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University Catalog 2015-2016 (Final Quarter Catalog) 
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Graduate Certificate Program in Biotechnology

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This post-baccalaureate credit certificate program provides intensive theoretical and laboratory training in the techniques and application of genetic engineering and related technologies. The program is designed to prepare students for employment in industrial or academic research positions or for advanced study in molecular biology. Courses taken to fulfill certificate requirements may also be applied toward the master’s degree in biology.

The certificate program requires completion of a minimum of 26 units, taken in postbaccalaureate or graduate standing, of which 19 are in required courses and seven or more are in electives. Refer to General Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Information  for general information governing all certificate programs.

Prerequisites for Admission to the Program:

Admission, in classified graduate standing, to the Department of Biological Sciences or the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Completion with a B (3.0) grade point average or higher, of the following courses or equivalents:


As space is available, students who have not completed these prerequisites may be admitted to a core course (see below) with the consent of the instructor, but award of the certificate is contingent upon completion of all prerequisites for the program. Students who have had neither a laboratory course in nor employment experience with sterile microbiological techniques must complete MICR 202  (Microbiology Laboratory for Health-Related Sciences–2 units) during their first quarter in the certificate program.

Requirements for the Certificate (minimum 26 units)

U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment Disclosure

Program: Biotechnology
Occupations that this certificate program prepares students to enter:
-Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians; SOC Code 29-2010;
-Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists; SOC Code 29-2011;
-Animal Scientists; SOC Code 19-1011;
-Food Scientists and Technologists; SOC Code 19-1012;
-Soil and Plant Scientists; SOC Code 19-1013;
-Biological Scientists; SOC Code 19-1020;
-Biochemists and Biophysicists; SOC Code 19-1021;
-Microbiologists; SOC Code 19-1022;
-Life Scientists, All Other; SOC Code 19-1099;
-Chemists and Materials Scientists; SOC Code 19-2030;
-Agricultural and Food Science Technicians; SOC Code 19-4011;
-Biological Technicians; SOC Code 19-4021;
-Chemical Technicians; SOC Code 19-4031;
-Miscellaneous Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians; SOC Code 19-4099:
-Forensic Science Technicians; SOC Code 19-4092;
-Molecular and Cellular Biologists; SOC Code 19-1029.02;
-Geneticists; SOC Code 19-1029.03;
-Chemists; SOC Code 19-2031;
-Medical Scientists; SOC Code 19-1042;
On-time graduation rate for students completing this program:
No completions by non-degree seeking students in 2009-10
Costs of Attendance for the entire normal duration (four quarters, at two courses per quarter) of this certificate program:
Tuition and Fees: $7,435
Books and Supplies: $2,184
Median loan debt incurred by students who completed this certificate program:
The job placement rate for students completing the program:
Data not available.

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