Learn how to translate biological data into relevant knowledge

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field dedicated to the study and process biological data. The field plays an important part in many areas of biology and is constantly evolving with technological advancements and new data.

The Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics program at St. Edward’s University prepares students to hit the ground running in this dynamic field. 

In the Bioinformatics program, you will study computer science, statistics, mathematics, and engineering to understand biology at a systems level. Computer science techniques such as pattern matching, machine learning algorithms, microarray statistical analysis and next-generation gene sequence data are used to understand biological processes. 

This is a research-intensive program that gives you the skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to make meaningful contributions early on. Throughout the program, students will engage in research-based courses as well as a student-faculty research group. The goal of these focused learning groups is for students to produce and present independent professional-level work.

Coursework covers a range of topics with a focus in the following disciplines:
  • Computational Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Biology
  • Mathematics/Statistics
  • Chemistry

Disciplines are approached and examined from a perspective that illuminates biological processes at a systems-level. Computer science techniques such as pattern matching, machine learning algorithms, microarray statistical analysis and next-generation gene sequence data are also explored.


Success in Many Fields

Professionals with a background in bioinformatics are in high demand in both academia and the private industry. Graduates of the Bioinformatics program are prepared for careers in the field of genomics  in projects such as the Human Genome Project — as well as related fields.

Program alumni have gone on to pursue a variety of paths after graduation:
  • 36% work in private industry
  • 14% pursue careers in medicine
  • 9% work in university labs
  • 41% go on to attend graduate school

​Meet the Faculty

Charles Hauser, PhD, is a bioinformatician and associate professor of Biology. Hauser received undergraduate training in botany at the University of Texas, Austin, obtained a doctoral degree in biochemistry and biophysics from the University Houston and completed post-doctoral training in plant genetics, genomics and molecular biology at Duke University.

“I enjoy interacting with my students and cultivating their intellectual curiosities and abilities. I find the delights of discovery and the collaboration with my students incredibly rewarding.”

Hauser’s current research interests focus on two areas: 
  • Soil metagenomics, the study and identification of plant microbe interactions that define the rhizosphere  
  • Employing algal systems as biosensors for determining the potential toxicity of nanoparticles in environmental systems

“I teach based on my understanding of how we all learn new information through the context of compelling questions and a need-to-know basis. I find that this approach builds my students’ interest, motivation and ability to learn new material from numerous sources. It also facilitates my students’ transitions into successful professional careers as well as continuing studies in graduate school.”