Certificate Program

Certificates may be earned by regularly matriculated or extended learning students and denote successful completion of a prescribed program of study designed to a) impart specified professional/vocational/career competencies; or b) produce mastery of the content of a sub-field of an academic major (discipline); or c) provide exposure to the range of materials in a traditional or emerging interdisciplinary field. Certain certificate programs contain 600-level courses as requirements and/or electives. These 600-level courses may not be taken by undergraduate students. Candidates must receive two-thirds of their certificate-applicable credit from the university. The transferring of credit or the substitution of courses may occur only after application to the appropriate campus authority. See Page 60 for additional certificate information.

Certificate in Biotechnology

Admission to the Program

  1. One of the following:
    1. Completion of the following core program of courses for students majoring in biology, chemistry or biochemistry:
      • BIOL 200. Biology of the Cell
      • BIOL 201. Biology of Organisms
      • BIOL 202. Biology of Populations
      • BIOL 300. Cell Physiology
      • BIOL 423. Genetics
      • CHEM 215. General Chemistry I: Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding
      • CHEM 216. General Chemistry II: Principles of Chemical Reactions
      • CHEM 221A. Organic Chemistry I: Lecture
      • CHEM 222A. Organic Chemistry II: Lecture
      • CHEM 223A. Organic Chemistry III: Lecture
    2. Completion of a B.A. or B.S. in Biology, Chemistry or Biochemistry at this university, or equivalent.

Certificate Requirements (28 units)

  1. BIOL 400. Molecular Biology (5)
  2. BIOL 502. Genetic Engineering (4)
  3. BIOL 592. Recombinant DNA Techniques (4)
  4. A minimum of 15 units chosen from:
    • BIOL 320. Microorganisms (6)
    • BIOL 573. Immunology (5)
    • BIOL 575. Internship in Biology (2)
    • BIOL 590A. Senior Seminar: Molecular (2)
    • BIOL 596. Independent Research (2) (with a grade of "B" or better)
    • CHEM 436A. Biochemistry I: Lecture (4)
    • CHEM 436B. Biochemistry I: Laboratory (1)
    • CHEM 437A. Biochemistry II: Lecture (3)
    • CHEM 437B. Biochemistry II: Laboratory (1)
    • CHEM 438A. Biochemistry III: Lecture (3)
    • CHEM 438B. Biochemistry III: Laboratory (1)

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