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2019-2020 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog


Undergraduate Certificate in Bioinformatics and Genomics

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. Students must be degree-seeking students to receive the certificate. The certificate will be awarded at the same time as the degree is awarded. All undergraduate certificates have received Higher Learning Commission approval, and students are eligible for financial aid because they are seeking a degree.

Requirements for the Certificate in Bioinformatics and Genomics

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

Core Courses

Elective Courses (choose at least one)

While these courses are all distinct in their scopes and objectives, they share a common theme of providing knowledge and hands-on experience with computer and mathematical models helping to solve diverse problems in biology or medicine. With permission, other courses may be applied toward the required elective for the certificate in bioinformatics and genomics.

Transfer Students

A maximum of one course can be credited by transfer toward completion of the certificate in bioinformatics and genomics. Students must complete at least three of the courses for the certificate at GVSU.



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