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Program Overview

The Bioinformatics Certificate program meets the growing demand for life science professionals who are fluent in this cross-cutting discipline. Increasingly, bioinformatics is the engine by which researchers process, analyze and interpret the vast quantities of data generated every day across labs in Maryland, nationally and globally. The program equips students to:

  • Manage and configure bioinformatics data sets
  • Manipulate and format bioinformatics for downstream analysis
  • Select and apply appropriate tools related to genomics, structural biology and proteomics
  • Conduct statistical analyses for bioinformatics problems
  • Demonstrate skills for effective communication in the field

Students benefit from the qualifications of Hood’s excellent faculty and the experience of adjunct professors from the region’s top R&D and biotech firms and federal and private laboratories. Classes are small, encouraging individual attention and collaboration. Courses are taught in the evening to accommodate the working professional.

Entrance requirements

This program is designed for students who have a background in biotechnology, biomedical science or the life sciences.  Application requirements include one or the following: acceptance into the Biomedical Sciences program at Hood College; a completed Master’s degree (MA or MSc) in a biology-related field; or a completed undergraduate degree in a related field (BA or BSc) with a GPA of 2.75 or higher.  Undergraduate coursework must include: microbiology, organic chemistry, pre-calculus, upper level genetics (equivalent to Hood’s BIOL 316) and cell biology (equivalent to Hood’s BIOL 339).  International students, please see for additional information.


Complete and submit the graduate school application. Request one copy of official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended and submit an essay that describes your future goals and relevant work experience. All documents should be sent directly to the graduate school. 

Grade point average

A minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA is required for admission to the graduate school.

Required courses

BIFX 550 Nucleic Acid Sequence Analysis/Protein Modeling 3
BIFX 551 Programming for Bioinformatics 3
BIFX 552 Bioinformatics Applications I 3
BIFX 553 Bioinformatics Applications II 3
BIFX 572 Computational Genomics and Proteomics 3
Total Credits   15