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Researchers have become increasingly reliant on Information Technology tools to reduce the costs and boost the productivity of life sciences research and development. Information Technology tools and bioinformatics research and development are key to remaining competitive for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. For that reason these companies are expanding IT capabilities by developing in-house programs, acquiring companies, and partnering with IT companies, bioinformatics firms, and consulting firms. Increasingly, companies and research organizations are seeking workers with formalized training that have the skills of both computer and life scientists.
The Life Sciences Information Technology Certificate aims to provide professional with backgrounds in the Life or Computer Sciences with the knowledge necessary to cross over and be conversant on both areas. The certificate provides an ample spectrum of job opportunities within the software, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, from providing researchers with technical IT support, to database administration, to research in bioinformatics, or programming applications for the industry. The different focus areas within the certificate permit specialization in IT support, bioinformatics research or programming applications for the life sciences industry.
|Course Title||Course Number||Units||FA||WI||SP||SU|
|Recommended Courses (Proficiency in these areas is strongly recommended. Up to 2 classes will count towards certificate.)|
|Introduction to Molecular Biology||X||X|
|PERL for Bioinformatics||O||O|
|Introduction to SQL Programming||O,X||O,X||O,X||O,X|
|Core Courses (All three courses required.)|
|Biological Database Design|
|Data Mining for Scientific Applications||O||O|
|FOCUS AREAS (Choose one focus area. Requirements are outlined in each focus area.)|
|Research Information Services (All three courses required. Choose an additional 9.5 units from other focus areas to complete the 24 units required for the certificate. )|
|Laboratory Information Management Systems|
|Project Management Essentials||L,O,U||O,U||O,U||O,U|
|Bioinformatics Data Mining (All three courses required. Choose an additional 8.5 units from other focus areas to complete the 24 units required for the certificate. )|
|Pattern Recognition for Bioinformatics||X||U|
|Databases and Genome Analysis||X||X|
|Genomic Sequencing Technologies||O||O|
|Bioprogramming (16.5 units of study required for this focus area to meet the 24 units required for the certificate. You must choose one course from another focus area.)|
|C/C++ Programming I : Fundamental Programming Concepts||X||O||O||O|
|C/C++ Programming II : Dynamic Memory and File I/O Concepts||O||X||O||O|
|Structural Biology in Drug Discovery||O|
|SAS Programming I: DATA Step and PROC Fundamentals||O||O||O||O|
|In Vitro Diagnostics Product Development||X|
|C/C++ Programming III : Intermediate Programming with Objects||O||X||O|
|Java for Bioinformatics||O|
|Perl For Bioinformatics II||O|
|L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA|
From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable. It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.
Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.
|Application Fee: $0||Apply Now!|
|Contact: Science & Technology, 858-534-9353|
|Please note: Upon acceptance into the program, there will be a $60 certificate fee.|
Complete the application and pay application fee.UC San Diego Extension programs are designed to best serve college-prepared working professionals. Although programs are open to all adult learners, where program capacity is limited, applicants with this profile will receive preference for admission.
Before starting the core courses, the students should ensure they have a degree of proficiency in programming with a scripting language and database query languages, as well as a basic understanding of the life sciences industry.
Simon Craw, Ph.D.
Senior Director of IS and IT
ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Ping Du, Ph.D.
Scott Kahn, Ph.D.
Chief Information Officer
Darryl Leon, Ph.D.
Senior Application Specialist
Paul A. Rejto, Ph.D.
Director of Computational Biology
Pfizer Global R&D, La Jolla Laboratories
Steven Stelman, Ph.D.
Bioinformatics R&D Manager
Helge Wessig, Ph.D.