Biotechnology Undergraduate Certificate

The university offers an undergraduate certificate program for biology majors who are interested in careers in biotechnology including biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, cell biology, and developmental biology. To earn the certificate, biology majors must enroll in the Biotechnology Certificate Program upon the completion of 60 credit hours, fulfill all the science (biology, chemistry math, and physics) course requirements for the B.S. degree in biology, and successfully complete the following courses:

BIOL 2013Genetics Laboratory2
BIOL 2482Microbiology3
BIOL 2483Microbiology Laboratory2
CHEM 2622Organic Chemistry II3
BIOL 4614Biotechnology Laboratory I4
BIOL/CHEM 4712Biochemistry3
BIOL 4602Molecular Biology3
or BIOL 4612 Molecular Genetics of Bacteria
BIOL 4713Techniques in Biochemistry2
or CHEM 4733 Biochemistry Laboratory
Select one of the following:3-4
Biotechnology Laboratory II
Cellular Basis of Disease
Nucleic Acid Structure and Function
Virology
Immunobiology
Advanced Biochemistry
Total Hours25-26

Biotechnology Certificate

The Biotechnology certificate is combined with a biology major, and in addition to the outcomes for the biology major, the following outcomes for the Biotechnology certificate are expected:

Integrative knowledge

The student will be able to understand and evaluate the principles and concepts from the disciplines of cell biology, microbiology, genetics, molecular biology and recombinant DNA technology.

Enhanced laboratory skills
Students will be proficient with the skills required in the areas of cloning, recombinant DNA technology and genetic engineering including the operation of equipment and instruments commonly used in modern biotechnology.