Bioinformatics (BI) is the merging of computer science and biology. BI is the field that uses techniques to analyze large amount of biological and genetic data including gene sequencing, gene chip expression and proteomics. Many Universities and academic center offer BI programs.
Most BI programs are graduate level programs which require a BSc degree. Some of the prerequisite courses include General and Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular and Developmental Biology. Some of the MSc courses may be taken as correspondence or long distance. Once in the program, the courses are mostly focused in the area of Physics, Biology and Computer Sciences. At the present time, Master of Science in Bioinformatics is not offered exclusively as a distance learning program, only select courses are available online. Some of the top Bi programs include: The University of Texas, North Carolina State University and Brandeis University.
Recommended for those who have strong quantitative skills with an interest in biological and computer sciences. Alternatively for those with background in biomedical sciences (genetics, biochemistry etc) with an interest in engineering. Have a look at some of the BI information resources.
BI is one of the newest and hottest fields in biomedical sciences. There are great opportunities in Biotechnological companies and Pharmaceutical Industry. Also, academic opportunities in different the areas of genetics, Experimental Medicine and Biostatistics are opening up.