Bioinformatics (B.Sc.)

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary research area at the interface of the biological and computational sciences. Bioinformatics aims to develop algorithms and software that can simulate biochemical processes and analyze molecular biology data.

 

The publication of the human genome sequence in February 2001 is regarded as one of the most significant milestones in the history of scientific research and the media echo at the time was correspondingly great. Bioinformatics was the key scientific discipline behind the Human Genome Project. However, by far the greatest challenges still lie ahead of us. We need to locate genes and examine their functions in order to improve our understanding of how genes interact – knowledge that will enable us to develop new drugs and therapies. These tasks are significantly more complex than determining the composition of the DNA sequence. Bioinformatics makes crucial contributions to solving these challenges.

 

Bioinformatics also plays a key role in the development of new drug therapies. Huge databases of active ingredients are searched (screening, docking) in order to identify those drug candidates that are effective, cause the fewest adverse effects and that are capable of reaching the required target within the body (surmounting the relevant biological barriers). The processes used in bioinformatics can also help to optimize existing therapies. Comparing the entire genomes of different individuals allows differences (SNPs) to be identified thus facilitating the individualization of therapies.

 

The accredited Bachelor program in bioinformatics provides students with a good scientific grounding in bioinformatics as well as teaching the fundamentals and principles of the life sciences and informatics. Graduates from the Bachelor’s programme will be able to understand the problems and questions addressed in bioinformatics and related applications and will be able to tackle these problems by generating appropriate mathematical models and applying relevant scientific methods and programming techniques.

 

Students will graduate with the degree of  "Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)" after having chosen their preferred area of specialization:

  1. CMB - Computational Molecular Biology or
  2. BI – Bioinformatics.

 

Bioinformatics graduates are typically employed in universities, research institutes, in bioinformatics and biotechnology firms, as well as in medium-sized and large pharmaceutical companies. Work in the field of bioinformatics is both exciting and demanding. With numerous problems still unsolved, there is no shortage of new and challenging projects.

 

The standard period of study for a full-time student is six semesters; those studying part-time will typically need up to 9 semesters. Students can apply to study for some of the bioinformatics programme as a part-time student student (max. eight semesters). However, students must study full-time in the semester in which their final Bachelor’s thesis is written.

 

 

Saarbrücken Campus
Building A4 4
Phone: +49 681 302-3513
Fax: +49 681 302-4526
studienberatung(at)uni-saarland.de