Prospective Students

Mission Statement

The interdepartmental Bioinformatics and Integrative (BIG) PhD program trains future leaders in the field of bioinformatics and genomics. Our mission is to provide BIG graduate students with the tools to conduct original research and the ability to develop novel approaches and new technologies to address fundamental biological questions.


Our Program 

Students will be joint members of BIG and a 'home program' chosen from one of the four Division of Medical Sciences (DMS) programs, BBS, Immunology, Neuroscience, or Virology.


Prospective students

Candidates for BIG must have completed a Bachelor's degree in a quantitative science or a Bachelor's degree with a substantial minor in engineering or physical science.


Recommended degrees

  • Biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Mathematics
  • Computational Sciences
  • Statistics
  • Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science


Recommended Undergraduate Courses

We recommend that you prepare for BIG with at least one undergraduate subject in each of the following areas:

  • Biology
  • Computational Science
  • Statistics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Calculus

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