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Understanding the building blocks of life, DNA and RNA, is a fundamental scientific goal. Significant progress in this area has been enabled by the development of high-throughput sequencing technologies and computational algorithms, which have provided the ability to interrogate the genomes of organisms across the entire tree of life. The emergence of genomics as a scientific discipline has fundamentally changed the way we view the natural world and has impacted studies on the environment, biodiversity, human diseases, and species evolution.

The generation, analysis, and interpretation of DNA and RNA sequencing data lie at the intersection of the biological and computer sciences. Historically, obtaining proficiency in genomics and bioinformatics required multiple degrees or self-directed learning.  At UCF, the Genomics and Bioinformatics Cluster, a collection of researchers from Biology, Computer Science, and Biomedical Sciences, has developed a Minor degree in Genomics and Bioinformatics in collaboration with Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Undergraduate Studies. This program trains undergraduates in the fundamental theory, methodologies, and applications of genomics and prepares students for graduate school or careers in industry. This Minor degree is open to all undergraduate students at UCF.  With the exponentially increasing wealth of genomic data currently being generated, there is a high demand for individuals who can analyze, interpret, and translate these data.

Additional details on the program can be found here.

Contact information:

Genomics and Bioinformatics Minor Program

College of Undergraduate Studies

Office of Interdisciplinary Studies

Trevor Colbourn Hall (TCH), 239

Phone: 407-823-0144

Email: [email protected]