The bioinformatics graduate certificate program trains students in the techniques
required to generate, analyze, and interpret complex biologically-derived data sets.
The certificate program is a multi-disciplinary program that involves faculty in departments
across the university and is administered through the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Upon completion of this certificate program, you will understand terminologies, technologies
and concepts used in the analysis of data related to genomes and genome structures.
You will acquire sufficient cross-disciplinary knowledge and be able to independently
design bioinformatics projects in the core disciplines of life sciences, computer
sciences and statistics.
The objectives of the bioinformatics certification program are to improve your employability
post graduation, consolidate interests from multiple departments into a cohesive curriculum,
and provide critical training to enhance the competitiveness of projects developed
during and after your education at OSU.
MICR 5203 : Bioinformatics
Bioinformatics Capstone Project
BIOC 5930 : Advanced Biochemical Techniques
Life Sciences Core Courses
BIOC 6733 : Functional Genomics
PBIO 5553 : Molecular Phylogenetic Analysis
ANSI 5010 : QTL Mapping and Marker Assisted Selection
PBIO 5110-365 : Phylogenomics
BIOC 5102 : Molecular Genetics
Statistics Core Course (select one)
STAT 6013 : Genetic Statistics
STAT 5013 : Stat Experimenters I
STAT 5023 : Stat Experimenters II
STAT 5093 : Statistical Computing
Computer Science Core Course (select one)
CS 5423/5433 : Principles of Database Systems/Distributed Database Systems
CS 5070 : Data Structures and Algorithms for Bioinformatics
CS 4433 : Intro to Database Systems
Math Core Course
MATH 6590 : Applications of Parallel Computing
Interdisciplinary Workshops (1 or 2 credit hours)
BIOC 6820 : Bioinformatics Workshop Course
BIOC 6820 : Mass Spectrometry Workshop Course
Elective Course(s) (3 or more credit hours)
Graduate-level course selected by the matriculating department and approved by the
bioinformatics certificate program committee
Note: The Certificate Program requires 16 hours of graduate credit. All students are
required to complete the foundation course, the capstone course and at least four
additional courses (one as an elective) from different interdisciplinary core areas.
Elective courses will be approved on the student’s plan of study, which, when applicable,
will be coordinated with the student’s graduate advisory committee within their home
departments to determine if the elective courses apply to a concurrent graduate degree
Admissions Requirements and Deadlines
Students are required to have a bachelor’s degree preferably in computer science,
statistics, mathematics, life sciences or related fields. Students can participate
in this certificate program while concurrently enrolled in an M.S. or Ph.D. degree
program. To apply to the bioinformatics graduate certificate program, you should complete
the graduate college application and pay the application fee.
TOEFL Scores (if applicable)
Curriculum Vitae or Resume
Personal Statement of why you are interested in our program at OSU and goals for the
A Letter of Recommendation from your major professor if you are currently in a graduate
program at OSU, and a Copy of your Plan of Study if you are currently in a graduate
program at OSU