Bioinformatics Applications Certificate

Bioinformatics Applications

The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics Applications is to train individuals in the application of established bioinformatics methods for analysis of biological sequence, structure, and genomic data. The certificate requires twelve (12) credit hours of coursework. The certificate may be pursued concurrently with a related non-bioinformatics graduate degree program at UNC Charlotte, or as a standalone program. The certificate may not be pursued concurrently with a Master of science in Bioinformatics or with the Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.

Admission Requirements

Bioinformatics Applications Certificate
A bachelor’s degree in a life science discipline, that includes advanced coursework in molecular biology and genetics.
Practical experience and confidence with computers, for instance use of common web browsers, word processing, plotting, and spreadsheet applications.
Online Graduate School Application
Statement of Purpose

If English is not the applicant’s native language and he or she has not earned a post-secondary degree from a U.S. institution. Required is either a minimum score of 83 on the Internet-based TOEFL, a minimum score of 220 on the computer-based TOEFL, a minimum score of 557 on the paper-based TOEFL, or a minimum overall bandscore of 6.5 on the IELTS.

Bioinformatics Applications Program Requirements

Students will take four courses that introduce core methods for analysis of molecular biological data.

If the Bachelor’s degree is in life sciences:
BINF 6200 Statistics for Bioinformatics (3)
BINF 6203 Genomics (3)
And two of the following courses:
BINF 6201 Molecular Sequence Analysis (3)
BINF 6211 Design and Implementation of Bioinformatics Databases (3)
BINF 6215 Bioinformatics Pipeline Programming (3)
BINF 6350 Biotechnology and Genomic Laboratory (3)

If a student wishes to enter the program having completed coursework that is equivalent to one or more of the core requirements, the requirements may be waived at the discretion of the certificate coordinator. In this case, the required 12 credit hours may be selected from other advanced graduate courses offered by the Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics.

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