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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)

  • BIOL 110L: Principles of Biology I with Lab or BIOL 112 Perspectives of Biology I with lab
  • BIOL 111L: Principles of Biology II with Lab or BIOL 113 Perspectives of Biology II with lab
  • BIOL 198: Principles of Genetics
  • BIOL 250L: Introduction to Biochemistry with lab

Computer Technology Course Requirement (1 course)

Select from the following:

  • BIOL 208:  Introduction to Programming for Biologists
  • CSC 161: Introduction to Programming
  • CSC 171: Introduction to Computer Science
  • 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)
  • BIOL 268: Laboratory in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Select one from group 'B' listing

  • BCH 308: Biochemistry Laboratory (prerequisite BIOL/BCH 250)
  • MBI 221W: Microbiology Laboratory (co-requisite MBI 220)
  • BIOL 268: Laboratory in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
  • ####395:  Independent Research 4 credits (Bio Sci Prefixs:  BIOL, BCH, NSCI, INTD, MBI, PHP) with Advisor Approval 

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.