Bioinformatics, Certificate

Program Director: Miranda Darby, Ph.D.,; 301-696-3274

The Bioinformatics Certificate is designed particularly for students who have a background in biotechnology, biomedical science or the life sciences, either through formal study or professional experience. The certificate includes foundational areas of bioinformatics: public database and applications, database management/data mining, programming, statistics and analysis of genomic, proteomic and modeling data, as well an integrative capstone course in which students will coalesce and synthesize the skills that they have developed in the foundational courses to analyze and interpret publically available primary data to answer a new biological question.

Application Requirements

Students wishing to enter the program must have: 1) a completed undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75 in biology, molecular biology, or a related field that includes undergraduate coursework in molecular biology, upper level genetics (equivalent to Hood’s BIOL 316) and cell biology (equivalent to Hood’s BIOL 339); or, 2) acceptance into the Biomedical Science program; or 3) completion of a master’s degree (MA or MSc) or Ph.D. in a biology-related field. In addition, students without computer programming experience are strongly encouraged to complete BIFX 502 “Foundation in Computer Sciences”. Students admitted to the certificate program are eligible to switch to the MS in Bioinformatics during their course of study. All coursework can be transferred to the MS in Bioinformatics.

Requirements for the Certificate:


BIFX 550Nucleic Acid Sequence Analysis and Protein Modeling


BIFX 551Programming for Bioinformatics


BIFX 552Bioinformatics Applications I


BIFX 553Bioinformatics Applications II


BIFX 572Computational Genomics and Proteomics


Total Credit Hours:15.0