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Bachelor of Computer Science (Bioinformatics) (Hons)

Offered by: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
Exam BodyInternal Degree, Malaysia
Course Duration8 Sem
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
FacultyFaculty of Computing
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyBachelor's Degree Level
Field of StudyComputing & IT
Stream RequirementsScience Stream
Course Description

Bioinformatics is an advanced and up-to-date field combining both science and technology which promises a very bright future whereby it involves the disciplines of computer science, mathematics and biology. In accordance with this inclination, Bachelor of Computer Science (Bioinformatics) was introduced in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). This course has been specifically designed based on the input from academicians, government and private sectors (corporate and industries) to produce professional manpower (human resources) who expertise and specialized in Bioinformatics, which has the:


  1. Ability to use technologies and computer software that can be applied in biological fields (biotechnology, pharmaceutical and agriculture), such as managing and analyzing biological data, biological data processing, modelling and simulation of biological processes, solving biological problems, conducting research, and etc..
  2. Capable of designing, developing, and testing technologies and computer software for usage in biological fields (biotechnology, pharmaceutical and agriculture), such as managing and analyzing biological data, biological data processing, modelling and simulating biological processes, solving biological problems, conducting research and etc..
  3. Ability to use and develop technologies and computer software to be applied in other fields (engineering, chemistry, accounting, management, etc.) which are needed by both government and private sectors.

YEAR 1 (Semester I)

  • Technology and Information System
  • Discrete Structure
  • Programming Technique I
  • Digital Logic
  • Malaysia Dynamic
  • Art, Custom and Beliefs of Malaysia (International Students)
  • Islamic and Asian Civilization (TITAS)
  • Bahasa Melayu untuk Komunikasi (International Students)
  • Academic English Skills


YEAR 1 (Semester II)

  • Computational Mathematic
  • Programming Technique II
  • Network Communications
  • Probability & Statistical Data Analysis
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Science, Technology and Human


YEAR 2 (Semester I)

  • Database
  • System Analysis and Design
  • Data Structure and Algorithm
  • Computer Organization and Architecture
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Advanced Academic English Skills


YEAR 2 (Semester II)

  • Web Programming
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Software Engineering
  • Operating Systems
  • Co-Curriculum
  • Elective Courses – Choose 1 (3 Credits)
  • Bioinformatics I
  • Database Programming


YEAR 3 (Semester I)

  • Theory of Computer Science
  • Innovation and Creativity Sub cluster-Choose 1 from 3 electives
  • Elective Courses – Choose 4 (13 Credits)
  • Applications Development
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bioinformatics II
  • Computational Biology I
  • Programming for Bioinformatics


YEAR 3 (Semester II)

  • Bioinformatic Project I
  • Technopreneurship Seminar
  • Fundamental of Technopreneurship
  • English for Professional Purpose
  • Elective Courses – Choose 3 (9 Credits)
  • Bioinformatics Database
  • Computational Biology II
  • Structure And Function of Proteins
  • Special Topics in Bioinformatics


YEAR 4 (Semester I)

  • Industrial Training (HW)
  • Industrial Training Report


YEAR 4 (Semester II)

  • Bioinformatics Project II
  • Elective Foreign Language
  • Elective Courses – Choose 3 (9 Credits)
  • Genomics and Proteomics
  • Bioinformatics Modeling and Simulation
  • Bioinformatics Visualization
  • Internet Programming


Entry Requirements

To graduate, students MUST:

  • Achieve a total of 128 credit hours with minimum of CPA is 2.0;
  • Pass industrial training (equivalent to 12 credit hours), which 4 credits will be graded and 8 credits as HW status;
  • Complete the Bioinformatics Undergraduate Project.


Career Prospects

Graduate of the programme can work as a Bioinformatics Software Engineer, Bioinformatics Computer Programmer, Bioinformatics Research Scientist, Bioinformatics Grid and Cluster Administrator, Biology Information System Analyst, Biology Information System Manager, Bioinformatics Service Provider, Biotechnology Computational Instrument Developer and Maintainer, Pharmaceutical Information Scientist and Chemoinformatician.

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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