Jun 20, 2024  
Graduate Catalog | 2022-2023 
Graduate Catalog | 2022-2023 Previous Edition

Bioinformatics Applications, Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics Applications trains students in the application of established bioinformatics methods for analysis of biological sequence, structure, and genomic data. The certificate requires twelve (12) credit hours of coursework. The certificate may be pursued concurrently with a related graduate degree program at UNC Charlotte or as a standalone program.

Admission Requirements

For admission into the certificate program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in a life science discipline, that includes advanced coursework in molecular biology and genetics.
  2. Practical experience and confidence with computers, for instance use of common web browsers, word processing, plotting, and spreadsheet applications.

Early Entry Program

Exceptional undergraduate students at UNC Charlotte may apply for the Early Entry Program and begin work toward the graduate degree before completion of the baccalaureate degree.  See the Undergraduate Catalog for details and requirements.  Also see the Degree Requirements and Academic Policies  section of the Graduate Catalog for more information about Early Entry Programs.

Certificate Requirements

Required Courses (6 credit hours)

Students take the following courses that introduce core methods for analysis of molecular biological data:

Total = 12 Credit Hours


If a student wishes to enter the program having completed coursework that is equivalent to one or more of the core requirements, the requirements may be waived at the discretion of the certificate coordinator.  In this case, the required 12 credit hours may be selected from other advanced graduate courses offered by the Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics.

Transfer credit may not be applied toward this certificate.

It is suggested that students in the Graduate Certificate Program arrange formal co-mentorship by a Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics faculty member, if the student is concurrently enrolled in another thesis-based degree program on campus and intends to extend or enable their thesis research through the application of bioinformatics methods.