Manuel Duval, Ph.D.

This certificate program will provide a practical, "hands-on" approach to computer applications in molecular biology, and will focus on the major issues concerning representation and analysis of biological sequence and structural information. With a strong foundation of 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: molecular biology students with limited experience in computer systems who wish to upgrade their skills and knowIedge in the field of bioinformatics, as well as those computer science students with existing computational or mathematical skills who wish to learn how to apply those skills to real biological problems. The program will give students a sound theoretical knowledge of informatics, molecular genetics and genomics, together with practical experience of applying informatics to the organization and use of biological and chemical databases.

The curriculum for this concentration includes five courses (a total of 15 credits), which combine computer science, molecular genetics, and bioinformatics courses.

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Required courses:
(15 credits)
MB 606 Molecular Genetics/Genomics
MB 620 Bioinformatics
MB 622 Database Systems for Biological Research
MB 625 Advanced Bioinformatics

Plus one of the following courses:
CS 604 Introduction to Programming/C
CS 610 Intermediate Programming/C

Prerequisites for the certificate:
Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree in science, mathematics or engineering. Additionally, it is expected that the applicant has significant background in biology, chemistry, computer science, or mathematics. The specific prerequisites are undergraduate molecular biology or biochemistry and college algebra