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.

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Offered only once a year in Winter Quarter
Clinical Trials Essentials: An Intensive One-Week Course 
March 9 - 13
Well-planned and well-executed clinical trials are the cornerstones of effective drug and medical device development. Offered in an accelerated format and taught by leaders in the biopharmaceutical industry, this course provides a unique opportunity for professionals from all disciplines to learn about the many facets of clinical trials--the complex process that ensures the safety and effectiveness of medical products.

New! Next Generation DNA Sequencing: Methods and Applications
May 2 - 30
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

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.

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"By the time I finished the program, most of my classmates were employed."

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