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Why choose bioinformatics at North Central College?

Bioinformatics, a branch of biotechnology using computational algorithms and techniques to work with biological data like DNA, is a vibrant new field. Bioinformatics is particularly important to genomics research because of the large amount of complex data this research generates.

With a minor in bioinformatics from North Central College, you’ll learn how to apply computer science skills to the study of molecular biology. You’ll have opportunities to experience how databases, algorithms, computational and statistical techniques are used to solve practical problems involving the management and analysis of biological data.   

North Central’s interdisciplinary approach is distinct. Very few other small, liberal arts colleges offer the opportunity to minor in bioinformatics.

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U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2015.
The Princeton Review has once again named North Central College a Best Midwestern College in its annual survey of the nation’s best colleges.
Forbes magazine says North Central College is among America’s Top Colleges and ranks among the top 20 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities.



  • Biological scientist—develop new drugs for pharmaceutical companies
  • Molecular modelers and bioinformatic software engineer—develop bioinformatic tools
  • Biostatistician and computational biologist—analyze and integrate bioinformatic data
  • Genomic and proteomic researcher
Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Jonathan Visick works with students who choose to add a minor in bioinformatics to their studies at North Central College. Students will also work closely with computer science faculty.

“So much of what we’re doing in life sciences today involves looking at genes and conducting genome research,” Visick says. “Having a bioinformatics minor gives students a leg up on a host of career opportunities in science, research and medicine.”

North Central’s bioinformatics minor is a great example of the College’s interdisciplinary approach to studies, Visick says. Adding a bioinformatics minor will distinguish students who want to pursue genetics research or discover how computer software aids an array...

Biochemistry major, Bioinformatics minor

“I love working in the lab and being around people who eat, breathe and sleep science,” says Grace Muganda. “It’s a great big family inside the Science Center—a real community. It’s marvelous to talk about your work with the faculty and other students. You can talk to the professors about anything, anytime. I can go to them with questions about life, worries about graduate school—anything. They really care about us.

“You can get a great education here. I completed an internship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison last summer, and I was the only intern in the group who had written a lab report fit for publication. I’m confident I can go anywhere and do anything I want to do.”

In fact, she’s well...