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Get certified in bioinformatics

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.



Foundation Course

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 program.


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.


Required Documents

  • Application
  • Application Fee
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • GRE Scores
  • TOEFL Scores (if applicable)
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Personal Statement of why you are interested in our program at OSU and goals for the program
  • 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

Cost and Assistance

Cost for on-campus enrollment

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