University of Maryland University College

Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics



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Degrees Offered:

Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics

Format: Online

Program Description:

UMUC's Graduate Bioinformatics Certificate is intended to provide students with a core set of knowledge and skills in this rapidly growing area in the biotechnology industry. Bioinformatics specialists are in ever-increasing demand and job opportunities are appearing at the interface of molecular biology and information technology. Bioinformatics is the application of computer technology to the management of biological information. Computers are used to gather, store, analyze and integrate biological and genetic information which can then be applied to gene-based drug discovery and development. The need for Bioinformatics capabilities has been precipitated by the explosion of publicly available genomic information resulting from the Human Genome Project. Core coursework includes: Introduction and Advanced Bioinformatics, Statistical Processes for Biotechnology, Relational Database Systems, and Data Structures and Algorithms. This certificate requires 15 semester hours to complete.


Accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and certified by the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia. UMUC is a constituent institution of the University System of Maryland.

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Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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