Bioinformatics is a blend of biology, computer science, and mathematics. The graduate certificate program in bioinformatics at University of Maryland Global Campus 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.
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.
These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2020–2021 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.
About the Bioinformatics Graduate Certificate
What You'll Learn
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.
Total Credits Required: 15
- UCSP 615
(to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)
- BIOT 630
- BIFS 613
- BIFS 617
- DBST 651
- BIFS 614
Overall Certificate Requirements
Review the overall graduate certificate requirements on the certificates overview webpage.
This program is designed to help prepare you for high-demand work in bioinformatics science in a corporate, government, and/or academic environment.
Experience Recommended for Success in the Program
We recommend you have a background in biology, molecular biology, mathematics, and/or computer science as well as statistics and computer programming.
About the Faculty
James A. Coker
Program Chair, MS in Biotechnology Program
Shaojian (James) Gao
Professor of Biotechnology
Adjunct Associate Professor of Biotechnology
Vice Dean, Information and Technology Systems
Program Chair, Biotechnology, Biosecurity and Biodefense Specialization