Online Graduate Certificate in Biological Data Science

The graduate certificate in biological data science balances instruction in biology with quantitative methods. This biological data science certificate is ideal for students interested in working at the interface of life sciences, math, statistics and computing. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for careers in a wide range of fields, such as bioinformatics, environmental consulting and research data analysis.

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Next start date: 08/18/2022


Total classes: 5

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 15

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What is a biological data science graduate certificate?

The biological data science graduate certificate is designed for life scientists looking to gain a better grasp of large data sets, and data scientists seeking additional insight into the life sciences. Through the courses in this certificate, you’ll gain quantitative and computational skills in data science.

This data science certificate complements a variety of degrees, including:

What will I learn in a data science certificate?

 

In this graduate certificate in data science, you’ll learn from faculty who are passionate about bridging the gap between biology and data science. Through your biological data science courses, you’ll become proficient in:

  • Biological data analysis.
  • Experience with database technologies.
  • Programming in Python and R.
  • Writing Linux shell scripts for accessing high performance computing resources.
  • Writing scientific and statistical hypotheses.

After completing this graduate certificate in data science, you’ll have the foundation needed to enter a broad range of careers that require skills in analytical reasoning, computer programming and database design.

Why earn a graduate certificate in data science?

 

Through the biological data science certificate, you’ll fine-tune your data analysis skills. You’ll also be introduced to skills that can be applied to a variety of research domains, including: Business.

  • Economics.
  • Health.
  • Manufacturing.

Additionally, after completing this data science certificate, you’ll be prepared to enter one of the fastest growing job markets with related careers projected to grow as much as 25% from 2020 to 2030, which is much quicker than the average rate.*

*According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Will my biological data science certificate say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Courses for the graduate certificate in data science

This data science certificate is made up of the quantitative and computational courses required for the Master of Science in biological data science program. Courses include:


Core

Database Systems and Problem Solving in Python


Core

Statistics for Biological Data Science I


Core

Statistics for Biological Data Science II


Elective

Advanced Topics in Human Forensic DNA


Elective

Applied Mathematics Techniques in Biology


Elective

Data Wrangling


Elective

Integrative Biology I


Elective

Integrative Biology II


What careers can I pursue with a certificate in biological data science?

Through the biological data science certificate, you’ll develop the knowledge and skills needed to work with consulting firms and government agencies. You’ll also be prepared to continue your education. Relevant career fields include, but are not limited to:

Bioinformatics.

Data management and databases.

Data processing and hosting.

Environmental consulting.

Health care.

Marketing or advertising.

Research data analysis.

Learn biological data science from world renowned faculty

As an ASU Online student, you’ll get the New College experience from the same faculty who teach our courses on campus from anywhere in the world. Our faculty members are some of the brightest, most innovative academic minds in the world. Our areas of expertise include psychology, anthropology, geography, political science, cybersecurity, forensic science and more. Our mission is to create an environment that prepares students to take their place in the world using the skills they have learned to pursue careers that benefit their community.

Learn biological data science from world renowned faculty

As an ASU Online student, you’ll get the New College experience from the same faculty who teach our courses on campus from anywhere in the world. Our faculty members are some of the brightest, most innovative academic minds in the world. Our areas of expertise include psychology, anthropology, geography, political science, cybersecurity, forensic science and more. Our mission is to create an environment that prepares students to take their place in the world using the skills they have learned to pursue careers that benefit their community.

Admission requirements for the graduate certificate in biological data science

Biological data science graduate certificate applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

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Study with one of the leading colleges in the nation

ASU is a global university recognized for its commitment to innovation, research and high-quality academic programs. Our university has been recognized with peer-reviewed honors from U.S. News & World Report.

#1


in innovation for 7 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.

Top 10


best online bachelor’s programs.

Top 10%


best global universities.

80%


of graduates reported that their experiences at ASU inspired them to explore new career opportunities.

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Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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