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Graduate Degree Programs

Applied Bioinformatics

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Istvan Albert, BMB
W237 Millennium Science Center
Telephone: (814) 865-2281

Students will gain an understanding of genomic sequencing and learn how to analyze and interpret genomic data in the context of cellular behavior and activity. Genomic sequencing has an impact on all of the sciences, and access to this new type of information has fundamentally altered biology and it now demands that life scientists become familiar with computational and statistical concepts. The 11-credit curriculum includes 9 credits of core BMMB courses plus 3 credits of STAT. To earn the certificate, students must have achieved a B (3.0) average in all courses, receiving no grade lower than a C in any course.

Admission Requirements:

Applied Bioinformatics is a computationally heavy science that requires both computer and internet access to understand and practice the concepts presented in the coursework. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and an eagerness to learn about the latest scientific developments of the genomic era.

Applicants must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.

The language of instruction at Penn State is English. All international applicants must take and submit scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), with the exceptions noted below. The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 550 for the paper-based test, or a total score of 80 with a 19 on the speaking section for the internet-based test (iBT). Applicants with iBT speaking scores between 15 and 18 may be considered for provisional admission, which requires completion of specified remedial English courses ESL 114G (American Oral English for Academic Purposes) and/or ESL 116G (ESL/Composition for Academic Disciplines) and attainment of a grade of B or higher. The minimum acceptable composite score for the IELTS is 6.5.

International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement who have received a baccalaureate or a graduate degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the United States, and Wales.

Required Courses

BMMB 551/IBIOS 551, Genomics (3)
BMMB 554/IBIOS 554, Foundations in Data Driven Life Sciences (3)
BMMB 852, Applied Bioinformatics(2)
STAT 555/BIOL 555/IBIOS 555, Statistical Analysis of Genomics Data (3)

Effective Semester: Spring 2015

Expiration Semester: Fall 2019



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