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Effective Fall 2015 - Applications to the Bioinformatics emphasis in general engineering will no longer be accepted. A new MS Bioinformatics professional degree is expected to be available between Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.

Bioinformatics is a rapidly evolving and vibrant multidisciplinary field that is concerned with the management, manipulation, and analysis of biological related data and information. It is a discipline that has origins as far back as the 1920s where scientists, such as A.J. Lotka, “Elements of Physical Biology” 1925, envisioned deriving biological laws just from the analysis of data. Today, some of the tasks that bioinformatists perform range from how to acquire, organize, store, and retrieve  large amounts of data to helping identify genomes, protein structure and function, drug candidates, genetic sequences, biomarkers, phylogenetic trees, and much more. Bioinformatics requires having knowledge and expertise in at least the computational sciences, biological sciences, bio/organic chemistry, and mathematics (e.g., biostatistics).

A 2011 report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. reports that

“… Worldwide bioinformatics market is primarily concentrated in the United States and Europe. The industry represents one of the fastest growing fields offering economic opportunities in various areas.
       The US represents the largest regional market for bioinformatics worldwide, followed by Europe, as stated by the new market research report on Bioinformatics. However, Asia-Pacific is projected to record the fastest growth over the analysis period. Japanese market is projected to post a CAGR of 13.5% during the analysis period. Segment wise, Biocontent represents the largest product segment in the global bioinformatics market. Bioinformatics Software represents the fastest growing product segment. Demand for Bioinformatics hardware is projected to rise by 9.5% during the analysis period. …”