Get a computational and scientific foundation
This program is designed in consultation with industry leaders to meet the need for biologists and computer scientists to analyze and interpret today’s deluge of biological information. Tailor your studies to your particular needs and interests while learning the tools and methods of bioinformatics. Life scientists delve into data tech and computer scientists gain a background in molecular biology.
Bioinformatics certificate program objectives:
- Use public domain bioinformatics tools, including Genbank and PBD
- Employ statistical design of experiment (SDOE) to analyze experimental data and factors affecting outputs
- Distinguish key molecular biology techniques—gene cloning, manipulation and sequencing; PCR; RNA interference; and gene expression analysis
- Complete a computational biology project using Java
- Recognize sequence analysis techniques such as Hidden Markov Models and RNA analysis
- Query and read DNA sequences from Fasta files
Cost: $6,000 | International Tuition Cost
Required Credits: Total Required: 6–7 courses/16 units. Take 3 required courses (9 units) and 3–4 elective courses (7 units). End with certificate of completion review.
Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 12 months.
|1. Prerequisite(s): "Molecular Biology, Introduction" and "Statistics" course or equivalent.|
|Statistics||5.0||Fall Online||Spring Online|
|2.Three Required Courses|
|Bioinformatics Tools, Databases and Methods||3.0||Winter Online||Summer Online|
|Experimental Methods in Molecular Biology||3.0||Fall Online||Spring Online|
|Statistical Analysis and Modeling for Bioinformatics and Biomedical Applications||3.0||Summer Online|
|3. Elective Course Seven Units Required|
|DNA Microarrays: Principles, Applications and Data Analysis||3.0||Fall Online||Spring Online|
|Gene Expression and Pathways||2.0||Spring Classroom|
|Genomics and Next Generation DNA Sequencing: Methods and Applications||3.0||Fall Classroom|
|Principles of Drug Discovery and Development||4.0||Fall Classroom||Winter Classroom||Spring Classroom||Summer Classroom|
|4. Fee for Certificate Review|
|Bioinformatics Certificate Completion Fee||None||Fall Online||Winter Online||Spring Online||Summer Online|
Please review the course descriptions to ensure that you have taken necessary prerequisites or meet the requirements through job experience or previous education.
Molecular Biology Knowledge: Familiarity with the principles of modern molecular biology is required to begin the Biotechnology certificate. You can satisfy this requirement with an introductory course in molecular biology (taken within the last five years) or by demonstrating equivalent work experience.
Statistics Knowledge: To take Statistical Analysis and Modeling for Bioinformatics and Biomedical Applications, you need an understanding of both probability and statistics. UCSC Extension offers Statistics.
Recommended Course Sequence
Please follow this sequence. After completing the prerequisites, those new to the field of bioinformatics should start with Bioinformatics Tools, Databases and Methods and Experimental Methods in Molecular Biology. Courses may then be taken in any sequence, unless otherwise specified in the individual course description.
To receive your certificate
Upon completion of the course sequence you may request your Bioinformatics Certificate Completion Review.
Dual Certification & Shared Credit
Learn more for Less: You can complete two bioscience certificate programs at UCSC Extension simultaneously or in sequence with fewer units than if the programs were taken individually. Students pursing two certificates need to:
- Complete the total number of units indicated in the table below.
- Complete all required courses for both programs.
- Count each unit only once.
- Select some electives that are common to both programs.
|Biotechnology||Clinical Trials||Medical Devices||Regulatory Affairs||Bioinformatics|
|Biotechnology||19 units||32 units||31 units||32 units||30 units|
|Clinical Trials||32 units||19 units||31 units||32 units||X|
|Medical Devices||31 units||31 units||17 units||31 units||X|
|Regulatory Affairs||32 units||32 units||31 units||19 units||X|
|Bioinformatics||30 units||X||X||X||16 units|
Certificate Program Chair
JANANI RANGARAJAN, M.S., is a QA statistical data analyst at Gilead Sciences where she supports the Quality Risk Management department with data analysis for plant-wide interdepartmental KPIs. Former positions include working as a bioinformatics analyst at the USC Norris Cancer Center, as a statistical analyst/programmer for Northwestern University and as a researcher at the Scripps Research Institute, where she designed and produced custom DNA, peptide and carbohydrate arrays. Rangarajan has a graduate degree in bioinformatics and extensive experience with bioinformatics tools, databases and methods. She has contributed to the Consortium for Functional Glycomics and helped print the Glycan microarray for the project.
Certificate Program Advisory Committee
DAVID BERNICK, Ph.D.
Assistant Adjunct Professor, Project Scientist/Lecturer
Biomolecular Engineering, UC, Santa Cruz
GREGORY FRANK, Ph.D.
Biosciences Instructor, UCSC Extension
ROBERT KNIGHT, MS, DPM
Statistics Instructor, UCSC Extension
ABIZAR LAKDAWALLA, Ph.D., MS, DMLT
Senior Advisor, INanoBio
Partner, ZB AngelFunds
Bioinformatics Instructor, UCSC Extension
JANANI RANGARAJAN, MS, BS
Statistical Data Analyst, Gilead Sciences
Bioinformatics Instructor, UCSC Extension
EDWARD ROZHON, Ph.D.
Biosciences Instructor / Program Chair
Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, and Clinical Trials Design and Management Programs