Biotechnology Certificate Program
The Biotechnology Certificate Program (BCP) is a competitive, limited enrollment program emphasizing close supervision and instruction in current theoretical and practical training in molecular life sciences. It was established in 1986 to meet the personnel requirements of the rapidly expanding Bay Area biotechnology industry.
Each course within this program is ten weeks in length, and most courses have a minimum of 60 hours of hands-on training. The current curriculum was designed after extensive consultation with representatives from academic and commercial laboratories in biotechnology.
The Program is staffed by research faculty from the Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry. The majority of the BCP faculty have active externally-funded research programs in the molecular life sciences.
Application to the Program generally requires a baccalaureate degree in biology or chemistry, including completion of the following prerequisites:
- Microbiology (with laboratory)
- Genetics (within the last 3 years)
- Cell or Molecular Biology (within the last 3 years)
Applicants must apply to the Biotechnology Certificate Program. Application material is available from the Department of Biological Sciences. A University application is due by April 15 and a completed Departmental application by May 1. Students wishing to pursue an M.S. in Biological Science can apply the Biotechnology courses to the M.S. in Biological Science. If you wish to pursue the M.S., you must apply to both the Masters and Biotechnology Certificate program at the same time.
The 34-unit Biotechnology Certificate
Program is designed to be completed in a typical academic year of three quarters.
PCR, DNA Sequencing and Fragment Analysis I
Introduction to Bioinformatics
Cell & Molecular Biology
Cell & Molecular Biology II
Protein Chemistry Techniques
Cell Culture Techniques
Advanced Molecular Techniques
For Further Information
Department of Biological Sciences
Science Building North 429
Department Office: 510-885-3471
Dr. Chris Baysdorfer
Dr. Claudia Uhde-Stone