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Bioinformatics Graduate Certificates

The Bioinformatics graduate certificates are designed to train graduates who will bring interdisciplinary expertise in biological sciences and computing to bear on large-scale analysis problems in genomic biology. The fields of bioinformatics and computational biology provide methods to extract significance from high-throughput experimental results and develop models of complex biological systems. A recent study of the biotechnology community in the Charlotte metro area alone identified 700 companies, nearly one third of which will have need of bioinformatics professionals in the near future. The Bioinformatics Graduate certificates will serve as an important qualification for individuals that will seek employment in North Carolina’s biotechnology sector. In addition, they will provide an excellent foundation for further graduate study in the life sciences, bioinformatics, genomic medicine, and other health disciplines.

  • Bioinformatics Technology: designed to train graduates who will bring interdisciplinary expertise in biological sciences and computing to bear on large-scale analysis problems in genomic biology.
  • Bioinformatics Applications: designed to train life science students to integrate expertise in established bioinformatics methods into life science research settings.

Applications are accepted for Fall and Spring semesters. Please submit your application 2 months in advance prior to that semester. Experienced professionals and graduates from the biological sciences and IT fields are encouraged to apply.

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Bioinformatics Technology

The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics Technology is to train individuals in method development for analysis of large-scale biological data and modeling of complex biological systems, with a focus on acquiring complementary skill sets in life sciences and in programming, statistical analysis, and database development. The certificate requires fifteen (15) 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 the Professional Science Masters in Bioinformatics or with the Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.

Admission Requirements

Bioinformatics Technology Certificate Bioinformatics Applications Certificate
1. A bachelor’s degree in related field, including, but not limited to, a life science, physical science, mathematics, or computing discipline. 1. A bachelor’s degree in a life science discipline, that includes advanced coursework in molecular biology and genetics.
2. Practical experience and confidence with computers, for instance use of common web browsers, word processing, plotting, and spreadsheet applications. 2. Practical experience and confidence with computers, for instance use of common web browsers, word processing, plotting, and spreadsheet applications.

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

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 the Professional Science Masters in Bioinformatics or with the Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.

Bioinformatics Technology Program Requirements

Students will follow one of two pathways through the program, depending on their bachelor’s degree field and previous experience. The following courses make up the required core:

If the bachelor’s degree is in life sciences: If the bachelor’s degree is in computing or mathematics:
  • BINF 6200/6200L Statistics for Bioinformatics / Statistics for Bioinformatics Laboratory (3/0)
  • BINF 6111/6111L Bioinformatics Programming I / Bioinformatics Programming I Laboratory (3/0)
  • BINF 6112/6112L Bioinformatics Programming II / Bioinformatics Programming II Laboratory (3/0)
  • BINF 6203/6203L - Genomics / Genomics Laboratory (3/0)
  • BINF 6200/6200L Statistics for Bioinformatics / Statistics for Bioinformatics Laboratory (3/0)
  • BINF 6100 Biological Basis of Bioinformatics (3)
  • BINF 6112/6112L Bioinformatics Programming II / Bioinformatics Programming II Laboratory (3/0)
  • BINF 6203/6203L - Genomics / Genomics Laboratory (3/0)

And one of the following courses:

  • BINF 6201/6201L - Molecular Sequence Analysis/Molecular Sequence Analysis Laboratory (3/0)
  • BINF 6211/6211L Design and Implementation of Bioinformatics Databases / Design and Implementation of Bioinformatics Databases (3/0)

If a student wishes to enter the program having completed coursework that is equivalent to the core course requirements, the core requirements may be waived at the discretion of the certificate coordinator. In this case, the required 15 coursework hours may be selected from the electives listed above, or from other advanced graduate courses offered by the Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics.

Transfer credit from other Universities may not be applied toward the certificates.

It is suggested that students in the Graduate Certificate Program arrange formal co-mentorship by a Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics faculty member, if the student is concurrently enrolled in another thesis-based degree program on campus and intends to extend or enable their thesis research through the application of bioinformatic methods.

The proposed certificate will serve as an important qualification for individuals that will seek employment in North Carolina’s biotechnology sector. In addition, the program will provide an excellent foundation for further graduate study in the life sciences, bioinformatics, genomic medicine, and other health disciplines.

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 6200/6200L Statistics for Bioinformatics/Statistics for Bioinformatics Laboratory (3/0)
  • BINF 6203/6203L Genomics/Genomics Laboratory (3/0)

And two of the following courses:

  • BINF 6201/6201L Molecular Sequence Analysis / Molecular Sequence Analysis Laboratory (3/0)
  • BINF 6211/6211L Design and Implementation of Bioinformatics Databases / Design and Implementation of Bioinformatics Laboratory (3/0)
  • BINF 6215 Bioinformatics Pipeline Programming (3)
  • BINF 6350/6350L Biotechnology and Genomic Laboratory / Biotechnology and Genomics Hands on Laboratory (3/0)

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.