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MS Minor in Statistical Genomics and Genetics

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus - Aurora, CO

There is a new minor within the Biostatistics MS degree program in Statistical Genomics and Genetics, which is a special designation for students pursuing an MS in Biostatistics.​  A "minor" is a small, optional grouping of courses designed to provide context for the MS degree on a certain topic.

This topic has become very popular within the field of biostatistics and a strength in our program. In the last 10 years, we have had over 15 students who have specialized in this research area, but without formal recognition. With this new minor, students pursing the MS Biostatistics program will have an official designation for the minor, which will help with employment and other opportunities.


MS students and PhD students who are in the process of obtaining a MS degree are eligible. It is best to plan out the minor starting the first year to ensure timely graduation.


  1. Take 8 credits of electives from a list of courses related to statistical genetics/genomics. At most 4 credits may be from an outside department. These 8 credits are 3 more than the 5 required for the MS, due to the additional minor requirements.
  2. Write a thesis or publishable paper with a focus on Statistical Genomics and Genetics.


The Biostatistics MS degree is designed to be completed in two academic years. Although the minor requires three additional credits for the specialization, the degree can still be completed within two years assuming students take courses over the summer. See an example timeline below (individual cases and offerings every year will vary).

Year 1 Fall

BIOS 6611 (3 credits)

BIOS 6631 (3 credits)

BIOS 6621 (1 credit)

CSPH Required PH (1 credit)

Year 1 Spring

BIOS 6612 (3 credits)

BIOS 6632 (3 credits)

BIOS 6622 (1 credit)

MS Minor Elective (1-4 credits)

Year 1 Summer

PUBH 6600 (2 credits)

Year 2 Fall

BIOS 6624 (3 credits)

BIOS 6643 (3 credits)

MS Minor Elective (1-4 credits)

Year 2 Spring

MS Minor Elective (1-4 credits)

EPID 6630 (3 credits)

MS Thesis/Research Paper (2 credits)

Year 2 Summer

MS Thesis/Research Paper (2 credits)

List of currently accepted classes for electives:
Course Number Course Title Credits Course Director​ Delivery Method​
BIOS 66402 R for Data Science 2 Ghosh Inclass - variable term & years
BIOS 66422 Introduction to Python Programming 2 Zhang Inclass - variable term & years
BIOS 6660 Analysis of Biomedical Big Data Using R and Bioconductor 3 Team Inclass - variable term & years
BIOS 7659 Statistical Methods in Genomics 3 Kechris Inclass - variable term & years
MATH 7826 Topics in Probability and Statistics: Methods in Statistical Genetics 3 Santorico & Hendricks Inclass - variable term & years
EPID 76401 Genetic Epidemiolo​gy 2 Norris Inclass - variable term & years
CPBS 76301 Computational Methods for Addressing Big Data Challenges in Biomedicine I 3 Costello Inclass - variable term & years
CPBS 77111 Methods and Tools in Biomedical Informatics 4 Hunter Inclass - every fall
HMGP 76001 Graduate Survey of Human Genetics 3 Evans Inclass - every spring
HMGP 76101 Topics in Human Genetics 3 Evans/Shaikh Inclass - every fall
HMGP 76201 Advanced Genome Analysis 2 Evans/Sikela Inclass - every fall
MOLB 79001 2 R for Bioinformatics 2 Mukherjee/Jagannathan Inclass - variable term & years
MOLB 79501 2 Python for Bioinformatics 2 Taliaferro/Ramachandran Inclass - variable term & years

1At most 4 credits can be taken from an outside program
2 Only one programming course may be taken

Not all courses above are offered every year, for academic year 2019-2020, here are the possible options:

Fall 2019
  • BIOS 66402 (2 credits) R for Data Science
  • HMGP 76001 (3 credits) Topics in Human Genetics
  • HMGP 76201 (2 credits) Advanced Genome Analysis
Spring 2020
  • BIOS 66422 (2 credits) Introduction to Python Programming
  • HMGP 76001 (3 credits) Graduate Survey of Human Genetics
  • MOLB 79001 2 (2 credits) R for Bioinformatics
  • MOLB 79501 2 (2 credits) Python for Bioinformatics

1At most 4 credits can be taken from an outside program
2 Only one programming course may be taken

Please confirm with the program directors about your schedule and minor electives!​​

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