: (a) one of Alberta French 30, 31A, 31B, 31C, 30-3Y, 30-9Y (or equivalent subjects); Alberta French Language Arts 30-1, 30-2 (or equivalent subjects), (b) one of Alberta Chinese Language Arts 30 (3Y, 6Y, 9Y, 12Y) (or equivalent subjects); Alberta Chinese Language and Culture 30 (3Y, 6Y) (or equivalent subjects).
  3. A minimum grade of 70% in Mathematics 30-1 is the prerequisite for first-year math courses.
  4. One-credit courses: five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) can be used to fulfil ONE requirement. Intermediate and Advanced Credits cannot be combined to satisfy a course requirement.

Standard Admission

If you are currently completing high school, you will automatically be considered for admission using the standard admission by calculating your admission average using final grade 11 grades and at least one grade 12 approved course (if both grade 11 and 12 grades are provided, the grade 12 grade will be used) from the required courses for your program choice. Admitted students must complete all 30-level (or equivalent) required courses outlined above, maintain the admission average required for admission in the application year and obtain the Alberta Grade 12 diploma (or equivalent).

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Early Admission

You may be offered early admission (based on your available grade 11 or 12 results) for English, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. Admitted students must complete all 30-level (or equivalent) required courses outlined above, maintain the admission average required for admission in the application year and obtain the Alberta Grade 12 diploma (or equivalent)..

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Required Documents

Alberta: There is no need to send your transcripts. The University of Calgary will obtain transcripts on your behalf from the Ministry of Education.
Other Canadian Provinces and Territories: Official transcripts are documents which are sent directly to the University of Calgary's admissions office from your school or the Department of Education maintaining such records. It's your responsibility to request transcripts from any non-Alberta institutions to be sent directly to the university's admissions office.

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ELP

English is the official language of instruction at the University of Calgary. All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency to be considered for admission.

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Diverse Qualifications

If you're a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and have achieved excellence outside of academics, or have overcome significant hardships, you may seek admission under the Diverse Qualifications Admission Process.

More information about Diverse Qualifications

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Program Highlights

Program enhancements

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

Program enhancements

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

Hands-on opportunities

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

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., bioinformatics student

Did you know? You can earn two degrees in five years. Learn more about combined degree program options.

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​Computers are transforming medicine and health sciences. Training in bioinformatics will help prepare you for a variety of future careers: scientist, physician, computer programmer...The bioinformatics stream is also the smallest major in the BHSc program. We foster an atmosphere of excellence and have a very engaged and active group of students and faculty mentors.

Christian Jacob, PhD — Professor; Director, Bioinformatics

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We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2019 starting on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. You'll be able to submit an application until Friday, March 1, 2019. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.

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​When I was younger, I looked for ways to combine my love of computer science with biology and health. As one of the first programs to offer bioinformatics, this was a natural choice for me. Now I’m working on a genomics startup in New York City, SolveBio. Our goal is to make it easier for hospitals and researchers to leverage the power of genomics and precision medicine to improve healthcare. The whole genomics industry is taking off – it’s a great time to be able to code and understand biology!

​David C., BHSc'08

Faculty Information

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