Curriculum Overview

The PhD in Bioinformatics program at Temple offers a flexible curriculum to accommodate a diversity of research backgrounds and interests. We offer a common set of core courses, primarily taken during the first two years. By focusing on coursework early, students will be able concentrate on an intensive research experience during their remaining 2-3 years.

Four bioinformatics tracks have been developed in order to reflect the strengths of Temple faculty and the breadth of the field of bioinformatics. Students will take four “common core” courses, two “specialized” courses in their chosen track, and at least two elective courses. Depending on an individual’s background, a student may be exempted from certain core courses, with the respective credits to be fulfilled from appropriate electives.

Note: We expect that there will be curriculum changes, particularly in the first year, as the program evolves.

  • Evolutionary Genomics
  • Genome Medicine
  • Structural Bioinformatics
  • Biological Data Analysis
Core Courses
BIOL 8250: Special Topic in Bioinformatics
BIOL 9995: Topics in Bioinformatics (new team taught course)
CIS 5015: Scripting for Science and Business
BIOL 5403: Genomics
BIOL 5312: Biostatistics
Evolutionary Genomics
Specialized Courses
BIOL 5509: Computational Genomics
BIOL 9995: Population Genetics
Electives
BIOL 5112: Fundamentals of Genomic Evolutionary Medicine
BIOL 5128: Genomics and Infectious Disease Dynamics
BIOL 5241: Genomics and Evolutionary Biology of Parasites and Other Dependent Species
In addition to the listed electives, there are many others that may be suitable for an individual student, subject to the approval of their committee.
Genomic Medicine
Specialized Courses
BIOL 5509: Computational Genomics
BIOL 5112: Fundamentals of Genomic Evolutionary Medicine
Electives
BIOL 5128: Genomics and Infectious Disease Dynamics
BIOL 5241: Genomics and Evolutionary Biology of Parasites and Other Dependent Species
In addition to the listed electives, there are many others that may be suitable for an individual student, subject to the approval of their committee.
Structural Bioinformatics
Specialized Courses
BIOL 5411: Structural Bioinformatics I
CHEM 5412: Structural Bioinformatics II
Electives
CHEM 5302: Statistical Thermodynamics
BIOL 5509: Computational Genomics
BIOL 5112: Fundamentals of Genomic Evolutionary Medicine
CHEM 5102: Data Analysis and Evidence
In addition to the listed electives, there are many others that may be suitable for an individual student, subject to the approval of their committee.
Biological Data Analysis
Specialized Courses
CIS 5523: Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
BIOL 5466: Quantitative Science to Solve Global Problems
Electives
CIS 5526: Machine Learning
CIS 5002: Database Design & Programming
CIS 5011: Programming and Data Structure
CIS 5516: Principles of Data Management
In addition to the listed electives, there are many others that may be suitable for an individual student, subject to the approval of their committee.

Curriculum Overview

The PhD in Bioinformatics program at Temple offers a flexible curriculum to accommodate a diversity of research backgrounds and interests. We offer a common set of core courses, primarily taken during the first two years. By focusing on coursework early, students will be able concentrate on an intensive research experience during their remaining 2-3 years.

Four bioinformatics tracks have been developed in order to reflect the strengths of Temple faculty and the breadth of the field of bioinformatics. Students will take four “common core” courses, two “specialized” courses in their chosen track, and at least two elective courses. Depending on an individual’s background, a student may be exempted from certain core courses, with the respective credits to be fulfilled from appropriate electives.

Note: We expect that there will be curriculum changes, particularly in the first year, as the program evolves.

  • Evolutionary Genomics
  • Genome Medicine
  • Structural Bioinformatics
  • Biological Data Analysis
Core Courses
BIOL 8250: Special Topic in Bioinformatics
BIOL 9995: Topics in Bioinformatics (new team taught course)
CIS 5015: Scripting for Science and Business
BIOL 5403: Genomics
BIOL 5312: Biostatistics
Evolutionary Genomics
Specialized Courses
BIOL 5509: Computational Genomics
BIOL 9995: Population Genetics
Electives
BIOL 5112: Fundamentals of Genomic Evolutionary Medicine
BIOL 5128: Genomics and Infectious Disease Dynamics
BIOL 5241: Genomics and Evolutionary Biology of Parasites and Other Dependent Species
In addition to the listed electives, there are many others that may be suitable for an individual student, subject to the approval of their committee.
Genomic Medicine
Specialized Courses
BIOL 5509: Computational Genomics
BIOL 5112: Fundamentals of Genomic Evolutionary Medicine
Electives
BIOL 5128: Genomics and Infectious Disease Dynamics
BIOL 5241: Genomics and Evolutionary Biology of Parasites and Other Dependent Species
In addition to the listed electives, there are many others that may be suitable for an individual student, subject to the approval of their committee.
Structural Bioinformatics
Specialized Courses
BIOL 5411: Structural Bioinformatics I
CHEM 5412: Structural Bioinformatics II
Electives
CHEM 5302: Statistical Thermodynamics
BIOL 5509: Computational Genomics
BIOL 5112: Fundamentals of Genomic Evolutionary Medicine
CHEM 5102: Data Analysis and Evidence
In addition to the listed electives, there are many others that may be suitable for an individual student, subject to the approval of their committee.
Biological Data Analysis
Specialized Courses
CIS 5523: Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
BIOL 5466: Quantitative Science to Solve Global Problems
Electives
CIS 5526: Machine Learning
CIS 5002: Database Design & Programming
CIS 5011: Programming and Data Structure
CIS 5516: Principles of Data Management
In addition to the listed electives, there are many others that may be suitable for an individual student, subject to the approval of their committee.