The rapid expansion of genomic information and the databases that contain various types of sequence and structural data has resulted in the field of bioinformatics, contributing an increasingly important role in the study of a diverse array of biological and biomedical problems. To solve these problems, more biological scientists and health and information professionals require familiarity with modern bioinformatics resources and protocols to perform their professional duties more efficiently and to gain additional insight into the applications of genomic information. The diverse array and magnitude of available genomic information challenges scientists to translate this data into new discoveries. Whether the need is academic or professional, familiarity with modern bioinformatics-based analyses has become an essential component of most genomic and proteomic studies. This certificate provides both biological scientists and information technologists with the necessary coursework for a broad understanding of the principles of bioinformatics and their application to different biological and biomedical problems.
This Certificate is offered at the Tampa campus.
Applicants must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college in any of the biological sciences or information systems or computer science with a minimum 3.0 GPA. In addition, the applicant must have:
- A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Quantitative and qualitative skills as demonstrated by completion of courses in biology, chemistry and computer science.
- GRE scores can be used to demonstrate qualitative and quantitative skills
Or, an overall GRE score of 1050 or higher, taken within five years preceding the application.
To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.
A total of 13 credit hours are required. Three core classes:
- GMS 7930 - Python Programming for Bioinformatics (3)
- GMS 6012 - Basic Medical Genetics (3)
- GMS 7930 - Bioinformatics Section I & II (4)
Select elective from the following list.
- BSC 6932 - Computational Biology (3)
- PHC 6050 - Biostatistics I (3)
Time Limit for Completion of Certificate
Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, the approximate time to complete the Certificate is two years.
Credit toward Graduate Degree
Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.
Standardized tests are not required for admission to the graduate certificate program. However, the GRE is required for admission to the graduate degree program. International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.
Director: Vladdir Uversky
Advisor: Michael Ramsamoj