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Undergraduate Programs

Certificate in Biotechnology (code BIOLCT01)

Biotechnology refers to a process which ultimately yields a product that can be loosely subdivided into five categories; biological organisms with novel traits, DNAs, RNAs, proteins, and compounds. The certificate may be earned in conjunction with or subsequent to a baccalaureate degree. Courses offered for the certificate may be used to satisfy, as appropriate, major or minor requirements.

Prerequisites for Admission

Completion of the following courses with a grade of "C" or better (or consent of the biotechnology certificate program director): CHEM 111A,B; CHEM 320A,B or CHEM 322A,B and 323A,B; CHEM 441A,B; BIOL 340; BIOL 370; MICR 211.

The following courses do not meet any specific or elective requirments for this certificate: BIOL 100, 153, 153L, 200, 200L, 205, 205L, 207, 208; MICR 101 and 200.


  • 1. A baccalaureate degree (can be concurrent);
  • 2. Completion of prerequisites;
  • 3. Approval by the program director;
  • 4. Completion of the core curriculum:
    • BIOL 473/573 Molecular Genetics (3)
    • BIOL 477/577 Biotechnology: Applications of Molecular Techniques and Bioinformatics (4)
    • BIOL 480/580 Seminars (1)
    • NSCI 492 Internships In Natural Science (3)
    • Take an additional 3 units selected in consultation with program director;
  • 5. Completion of 3 units consisting of an approved research project in biotechnology to be taken from one or more of the following:
    • BIOL 496; CHEM 496; or MICR 496 (undergraduate students); BIOL 697; CHEM 697; or MICR 697 (graduate students);
  • 6. BIOL 301, 304, 308 and MICR 300I do not meet any specific or elective requirements for this certificate.
  • 7. Total 17 units required .

Concurrent and/or Summer Enrollment in Another College

Students who wish to take coursework in a community or another college to meet curricular requirements while enrolled as undergraduates in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics must petition the appropriate department for prior approval to enroll in specific courses. This policy applies to concurrent enrollment or summer enrollment. University policy must also be met; see 'Concurrent Enrollment' and 'Transfer of Undergraduate Credit' in this Catalog. Courses not receiving prior approval will not be accepted for credit by the department.

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