Certificate Requirements

Students must take 18 credit hours; one to two courses (as specified) in each of the following four domains listed below, and at least one three-credit elective course from any domain.  A complete list of VCU course offerings can be found in the VCU Bulletin.

Required Courses

Biological Principles of Genomic Science (3 credits), one of:

  • BIOL 540 - Fundamentals of Molecular Genetics
  • BIOL 516 - Population Genetics
  • HGEN 501 - Introduction to Human Genetics

Data Analysis/Statistical Training (3 credits), one of:

  • BIOS 543 - Graduate Research Methods I
  • BIOS 572 - Analysis of Biomedical Data I
  • STAT 641 - Applied Data Analysis
  • HGEN 651 - Statistics for Genetic Studies I

Principles of Sequencing and Bioinformatics Analysis (3 credits), one of:

  • BIOS 567 - Statistical Methods for High-throughput Genomics Data I
  • BNFO 601 - Integrated Bioinformatics

Computational Principles and Software Tools (5-6 credits), two of:

Electives (3-4 credits):

Professional Training

  • BIOS 516 - Biostatistical Consulting (1 credit)

Biological Principles

Principles of Sequencing and Bioinformatics analysis

  • BNFO 653 - Advanced Molecular Genetics: Bioinformatics
  • CMSC 610 - Algorithmic Foundations of Bioinformatics
  • HGEN 603 - Mathematical and Statistical Genetics
  • BIOS 668 - Statistical Methods for High-throughput Genomic Data II

Data analysis/Statistical training:

  • BIOS 544 - Graduate Research Methods II
  • BIOS 573 - Analysis of Biomedical Data II
  • HGEN 652 - Statistics for Genetic Studies II

Statistical methodology training