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Life Sciences Information Technology Certificate

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.

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Certificate Course Matrix
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
BIOL-40001
3
X   X  
Understanding Biopharmaceuticals
BIOL-40148
3
Schedule Varies
PERL for Bioinformatics
BIOL-40158
2
O   O  
Introduction to SQL Programming Concepts
CSE-40933
3
X X X L
Core Courses (All three courses required.)
Bioinformatics
BIOL-40236
3
O   O  
Biological Database Design
CSE-40845
2
Schedule Varies
Data Mining for Scientific Applications
CSE-40770
3
  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. )
Cheminformatics
BIOL-40240
2
O   O  
Laboratory Information Management Systems
BIOL-40188
2
Schedule Varies
Project Management Essentials
BUSA-40064
3
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
BIOL-40157
2
      X
Databases and Genome Analysis
BIOL-40131
3
X   X  
Genomic Sequencing Technologies
BIOL-40237
3
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.)
Biostatistics
BIOL-40049
3
O O O O
Clinical Biostatistics
BIOL-40253
3
  O   O
C/C++ Programming I : Fundamental Programming Concepts
CSE-40475
3
O X O X
C/C++ Programming II : Dynamic Memory and File I/O Concepts
CSE-40476
3
X O X O
C/C++ Programming III : Intermediate Programming with Objects
CSE-40477
3
O X O  
In Vitro Diagnostics Product Development
BIOL-40244
2
X   X  
Java for Bioinformatics
BIOL-41244
3
      O
Perl For Bioinformatics II
BIOL-40242
3
  O    
Career Workshops (Not required for certificate.)
Bioinformatics & Precision Medicine (Career Workshop)
INFO-70072
0
    U  
L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA
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To Register in the Certificate Program

Certificate registration is required to complete the program. Candidates are encouraged to register in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.

Certificate Section ID: 100502 Add to Cart
Application Fee: $60
Contact: Life Sciences, (858) 534-9353
E-mail: unexbio@ucsd.edu

Program Benefits

  • Master the programming languages used to build informatics applications in the life sciences industry.
  • Integrate chemical and biological information to deploy the complex information systems used in the life sciences industry.
  • Gather and mine genomic information using state of the art tools to aid in bioinformatics research.
  • Manage information technology projects in the life sciences industry by conversing in the language of chemical and biological research and of the information technologies.

Certificate Guidelines

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.

Advisors

Simon Craw, Ph.D.
Senior Director of IS and IT
ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Ping Du, Ph.D.
Director, Informatics
Allergan, Inc.

Scott Kahn, Ph.D.
Chief Information Officer
Illumina, Inc.

Darryl Leon, Ph.D.
Senior Application Specialist
Life Technologies

Paul A. Rejto, Ph.D.
Director of Computational Biology
Pfizer Global R&D, La Jolla Laboratories

Steven Stelman, Ph.D.
Bioinformatics R&D Manager
ActiveMotif

Helge Wessig, Ph.D.
Director, Bioinformatics
ActivX Biosciences