​Bioinformatics programs cover an interdisciplinary science that combines biology with computer science and programming courses. Bioinformaticians are knowledgeable in methods for acquiring scientific results and applying computational approaches in jobs such as bioinformatics programmers, genomics technicians.  Employment can be found in the pharmaceutical sector, biotechnology companies, research facilities, and academic institutions.

Bioinformatics programs may be offered in collaboration with a Computer Science Department. Courses may include:

  • Introduction to Bioinformatics and Genomics 
  • Introduction to Programming 
  • Website Development
  • Introduction to Java Programming
  • Relational Database coding
  • Oracle/SQL Scripting with Perl or Python
  • Networking Operations
  • Advanced Programming

Bioinformatics certificate programs may vary by the number of credit hours and may emphasize different topics depending on the college.  For example, Alamance Community College offers a certificate program in Bioinformatics (13 credits) with following courses:

  • Basic Laboratory Techniques
  • Introduction to Programming and Logic
  • Database Theory/Analysis
  • Introduction to Data Science Programming

Bluegrass Community College offers a 2 semester certificate program in Bioinformatics (28 credits) with following courses:

  • BTN 101 Introduction to Biotechnology
  • BTN 201 Biotechnology Techniques I
  • BTN 202 Biotechnology Techniques II
  • CIT 149 Java I
  • INF 282 Introduction to Databases
  • BTN 105 Laboratory Calculations
  • BTN 125 Bioinformatics I
  • BTN 126 Bioinformatics II
  • CIT 249 Java II
  • IMD 133 Beginning Web Design