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 Spring 2016

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Next Generation DNA Sequencing: Methods and Applications
May 7—June 11

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

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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Clinical Trials Career Opportunities Info Session

Looking for career opportunities in clinical trials? You’re in luck. Quintiles offers an accelerated development job training and practicum program designed for clinical research associates with a minimum of two years experience.

Join us for a free Clinical Trials Career Opportunities Info Session on June 22 from 6 pm to meet company representatives and learn more about their competitive program. Bring your resume and dress professionally--because who knows, this event could take you one step closer to your next job.

What Students Say: Bioscience

Eleonora Migliore, Biotechnology

Eleonora Migliore

"The Biotechnology program was a very good starting point for me in the Bay Area.”

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Is a Bioscience Certificate in Your Future?

Are you just a few courses away from earning a Bioscience Certificate? Contact us today for assistance developing a personalized plan to fast-track your educational and career goals.