College is the first in New Jersey and one of the first primarily undergraduate
colleges in the United States to offer a baccalaureate degree in bioinformatics.
The curriculum for this program has been designed to build a solid foundation
in modern life sciences as well as cutting-edge computer technology. In
advance courses, students are then trained to manage biological data,
develop computational methods for analysis and integration of the data,
solve scientific problems and make new discoveries. In addition to the
scientific and technical concepts, students are also exposed to the social,
business, and ethical aspects of science.
bioinformatics program at Ramapo College provides high quality career-oriented
training. There has been an unprecedented demand for bioinformaticians
to join the forefront of research areas in industry as well as academic
institutions. In fact, bioinformatics has become one of the most sought-after
skill sets in the current market. Therefore, students graduating with
this major have many attractive career options.
|Northern New Jersey is a hub for the pharmaceutical industry and one of the largest centers for biotechnology. It houses many major companies like Wyeth, Novartis, Pfizer, Pharmacia, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck. Many of these industries have high priority programs in bioinformatics and seek individuals trained in this cutting edge technology. Ramapo College is conveniently located near such potential employers as well as instiutions of higher education that offer graduate degrees and research opportunities in bioinformatics research and related disciplines.
Ramapo College bioinformatics majors working on projects in a state-of-the-art bioinformatics computer lab.
College bioinformatics program prepares students to obtain employment
in the industry and acadamia, pursue graduate education, careers in medicine
and related disciplines, or engage in research in this technological field
of great demand. Some examples of the job options for bioinformatisc graduates
include: research scientist, bioinformatics programmer, physician, project
manager, database developer and administrator, technical assistant and
technical sales representative (some of these may require graduate education).
In addition to the pharmaceuticals, potential employers include research
labs in academia, hospitals, governmental agencies, software industry,
bioinformatics service industry and many more. Bioinformatics jobs offer decent salaries and are easy to find.
qualified and experienced educators teach the courses in the bioinformatics
curriculum. Faculty members are actively engaged in research and typically
involve undergraduate students in their projects. The areas of faculty
research interest include: molecular bilogy, genomics, proteonomics, algorithms,
object-oriented programming, pharmaceutical chemistry, Molecular Genetics of the Bone Formation, artificial intelligence,
genetics and database design. Bioinformatics majors can participate in
research projects under faculty supervision for credit. They may also
work through the cooperative education program for industrial work experience.
Many students can obtain paid summer research internships. Students are encouraged to present their research accomplishments at national
and international conferences.
S. Bagga, Ph.D.
Molecular Biology and Genomics
Algorithms, Object-Oriented Programming
Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Peptide and Protein Chemistry
Scott Frees, Ph.D.
Computational Genomics, Database Design, Web Development
C. Mitchell, Ph.D.
and Molecular Biology of Plants and Invertebrates
Thomas Owen, Ph.D.
Molecular Genetics of the Bone Formation
Ashley Stuart, Ph.D.