Capture, analyze, manage, and utilize all types of genomics data.
The Human Genome Project kicked off a process of accrual of massive amounts of genomics data. The genomics data on diverse organisms that is now routinely generated and it is being leveraged in multiple industries with an impact on broad sectors of our economy, including the delivery of medicine, the design of pharmacological agents and even the manufacturing of industrial products such as materials and foodstuff.
Because genomic data is now found in so many different industries and scientific endeavors, a basic understanding on how to exploit it has become indispensable for scientists as well as other technical professionals. A familiarity with genomic data how to gather, analyze, and interpret it, is needed to succeed in most sectors of the life sciences and biomedical industry. Such understanding is at the core of bioinformatics.
The specialized certificate in Applied Bioinformatics is aimed at scientists in the life sciences, engineers, technical professionals working in industrial biotechnology and ancillary industries who need to utilize tools developed for bioinformatics. You will learn how to effectively utilize the data generated by the genomics revolution by giving you a solid understanding of the tools and methods of bioinformatics, including:
There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program
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There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program.
Yes, you may enroll in the program at any time. However, it is recommended that you enroll as soon as possible. The program curriculum may be updated at any time; if certificate requirements change, you must adhere to the curriculum at the time of your enrollment into the certificate. Enrolling in the certificate also gives you access to quarterly, personalized enrollment reminders from the program manager.
Yes! The program is designed for you to take it online in the convenience of your own home or office. Some courses may also have in-class options, but all program requirements can be completed online. For online courses, all assignments, tests, and quizzes can be completed online and submitted through our online learning management system.
You officially have five years from when you begin taking courses in the program to complete all requirements for the certificate.
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This program is not aligned with any one certification exam. Our programs are designed to provide students with knowledge that will make them valuable in the workforce.
When you have paid your certificate fee and successfully completed all program requirements, you will need to request an audit by Student Services. To request an audit:
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The courses in this program are post-baccalaureate, professional-level, credit bearing courses. Credit earned in these courses may lead to the award of a formal certificate by UC San Diego Extension or may be applied toward an academic degree or professional credential, subject to the approval of the receiving institution.
If you wish to transfer credit, it is your responsibility to confer with the receiving institution before enrolling, as each individual academic institution decides whether or not to accept Extension’s credits.
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Yes, you may take any course in this program without registering for the certificate, provided you have fulfilled any and all prerequisites for the course.
Two unit courses run for approximately 6-7 weeks; three unit courses run for approximately 9-10 weeks. For exact course dates of upcoming sections, visit the webpage of the course you are interested in taking on our website.
Please visit the course page on our website to see when courses are typically offered. You can also see a full program schedule by clicking on the “Download PDF” button under the “Courses” section on the certificate page.
Each student has their own learning style so this can vary greatly. As a rule of thumb, expect to spend an average of two hours studying for every hour you spend in-class. For online courses, students should plan to spend approximately 8-10 hours per week viewing lectures and completing coursework.
The online courses are asynchronous: they have a start and end date but all the lessons are uploaded to our online learning management system, so you can learn at your own pace. However, please be aware that you may have weekly assignments, quizzes, or tests that are due on specific dates.
The program courses are taught by seasoned professionals and overseen by an advisory board of leaders in the field. Generally, the instructors are all working professionals in the industry with at least a master’s level education in their field, with many having a Ph.D. You can view the advisor list under the “Advisors” section on the certificate page. You can find information about a course instructor, including a biography and credentials, on the course page.
Each instructor has his/her own preferred method of communication and response policy, which will be detailed on the course syllabus. However, most instructors utilize email or the discussion board and will respond within 24-48 hours.
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