Advisor: Christina Zito, Lecturer, Ph.D. Yale University

This certificate program provides a practical, “hands-on” approach to computer applications in molecular biology and focuses on the major issues concerning representation and analysis of biological sequence and structural information. With a strong foundation in computer science and molecular biology, students will acquire a background in generating, analyzing, and interpreting biological data, as well as the ability to apply such knowledge in biotechnology and medicine.

The curriculum is designed to accommodate two convergent audiences: 1) molecular biology students with limited experience in computer systems who wish to upgrade their skills and knowledge in the field of bioinformatics, and 2) computer science students with computational or mathematical skills who wish to learn how to apply those skills to real biological problems.

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The curriculum for this certificate includes five courses (15 credits), which combine computer science, molecular genetics, and bioinformatics. Prerequisites for the certificate include undergraduate molecular biology or biochemistry and college algebra.

Required courses:

CSCI 6622 - Database Systems or CMBI 6622 - Database Systems for Biological Research

CMBI 6606 - Molecular Genetics/Genomics

CMBI 6620 - Bioinformatics

CMBI 6625 - Advanced Bioinformatics

Plus one of the following:

CSCI 6604 - Introduction to Programming/C

CSCI 6610 - Intermediate Programming/C