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.

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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Drug Quality Fundamentals: Quality Control of Small Molecule Drugs and Biologics
October 25
This introductory course provides an overview of key drug quality concepts and standards for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Interactive lectures explore quality system and control process best practices in clinical development, drug manufacturing and for commercial products.

Medical Device Marketing
November 4
This course discusses how to market medical devices in a regulated environment. You will learn to decode FDA promotional compliance requirements, develop the claims needed for promotion during the product development process, and understand how marketing can help develop and commercialize medical devices.

Viruses, Vaccines and Gene Therapy
November 18
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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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:

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

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