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  Mar 22, 2023
2009-2010 Catalog [Aug. 2009-Aug. 2010] 
2009-2010 Catalog [Aug. 2009-Aug. 2010] [Archived Catalog]

Bioinformatics (4100)

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Advanced Technical Certificate

The goal of the advanced technical certificate in Bioinformatics is to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to support the data systems employed by companies pursuing bioinformatics. While this program is primarily designed for students who have completed the Database Technology A.S. or A.A.S. degree, students from other degree programs can benefit from the course offerings. The program includes a set of five core classes that present the fundamentals of biotechnology and bioinformatics through lecture and laboratory exercises. Students may then choose from a pool of electives to best meet their individual educational and career goals.

Students entering this program must have completed at least a two-year degree in a computer-related field and have fulfilled all prerequisites to courses in the certificate program.

Career Opportunities, Rapid Placement

Bioinformatics professionals are needed in law enforcement forensics, DNA analysis, biotechnical research, medical and pharmaceutical research. Jacksonville has a good number of organizations using bioinformatics, including Mayo Clinic, Shands Jacksonville and Xomed. There is currently an estimated shortage of 200,000 bioinformatics professionals in the United States and this figure is growing. A Florida State College intranet site posts jobs targeting our students. You may also post your resume and receive e-mails about job-related topics.

Application Procedure

Students entering this program must have completed at least a two-year degree in a computer-related field and have fulfilled all prerequisites to courses in the certificate program.

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Total Credit Hours: 24

Suggested Electives

The following are suggested electives from courses listed above based on experience:

Students with database experience

Students with programming experience

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded a technical certificate, students must have met the following requirements.

  1. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on all courses attempted at Florida State College.
  2. Completed the required courses as set forth in the College catalog or as approved by the assistant dean of the area.
  3. Students who place into college preparatory courses are required to complete designated college preparatory courses with a grade of “C” or better regardless of program of study.
  4. Completed at least one–fourth of the total hours required for a certificate in residence at Florida State College. Before students may graduate, they must have fulfilled all financial obligations to the College.

Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.

  1. Graduation dates will be the date at the end of the College term in which students complete the academic requirements for the degree or certificate for which they are applicants. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates, since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  2. If students expect to complete the coursework under the terms of the catalog in effect during the term of their first registration, they must graduate within five years or they will need to be reassigned to an active catalog. Accordingly, students who enter under this catalog (2009/2010) must graduate by the end of the Summer Term 2014, or they will be required to consult with their academic program to determine the appropriate active catalog placement. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.

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