Biosciences Lab TechnicianUCSC Extension offers a full complement of bioscience programs and courses designed to meet the needs of Bay Area companies and industry professionals.

Taught by experts from Silicon Valley's thriving biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device sectors, our courses offer participants the knowledge base, industry perspectives and important connections needed to enhance careers and expand opportunities.

Whether you are interested in the scientific, clinical, computational or regulatory aspects of the bioscience field, studying at UCSC Extension will help you excel in this dynamic industry.

Special Event!

Join the RAPS San Francisco Bay Area Chapter for an opportunity to network with RA/QA colleagues and interact with recruiters from local medical device and biotech companies.

RAPS Career Development and Networking Event
Wednesday, September 10
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Considering a career in medicine?

Medical schools recommend that applicants study advanced topics in biosciences as they relate to health and disease. At UCSC Extension, we offer a variety of courses that fulfill the suggested electives for medical, dental, and veterinary colleges. Check out the available options in our Pre-Health Professions program.

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Hot Topics

Medical Device Verification and Validation
September 8
In this course, participants review relevant regulatory terminology and learn how to implement a robust and cost-effective medical device verification and validation program.

Computational Biology with Java
September 11
This introduction to computational biology with Java programming will prepare you to tackle biological software problems and begins with a review of Java programming.

Medical Writing
September 12
This hands-on course builds the practical skills needed to write effective documents for the bioscience industry.

Biology of Cancer
September 16
This course explores the basic biology of cancer, including the key cellular processes and players, whose alteration leads to uncontrolled cell proliferation.

Stanford Clinical Research Internship Opportunities for Extension Students

Through a special arrangement, qualifying graduates from our Clinical Trials Design & Management Certificate Program may bring their course work to life and gain valuable experience in a clinical research setting at Stanford University. Space is limited. If you'd like to apply, contact our staff at (408) 861-3862 or email

What Students Say:

Ramesh Aacharya, Clinical Trials

Ramesh Aacharya

"All the courses in this program offer a very good foundation in clinical trials."

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Is a Bioscience Certificate in Your Future?

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