Computational Genetics Certificate

The Department of Genetics offers a Certificate in Computational Genetics (CCG) for Genetics majors. The volume of data being generated in Genetics and related life science fields has been expanding tremendously in recent years, and career opportunities for geneticists with computational and quantitative expertise are simultaneously growing. This certificate program is intended for students who are either interested in applying to graduate-level programs, or planning careers, in Computational Genetics/Biology, Statistical Genetics, Bioinformatics, or other programs in quantitative biomedical related research. The goal of the CCG is to provide students with guidance, coursework, and relevant data design and analysis experience to prepare them for graduate studies in the field or entry-level informatics jobs. This program is only open to declared Genetics Majors. The Certificate will be awarded only in conjunction with the awarding of a baccalaureate degree in Genetics. At the end of the program students will:

  1. Have gained competence in genetic data analysis using basic computer programming and statistical analysis.
  2. Be prepared to apply to M.S. or Ph.D. graduate programs in the areas of Computational Genetics and Bioinformatics.
  3. Be prepared to apply for career positions in industry, biotech companies, pharmaceutical companies, medical centers, or universities.

Students accepted into the certificate program will meet regularly with the CCG director and conduct research in a Computational Genetics lab for at least two semesters. Completion of the certificate will require an additional 4-7 credits beyond those needed to complete the Genetics major, depending on how many credits of Research in Genetics are taken. Interested students should contact the Computational Genetics certificate program director, Dr. Derek Gordon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Courses Required for Certificate (in conjunction with other Genetics major requirements):


Department Course Number Name Credits
447 (Genetics) 203 or 302 or 303

Quant Biol and Bioinform
Computational Genetics

447 (Genetics) 406,407 Research in Genetics1,2 3,3/6,6 (H)
960 (Statistics) 379 Basic Probability1,3 3
960 (Statistics) 384 Intro to Stat Analysis3,4 3
198 (Comp. Sci.) 111 Intro to Comp Sci4 3
198 (Comp. Sci.) 112 Data Structures4 4

1 These courses satisfy Genetics Major requirements.

All Genetics majors are required to take at least 2 semesters (6-12 credits) of Research in Genetics. Students in the Computational Genetics certificate program shall do research in the lab of a Genetics department computational faculty member. Exceptions can be made with permission of the certificate director, upon review of a document describing the computational genetics components of the proposed research project.

3 Statistics 960:401 may be substituted for 960:384; 960:381 may be substituted for 960:379.

4 These courses may be used to fulfill the elective requirements of the Genetics major.


Prerequisites for Certificate Program:

  1. Undergraduate student declared to major in Genetics
  2. Have a minimum 3.2 GPA.
  3. Application interview with Dr. Derek Gordon (CCG Director).