Special Degree in Bioinformatics
The special degree in Bioinformatics was introduced in 2006/2007 as a response to the current need in training biological science students in analysis and management of biological data using computer science and information technology. The University of Colombo is the first to introduce such a program in the university system in Sri Lanka.
The precursor to this program was the course on “Introduction to Bioinformatics” which was initiated by the Department of Plant Sciences in 2002.This newly emerged field in biosciences is applicable in a great variety of disciplines such as molecular biotechnology, drug designing and biodiversity conservation. This is a degree program consisting of course modules offered by Department of Plant Sciences, Department of Zoology and University of Colombo School of Computing.