Graduate Certificate Program Director: Dr. Philippe Georgel
georgel@marshall.edu
Byrd Biotech Building, 241-P
304.696.3965
Program Overview:
The Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics requires 15 hours of course credit. The Certificate is designed to complement existing degrees and to suit the needs of students and professionals who want to specialize in the fast-growing field of Bioinformatics.

 

Program Highlights:
  • The curriculum represents a collaborative effort of the College of Science, College of Information Technology and Engineering, and the Marshall University School of Medicine.
  • Students will acquire the necessary skills to analyze and interpret the large data sets associated with the use of modern biotechnology.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure:
Under the Code of Federal Regulations 668.6B, the following information is provided to prospective students seeking only the certificate (not simultaneously with a degree) to help them make informed decisions about this program, which does not lead to a degree. NOTE: Standard Occupational Classification (“SOC”) codes are issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. The SOC is linked to the occupational profile on O*NET, the nation’s primary source of occupational information.

Intended Occupation for Certificate Holders Standard Occupation Code
Bioinformatics Scientists 19-1029.01
Computer and Information Research Scientists 15-1111.00
Information Technology Project Managers 15-1199.09

 

Standard Time to Completion: 2-3 semesters.

Curriculum:  5 courses | 15 credits
Courses Credits
CS 505: Computing for Bioinformatics. New course. This course will be taught by a Computer Science (CS) professor. Prerequisites: None. 3
BSC 550: Molecular Biology. Existing course. This course will be taught by a Biology professor. Prerequisites: BSC 322 (Principles of Cell Biology). 3
CS 645: Advanced Topics in Bioinformatics. New course. This course will be team-taught by professors from CITE, COS, and School of Medicine (SOM). Prerequisites: CS 505. 3
Elective courses (2)One course from the following is required (3 CH):

  • BSC 543: Microbial Genetics. Existing course. This course will be taught by a Biology professor. Prerequisites: BSC 322 (Principles of Cell Biology).
  • CS 510: Database Systems. New course. This course will be taught by a CS professor. Prerequisites: None.

Second Elective Course

One course from the following is required (3 CH):

  • BSC 617: Statistical Techniques for Biomedical Sciences. Existing course. This course will be taught by a SOM professor. Prerequisites: None.
  • MTH 518: Biostatistics. Existing course. This course will be taught by a COS/Math professor. Prerequisites: None.
  • CS 540: Digital Image Processing. New course. This course will be taught by a CS professor. Prerequisites: None.
  • CS 630: Machine Learning. New course. This course will be taught by a CS professor. Prerequisites: None.
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Cost of books and supplies (estimate): $300

Admission Requirements

  • “Both senior-level undergraduate students with an overall GPA of at least 2.75 and graduate students may enroll in the certificate program. Undergraduate students must satisfy the following prerequisite requirement:

Successful completion (grade C or better) of MTH 140 or MTH 229, and one of MTH 225, MTH 326, or MTH 345.

  • No admission test score required.

Certificate Application Essentials

How to apply:

  • Prospective certificate-only students should apply for admission to Marshall University (with non-refundable application fee), as a Certificate/Professional Development student.
  • Applicants should follow the admissions process described in the Graduate Catalog, or at the Graduate Admissions website.
  • Students who are already enrolled in Computer Science, Biology, and Biomedical Sciences degree programs at Marshall University should submit a Secondary Program Request Form. There is no application fee.

Deadline for Application: December 1 (Spring semester); August 1 (Fall Semester); May 1 (Summer)

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