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Bioinformatics and Genomics Undergraduate Certificate

Bioinformatics and genomics have become crucial components of life science research and industry, including biotechnology, medicine, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Career options are already numerous and will become more plentiful in the future as part of the big data analytics field. Students trained in these novel techniques will be more competitive in their applications for jobs and graduate programs.

Visit the program website for more information.

Why Study Bioinformatics and Genomics at Grand Valley?

  • Courses provide knowledge and hands-on experience with computer and mathematical models helping to solve diverse problems in biology or medicine.
  • Located in a region quickly developing into an important center for biotechnology research, industry, and education.
  • Faculty members are actively engaged in research, much of it carried out with students.
  • Students use state-of-the-art research equipment.

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For new students, visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements. Upon acceptance and for current students:

  • Declare your certificate via myBanner (Login to Banner Self-Service, click on Student, Student Records, Add a Certificate or Badge to your Program, Select the appropriate certificate from the drop down list, and click Submit)
  • Speak with the appropriate certificate coordinator to ensure criteria are being met (you will be able to track your progress toward the certificate in myPath as well!)
  • Once you are done with the requirements, apply to receive the certificate via myBanner.
  • Once the completion of your certificate has been verified, the certificate will be posted to your student record and will be viewable on your transcript. 

Location & Format

Classes for this program meet downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus and the GVSU Health Campus, near the Grand Rapids Medical Mile.

  • Face To Face


The certificate in bioinformatics and genomics requires a minimum of 12 credits - nine credits in the core and at least three credits of electives.

  • CMB 451 - Bioinformatics: Tools and Techniques for Life Scientists
  • CMB 452 - Computer Modeling and Drug Design
  • CMB 460 - Genomics and Molecular Diagnostics

Elective courses (choose at least one):

  • CIS 160 - Programming with Visual Basic
  • CIS 161 - Computational Science
  • CIS 162 - Computer Science I
  • CMB 440 - Research Applications in Drosophila Genomics
  • CMB 485 - Molecular Ecology
  • STA 312 - Probability and Statistics
  • STA 216 - Intermediate Applied Statistics
  • STA 318 - Statistical Computing

For More Information

Cell and Molecular Biology Department
3300A Kindschi Hall of Science
(616) 331-2315

Admissions and Recruitment Office