Portland State University Computer Science Department Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science
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Biomedical Informatics
Portland State University and Oregon Health & Science University

Five year, dual degree program

Portland State University and Oregon Health & Science University are now offering an accelerated, collaborative degree program in Biomedical Informatics. Designed for high achieving freshmen, students in this program combine Portland State and OHSU courses to receive both a B.S. Computer Science degree and a Master of Biomedical Informatics degree at the end of five years. Qualified transfer students may also enter the program.

Biomedical Informatics is an interdisciplinary science which combines knowledge of biology, computer science, informatics and information engineering to manage health and biomedical information.

Modern medicine has spawned this new spectrum of interdisciplinary scientists who have a combined understanding of computer and biological sciences in order to advance research and medical discovery at unprecedented rates and levels.

Biomedical Informatics played a leading role in research successes such as the mapping of human genes, also known as the human genome project. Projects of this type require data analysis and computing expertise as well as medical research talent to analyze and manage billions of data elements. Scientists and scientific institutes around the globe now include these technology experts as leading contributors to advanced research teams. The field of biomedical informatics is a fast growing and highly sought area in medical science.

Frequently Asked Questions about Biomedical Informatics

What will the Biomedical Informatics program offer me?

After completion of the program, successful students will receive a B.S. degree in Computer Science from PSU and a Master of Biomedical Informatics from OHSU. Both degrees are awarded simultaneously after completion of fifth year requirements.

Students in the Biomedical Informatics program will participate in specialized advising workshops and orientations, to support their success in this challenging program.Working with OHSU, Portland State students studying at the lower division have early exposure to the field made possible by faculty collaborations and PSU/OHSU proximity. Internships and bioinformatics-specific capstone offerings are designed and recommended for participants at the upper division level.

What are the career opportunities for Biomedical Informaticians?

Biomedical Informatics graduates are in high demand. Alumni of the program enter a broad range of career fields including: research, teaching, health care information technology, biomedical information applications programming, and health care computing industry.

What is Biomedical Informatics?

Biomedical Informatics is an interdisciplinary field which combines knowledge of biology, computer science, informatics and information engineering to assist in the management of health and biomedical information.

What is Informatics?

According to Merriam Webster, informatics is, "the collection, classification, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of recorded knowledge treated both as a pure and as an applied science."

Additional information on what Informatics is, can be found on OHSU Biomedical Informatics website: http://www.ohsu.edu/dmice/whatis/

For whom is this program designed?

High achieving high school applicants with an interest in Biology and/or Computer Science who meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • 1200 combined SAT/26 composite ACT
  • Minimum 3.0 in all high school math courses
  • Successful completion of pre-calculus and physics

College transfer students (with more than 29 transferable credits) who meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 3.0 average of transferable college coursework
  • Completion of Math 251, 252, 253, Calculus I, II, III with average 3.0 GPA or higher
  • CS 161, 162 and 163 (or equivalent) with average 3.0 GPA or higher


How does the Biomedical Informatics program work?

Admitted students will enroll in three years of interdisciplinary curriculum at Portland State University with a computer science and biology focus. Successful students in the Biomedical Informatics program maintain a minimum PSU cumulative 3.0 grade point average. In addition, they will have received a verbal score of 500 or above, quantitative score of 600 or above and an analytical score of 4.0/600 or above on the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) by the beginning of their fourth year.

Upon successful completion of the GRE and required Portland State coursework, students begin taking courses at Oregon Health & Science University in their third or fourth year. By the end of the fourth year, all courses will be taken at OHSU. Successful students will receive both a B.S. Computer Science and an M.S. Biomedical Informatics degree at the end five years.

What classes are offered for the Biomedical Informatics program?

The following table shows a sample 5-Year schedule (credit hours are listed in parentheses.)

Year

Fall

Winter

Spring

Fresh

CS 161 (4)
Mth 251 (4)
Ch 221 (4)
Ch 227 (1)
Freshman Inquiry (5)

CS 162 (4)
Mth 252 (4)
Ch 222 (4)
Ch 228 (1)
Freshman Inquiry (5)

CS 163 (4)
Mth 253 (4)
Ch 223 (4)
Ch 229 (1)
Freshman Inquiry (5)

Soph

CS 200 (4)
CS 250 (4)
Bi 301 (4)
Sophomore Inquiry (4)

CS 201 (4)
CS 251 (4)
Bi 302 (4)
Sophomore Inquiry (4)

CS 202 (4)
CS 311 (4)
Bi 303 (4)
Sophomore Inquiry (4)

Junior

CS 300 (4)
CS 350 (4)
Stat 451 (4)
Upper-division cluster (4)

CS 321 (4)
CS 333 (4)
Upper-division cluster (4)

CS 322 (4)
PHPM 524 (4)
CS 386 (4)
BMI 510 (3)

Senior

ECE 341 (4)
BMI Biomedical Informatics k of n (3)
BMI 530 (3)

Approved CS elect (4)
Approved CS elect (4)
BMI Biomedical Informatics k of n (3)
BMI 532 (3)

BMI 560 (3)
BMI 534 (3)
Upper-division cluster (4)

Grad 1

Approved BMI elect (3)
Approved BMI elect (3)
BMI 570 (1)
BMI Evaluative Sciences k of n (3)

BMI 517 (3)
BMI 515 (2)
BMI 580 - Capstone Project (3)

BMI 518 (3)
BMI 581 - Capstone Project (3)
Approved BMI elect (3)

Who do I contact for more information about Biomedical Informatics?

Portland State University
Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Computer Science
503.725.4036
uc at cs.pdx.edu
http://www.cs.pdx.edu

Who do I contact for information on the admissions process?

Portland State University
Admissions, Records & Financial Aid
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207
503.725.3511 or 800.547.8887
http://www.pdx.edu

Other good resources:

OHSU Biomedical Informatics website can be found at: http://www.ohsu.edu/dmice/whatis/