UCSC 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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Computational Biology with Java
This introduction to computational biology with Java programming will prepare you to tackle biological software problems and begins with a review of Java programming.
This hands-on course builds the practical skills needed to write effective documents for the bioscience industry.
Biology of Cancer
This course explores the basic biology of cancer, including the key cellular processes and players, whose alteration leads to uncontrolled cell proliferation.
Design Control for Medical Devices
This course provides a practical understanding of the engineering value of design control throughout the product lifecycle as it pertains to product quality.
Drug Quality Fundamentals: Quality Control of Small Molecule Drugs and Biologics
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
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
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.
Online Courses Offered This Fall
All the Online courses listed below will begin on September 9 and end on December 11. Enrollments are accepted through October 31 unless noted.
- Adverse Event and Medication Coding: An Introduction to MedDRA® and WHO-Drug
- Biomedical Ethics Enrollment deadline is September 9.
- Clinical Research: The Study Site Perspective
- Cellular Biology
- DNA Microarrays: Principles, Applications and Data Analysis
- Statistical Analysis and Modeling for Bioinformatics and Biomedical Applications
- Toxicology Basics for Biotechnology
Biosciences Info Sessions
Biosciences Program Presentation: Biotechnology and Bioinformatics
Wednesday, January 7
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Clinical Trials, Regulatory Affairs, and Medical Device Program Presentation
Wednesday, January 14
6:00pm - 8:30pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.