Learn to identify, compile, analyze, and communicate complex biological and genetic data for initiatives in areas such as human genome analysis, disease research, and drug discovery and development. Through this professional graduate certificate, you can enhance a career in medical science and research, genetics, molecular and cellular biology, scientific programming, or software development.
Key learning outcomes
- Understand the latest bioinformatics tools and topics, such as information DNA sequencing and assembly; output; probability; sequence alignment; gene prediction; functional genomics; phylogenetics; sequence, gene, and protein databases; and social and ethical considerations.
- Enhance skills in computer science and programming through use of algorithms, data structures, string manipulation, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development.
- Acquire knowledge in a focused topic area, such as bioinformatic algorithms, genomics, medical informatics, and proteomics.
No application is required. You simply register for graduate courses during our fall, spring, or summer registration periods.
Earning the Certificate
To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:
- Complete the four certificate courses for graduate credit.
- Earn at least a B grade in each course.
- Complete the courses within three years.
The professional graduate certificate in Bioinformatics requires four courses:
- Introduction to Bioinformatics course (choose one course from select group)
- Computer Science course (choose one course from select group)
- Electives (choose any two courses from select group)
Prior knowledge in biology, basic programming, and an introductory statistics or biostatistics course are recommended for this certificate.
If you do not have a background in programming languages, you may consider first taking an introductory computer science course, such as CSCI E-10A Introduction to Computer Science Using Java I or CSCI E-50 Intensive Introduction to Computer Science. You might also consider STAT E-102 Fundamentals of Biostatistics. While it does not count toward this certificate, it will help prepare you for the course work.
Courses taken before the 2014–15 academic year do not apply toward this certificate.