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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)

  • BIO 110: Principles of Biology I or BIO 112 Perspectives of Biology I
  • BIO 111: Principles of Biology II or BIO 113 Perspectives of Biology II
  • BIO 198: Principles of Genetics
  • BIO/BCH 250: Biochemistry

Computer Technology Course Requirement (1 course)

Select from the following:

  • CSC 161: The Art of Programming
  • CSC 170: Introductory Computer Programming (applicable to certificate if already taken)
  • CSC 171: Computer Programming
  • ECE 114: Introduction to Computers and Programming
  • Approved equivalent

Microbiology Course Requirement (1 course)

  • MBI 220: Introduction to Microbiology

Laboratory Requirements (2 courses)

Select one from group 'A' listing:

  • MBI 221W: Microbiology Laboratory (co-requisite MBI 220)
  • BIO 268: Laboratory in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Select one from group 'B' listing:

  • ###395:  Independent Research (Bio Sci Prefixs:  BIO, BCH, BNS, IND, MBI, PHP) - Recommended
  • BCH 208: Biochemistry Laboratory (prerequisite BIO/BCH 250)
  • MBI 221W: Microbiology Laboratory (co-requisite MBI 220)
  • BIO 268: Laboratory in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

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




Clusters

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.