• Application Deadline
  • 56 days
  • English


Gene sequences and the rest of the genome play an important role in determining how an organism functions normally and reacts when situations change. DNA sequences can also be used to determine relationships between organisms and form the underpinnings of the Tree of Life.

The DNA Sequences - Alignments and Analysis course is part of the Bioinformatics MicroMasters Program from the University of Maryland University College - UMUCx.

Since DNA sequences play such an important role in any organism it should not be surprising that any changes to a sequence could lead to alterations in behavior or response. For example, a small number of specific changes in DNA sequence have been shown to lead to tumor development in mammals or the production of enzymes with altered properties.

One of the jobs of a bioinformatician is to help determine where these changes are in a DNA sequence and sort out in that context what effects may result, which is usually done by aligning the sequences in question.

In this course, part of the Bioinformatics MicroMasters program, you will learn about the theory and algorithms behind DNA alignments, practice doing alignments manually, and then perform more complicated alignments using web and software based approaches.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 56 days
    • Intensity 8 hrs/week
    • Duration description

      8 weeks 8-10 hours per week

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

What you'll learn:

  • Synthesize and analyze biological big data
  • Theory behind alignment algorithms and how they operate
  • Examine the roles mutations play on cellular processes


  • Dr. James Coker - Associate Professor and Program Chair, Bioinformatics and Biotechnology Regulatory Affairs Specialization

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.


Academic Requirements

  • Undergraduate biology

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    249 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 249 USD for the full programme and a duration of 56 days.
  • National Applies to you

    249 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 249 USD for the full programme and a duration of 56 days.
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