Intro Bioinformatics

If the last Math Club sounded interesting, then you should check out the brand new OU class “Introductory Bioinformatincs”!

Welcome to the Future.

Bioinformatics is the new field of science at the interface of computer science, math, and biology which deals with all the new data available in the biological sciences.  It is going to be at the center of both math and biology research for years to come (and will have tons of jobs, to boot!).

The details are below.

Introductory Bioinformatics.

This course is for 3 credit hours and is intended for
undergraduates only.

Note that it will lean heavily towards utilizing available internet resources/databases and is not a programming course.

So it should be a good fit for students wanting to see bioinformatics from the perspective of a working biologist.


Introductory Bioinformatics, Spring 2013, PBIO/MBIO 4810*
3 Credit Hours

Prerequisite: Introductory Biology, Plant Biology, or Microbiology
Instructor: Dr. Ben Holt
Time: Tue/Thu 10:00-11:15am
Place: SRTC Room 1030 (brand new active learning classroom!)

Email Dr. Holt for questions and permission to enroll.


Bioinformatics is a rapidly growing field that sits at the crossroads of biology, computer science, and statistics.

In its simplest form, bioinformatics represents the use of computers to analyze and interpret various types of biological data.

Bioinformatic skills are now indispensable for biologists and this course will introduce undergraduate students to the types of analyses biologists regularly perform at their computers.

We will cover topics such as accessing genomics databases, aligning DNA and protein sequences, searching genomic databases for similar sequences, analyzing protein structure, and building molecular phylogenies.

Classes will take place in the newly renovated active learning classroom in the Stephenson Research and Technology Center.

Instead of extensive lectures, classes will emphasize group work and in-class computer exercises in a highly interactive environment – i.e., like a real molecular biologist, you will be managing, manipulating, and interpreting actual data.

At the end of this course students will have confidence in their ability to join a research laboratory and use their newly acquired skills to explore the mountains of publicly available biological data.

* Note that 4810 is a special topics designation, but this class is for undergraduates only and will be taught at the 3000-level.

Ben Holt
Associate Professor
University of Oklahoma
Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology
GLCH Room 219
770 Van Vleet Oval
Norman, OK 73019
Phone (405)325-9018
FAX (405)325-7619