Learn the tools to unlock the next big discovery while gaining industry experience with a graduate certificate in bioinformatics.
A graduate certificate in bioinformatics from University of Maryland University College can help prepare you to become a qualified bioinformatics professional for public- or private-sector organizations. You'll gain cutting-edge knowledge, and you'll also develop experience in the field, which can give you an advantage in the job market.
Bioinformatics is a blend of biology, computer science, and mathematics. Modern biology generates massive quantities of big data. Hidden in this data might be the next effective cancer therapy, the definitive proof that a certain gene is responsible for a disease, or the information needed to replicate a crucial biological process—and you could be on the team that discovers it.
About the Bioinformatics Graduate Certificate
The bioinformatics curriculum covers a broad range of subjects at the interface of molecular biology and computational science. You'll gain real-world experience through interactions with biotechnology companies and learn from case studies of companies tackling real challenges.
Through your coursework, you will learn how to
- Code in Perl and Java
- Analyze big data, next-generation sequencing data, and scientific data
- Perform sequence alignments and phylogenetic analyses
- Use biostatistics, databases and data structures, algorithms, and mathematical modeling
In past projects, students have had the opportunity to
- Align and analyze DNA, RNA, and protein sequences, then perform phylogenetic analyses on them
- Write computer scripts in Perl to automate complex tasks and analyze biological data
- Work on a team for a sponsoring organization to tackle a real project
Bioinformatics Graduate Certificate Requirements
Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.
- UCSP 615
(to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)
- BIOT 630
- BIFS 613
- BIFS 617
- DBST 651
- BIFS 614
- To pursue a certificate program, you must be admitted as a UMUC student.
- You are responsible for notifying UMUC of your intention to complete certificate work before completion of your last course.
- If you apply credits from your graduate certificate to a related master's degree, then you must apply for your certificate once you have completed its requirements before finishing the master's requirements.
- All required coursework for the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of B (3.0). Certificate courses cannot be taken pass/fail.
- All graduate certificate requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years. Any transfer credits, if applicable, must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate certificate.
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