Biosciences

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.

Online Courses Offered This Spring

Hot Topics

Viruses, Vaccines and Gene Therapy
September 1—October 6

Interactive case studies and Web-supplemented lessons drive our exploration of the interplay of viruses with their cellular hosts. Building on these foundations, we examine salient topics in vaccines, gene therapy and therapeutic viruses. Pertinent and real issues relevant to the biopharmaceutical industry are also discussed.
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Next Generation DNA Sequencing: Methods and Applications
October 3—31

Next Generation DNA Sequencing (NGS) has made it possible to sequence a human genome at an incredibly low cost, vastly expanding the potential applications of genomics in cancer diagnostics, pathogen identification, forensic human identification and genetic disease diagnosis. This course begins with the basics of this revolutionary process and then delves into specific applications of NGS in research and clinical settings.
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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 extensionbioscience@ucsc.edu.

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.

Contact extensionbioscience@ucsc.edu for more information.

What Students Say: Bioscience

Alexandra Steinberg, Clinical Trials

Alexandra Steinberg

“When I started my career in the USA, the classes completed the whole puzzle for me, combining my medical knowledge and PhD experience with operational and regulatory side of conducting clinical trials in pharmaceutical industry.”

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