Certificate in Biotechnology

The Certificate in Biotechnology program is designed to allow students who are pursuing an undergraduate major in biology or biochemistry to learn the theoretical basis, principles, and current applications of biotechnology. An integral part of the program is a supervised internship to be served in a Bay Area biotechnology company laboratory. Laboratory-oriented students will find an expanding demand for their skills upon completion of the program both in the Bay Area and nationwide.

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses, and be prepared to provide copies of transcripts demonstrating completion of prerequisites.

Biotechnology, Certificate — 34–39 Units

Prerequisites (20 Units)

BIOL 355Genetics3
BIOL 401General Microbiology3
BIOL 402GWGeneral Microbiology Laboratory - GWAR3
BIOL 442Microbial Physiology3
BIOL 443Microbial Physiology Laboratory2
CHEM 340Biochemistry I3
CHEM 341Biochemistry II3

Required Courses (6 Units)

At least one course must be selected, on advisement, from each of the following areas:

BIOL 694Cooperative Internship in Biology (to be taken in final semester)3
CHEM 343Biochemistry I Laboratory3

Elective Courses (8–13 Units)

Select 2 lecture and 2 laboratory courses from the following:
BIOL 350
Cell Biology
and Experiments in Cell and Molecular Biology - GWAR
BIOL 357Molecular Genetics3
BIOL 420General Virology3
BIOL 430Medical Microbiology3
BIOL 431Medical Microbiology Laboratory2
BIOL 435
BIOL 436
and Immunology Laboratory
BIOL 781Biomedical Virology Foundations3
BIOL 803Core Concepts of Biotechnology3