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Bioinformatics (C)

Graduate
  • Certificate

About this Program

The bioinformatics certificate program meets the growing demand for life science professionals who are fluent in this cross-cutting discipline.

Program Overview

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.

Research Engine

Increasingly, bioinformatics is the engine by which researchers process, analyze and interpret the vast quantities of data generated every day in labs in the region, across the nation and around the globe. Hood’s program equips students to manage and configure bioinformatics data sets; manipulate and format bioinformatics for downstream analysis; and select and apply tools related to genomics, structural biology and proteomics. Students learn to conduct statistical analyses for bioinformatics problems and demonstrate skills for effective communication in the field.

Expert Faculty

Students in the 15-credit program 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. 

Small Evening Classes

Classes are small, encouraging individual attention and collaboration. Courses are taught in the evening to accommodate the working professional.

Program Contact

Program Director

Phone
301-696-3650

Larbi Bricha

Assistant Director of Graduate Admission

Phone
301-696-3601

Degrees Offered

  • Certificate

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Graduate students launch a new Bioinformatics Club

Graduate Students Launch New Bioinformatics Club

Miranda Darby, Ph.D. Faculty Graduate Student

We are pleased to announce the Graduate School is richer with one more organization on campus – the Hood College Bioinformatics Club.

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For students applying to the bioinformatics certificate program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended; and 
  • A statement of intent of at most 250 words that describes background experience and future goals. 

This program is designed particularly for students who have a background in biotechnology, biomedical science or the life sciences, either through formal study or professional experience. The program director will advise the student of any prerequisite requirements. A minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA is required for admission to the Graduate School.

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). 

Application

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.

Students can complete the Bioinformatics Certificate program coursework in approximately two to three years depending on the pace of coursework that they choose. By following these two steps, students can plan on completing the program requirements at a pace that meets their professional needs. 

Step One

Look up the Bioinformatics program requirements, course descriptions and Graduate School policies and procedures in the College Catalog

Step Two

Students should consult their adviser and the course schedule each semester to determine how they will fulfill the program requirements; the program director contact information is located at the bottom of the Bioinformatics homepage and students' academic advisers are indicated on their letters of admission. These faculty members can assist in planning a program of study that is based on a student's professional and career goals. All students must consult with their adviser before signing up for any final research project. 

At the Graduate School at Hood College, students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty who can assist in the pursuit of academic and professional goals. Students are encouraged to get to know their faculty advisers and course professors to make the most of their graduate school experience.

Required Courses

BIFX 550Nucleic Acid Sequence Analysis/Protein Modeling 3
BIFX 551Programming for Bioinformatics 3
BIFX 552Bioinformatics Applications I 3
BIFX 553Bioinformatics Applications II 3
BIFX 572Computational Genomics and Proteomics3
   
Total Credits  15

 

Our advisory board...

provides support and assistance in the development of new programs, serves as ambassadors for our program and identifies best practice standards.

All Faculty
Miranda Darby

Miranda Darby

  • Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics
  • Program Director, Master's in Bioinformatics and Bioinformatics Certificate

Xinlian Liu

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science
  • Program Director, Master's in Computer Science