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A new undergraduate degree combining computer sciences and animal sciences recently was introduced at the University of Illinois. Incoming freshmen in fall 2021 can enroll in the program, known as CS + Animal Sciences.

The program will help prepare students for handling large datasets, bioinformatics, genomic information and data from remote sensors, according to David Miller, a professor in the animal-science department at the University of Illinois. That could include data from remote sensors in large livestock herds, allowing producers to quickly detect and treat health problems. The program also could help prepare students for analyses of genomic information, leading to breed improvements in efficiency or disease resistance.

Students transferring from community colleges and within the University of Illinois can enter the program in fall 2020. Contact djmille@illinois.edu or 217-333-3408 for more information.

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