Name of qualification

Bachelor of Science

ECTS Credits

Three years of full-time study, where the normal workload for a full-time student is 60 credits for one academic year.



Language of Instruction




Objectives and content

Bioinformatics is indispensable in modern biology and thus in the understanding of life and development and health and disease. As a consequence, bioinformatics in its supporting and enabling role is of particular value to society. The goals of the program are to educate students in the basics that are necessary to develop bioinformatics methods to biological questions and to lay the foundation for master studies in bioinformatics.

Required Learning Outcomes

On completion of the study programme the candidate will have the following learning outcomes:


Students should be able to review the statistical and algorithmic foundations of fundamental methods in bioinformatics and to explain their relationship with the biological questions they are addressing


Students should be able to design and implement bioinformatics algorithms and methods in alignment with good computer science practice.

General competence:

Have a critical and analytical view for his/hers own work, as well as that of others. Be able to extend his/hers own knowledge by him/her selves. Be able to assess on a high level ethical and juridical aspects of the work.

Admission Requirements

Higher Education Entrance Qualification and MATRS.

Recommended previous knowledge

The Bachelor program in bioinformatics assumes that the students have completed a full program in mathematics from high school.

Introductory Courses


Compulsory units

These courses are compulsory:

MOL100, MAT111/MAT105, INF100, MNF130, BINF100, INF101, STAT110, BINF200, INF102, MAT121, Ex.phil, MOL201, INF161, BINF201, INF264


The specialization in the study programme totals140 ECTS, and consists of the following courses:

 MOL100, MAT111/MAT105, INF100, MNF130, BINF100, INF101, STAT110, BINF200, INF102, MAT121, MOL201, INF161, BINF201, INF264 

recommended studyplan

6. semester elective courses

5. semester INF161 - BINF201 - INF264

4. semester MAT121 - EXPHIL - MOL201

3. semester STAT110 - BINF200 - INF102

2. semester MNF130 - BINF100 - INF101

1. semester MOL100 - MAT111/MAT105 - INF100

Sequential Requirements, courses

The recommended sequence of the courses in the programme can be found under the heading ¿Specialization¿.

Study period abroad

The programme committee has made adaption for students who want to take parts of the study abroad.

Teaching and learning methods

A combination of teaching methods is used in the various courses, mainly lectures, hands-on laboratory, tutorials. You may find more information in the course description.

Assessment methods

The most common assessment methods are written and oral examination. The assessment methods for each course are described in the course description.

Grading scale

 At UiB the grades are given in one of two possible grading scales: passed/failed and A to F.

The grading scale for each course is given in the course description.

Diploma and Diploma supplement

These courses are compulsory:

Ex.phil, KJEM100/KJEM110, INF100, MNF130, MOL100, INF101, MAT111, STAT110, INF102, MAT121, BINF100, MOL201, INF261, BINF200, MOL203/INF122/BINF201

The Diploma, in Norwegian, and the Diploma Supplement, in English, will be issued when the degree is completed.

Access to further studies

Bachelor¿s degrees give admission to a master¿s programme within relevant discipline.

To qualify for a master¿s programme at UiB the average grade for the specialization in the bachelor's degree should be at least C.


The Bachelor program in bioinformatics assumes that the students have completed a full program in mathematics from high school.

With a degree in Bioinformatics, the candidate will be able to work within the following sectors; research, oil industry, education and public administration, amongst others. With a bachelor's degree in bioinformatics one has a good basis to continue with the Master¿s program in Bioinformatics, and many other areas of study within computer science. If the studies are terminated after completing a bachelor's degree, one¿s knowledge of informatics in another field is the candidate¿s biggest advantage.


The programme will be evaluated according to the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.

Programme committee

The programme committee is responsible for the academic content, the structure and the quality of the programme.

Contact information

Please contact the academic adviser for the programme if you have any questions: Studierettleiar@ii.uib.no

Phone: + 47 55 58 41 82