Undergraduate Program

Certificate and Clusters

Biotechnology Certificate

Biotechnology is the use of biological processes, systems, or organisms for technological, industrial, or manufacturing purposes. With the continued steady growth in biotechnology and medical research, a certificate in biotechnology can give students a competitive edge in graduate school or your career.

Students intending to pursue the biotechnology certificate should meet with the UPBM administrator, Marianne Arcoraci, to create an academic plan before meeting with the academic advisor for the certificate. Visit UPBM Booking Site to select a meeting time. 

Biology Course Requirements (4 courses)

Computer Technology Course Requirement (1 course)

Select from the following:

Microbiology Course Requirement (1 course)

Laboratory Requirements (2 courses)

Select one from group 'A' listing:

Select one from group 'B' listing:

NOTE: Courses with S/F grades may not be applied to the biotechnology certificate.


The department offers two clusters, both in the natural sciences academic division.

Biological Principles (N1BIO002)

This cluster provides students with an overview of the principles of biology.

Understanding the Biological World (N1BIO003)

This cluster specifically targets humanities and social sciences majors with no pre-med interests who would like to develop a working knowledge of biology.