Biology, Computing Science
The Applied Bioinformatics certificate is a 28-credit program designed to be completed concurrently by students completing a Bachelor of Science with a Biology major. Students completing a Computing Science major may also be interested in the program, and if so, should consider taking the Biology minor. In most cases, completion of the certificate will require a minimum of one additional semester of course work.
Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field with a central focus on using large datasets, together with an array of computational and statistical methods, to gain insight into biological questions. The rapid increase in available data and advances in computing power will mean an increased demand for people with the skills to process data, perform analysis, and interpret results in biological terms.
The program is designed to provide students with a strong background in genomics, including the study of methods to obtain, assemble, and annotate genomic sequences. Students will also gain the skills necessary to create advanced databases, algorithms, and computational and statistical techniques to allow for the efficient study of large sets of biosequences, and functional, structural, and evolutionary relatedness of genes or species.
Applicants must meet the following before admission to the program:
Students who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies.
Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall, Winter, and Summer semesters. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.
See the Fees and Other Costs section. Books and additional supplies will normally cost $75 to
$150 per course. There may be some additional recommended and mandatory costs in Computing
Science courses, above tuition and textbook costs. These may include training manuals, software,
and hardware costs. These expenses will vary from year to year. Students are responsible for costs associated with travel to and from Field Placement sites.
The certificate requires 28 credits. 14 of these credits can be completed as part of a BSc program. The remaining credits can usually be completed within one semester, although some students may need two semesters to complete all requirements.
All courses are offered in Abbotsford. Some courses may be offered in the evening for people working full-time who wish to take courses on a part-time basis.
|STAT 106||Statistics I|
|STAT 270||Introduction to Probability and Statistics|
|COMP 150||Introduction to Programming|
|COMP 152||Introduction to Structured Programming|
|COMP 155||Object-oriented Programming|
|BIO 202||Cell Signaling/Gene Regulation||4|
|COMP 230||Databases and Database Management Systems||3|
|BIO 333||Bioinformatics I||3|
|BIO 433||Bioinformatics II||3|
Note: Students taking the Bioinformatics certificate should ensure they complete any additional
prerequisites needed for the courses above as part of their Bachelor of Science program.
Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or above) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV’s Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).
At least 14 credits used towards the certificate requirements must be completed at UFV.
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.