The IGS pathway introduces students to the emerging interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics and its relationships to molecular genomics, evolution, structural biology, and bioethics. The sequencing of genomes of humans and other model organisms has led to new challenges in the life sciences – to integrate large amounts of information in order to build and evaluate models of how organisms work. This intrinsically interdisciplinary problem bridges conceptual frameworks and ways of thinking between the life sciences, information sciences, and philosophy.
Faculty in complementing fields are working together to explore and develop new courses in this emerging field. As the disciplines advance, tomorrow's students in the life sciences and in information sciences will benefit from strong conceptual frameworks in informatics, biology, and bioethics, and in the links between them.
Please go to http://igs.wesleyan.edu
for additional information on our IGS initiative.