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2 Semesters (8 Months)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Biological Sciences & Applied Chemistry

About the Program

Bioinformatics is a eight-month graduate certificate program and is the application of computer programming to management and analysis of biological information. Essential for examining how data from biological experiments can be used to generate critical information about gene sequence and function, protein structure, molecular evolution, drug testing and disease mechanisms. This emerging field requires individuals with a multi-disciplinary background in biology and computer science.

In this program, you will receive training in computer operating systems (UNIX, Windows), programming and scripting, data storage, management and analysis, computer applications used in this field and molecular biology laboratory techniques. This program features an independent group project where you display your knowledge and skills about the principles of bioinformatics.

Your Career

As a graduate of this program, you may pursue future career options, such as:

  • Bioinformatics technician
  • Bioinformatics scientist
  • Bioinformatics analyst
  • Pharmaceutical laboratory associate

Related Careers


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Computer operating systems (Unix, Windows)
  • Programming, scripting and coding (Perl, HTML, Java)
  • Data storage, management and analysis (Oracle, SQL)
  • Molecular biology laboratory techniques
  • Use software to address issues
  • Use molecular biology techniques to generate data