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.

Free Event: Bay Area Centromere & Chromosome Dynamics Meeting

Don ClevelandBay Area Centromere & Chromosome Dynamics Meeting
January 8, 2015, 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Seymour Marine Discovery Center, UC Santa Cruz

Get perspectives on a broad range of topics at the forefront of centromere and chromosome biology in this special one-day meeting bringing together recognized investigators and aspiring specialists.

Register by December 15. Reservations will fill up early, so don’t wait!

Keynote speaker: Don Cleveland, Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, UC San Diego

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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.

Winter 2015 courses beginning early January 2015

Medical/Clinical Terminology
January 10
A basic understanding of medical and clinical terminology is essential in clinical trials design and management. This interactive workshop, for individuals with no background in medical/clinical terminology or for those who would like a refresher, reviews common terms associated with medical research and development and clinical trials.

Drug Development Process
January 15
The development of new drugs is a complex, lengthy, and expensive process. In this course, we examine this process--from discovery to market and beyond--and see what makes the biopharmaceutical industry unique.

Human Physiology in Health and Disease
January 15
This course introduces the fundamental principles of human physiology in health and disease, and provides insights into the cutting-edge and established therapies being developed and used to treat a range of disease processes

Regulatory Submissions: Devices and Diagnostics
January 15
Designed for individuals who already have a strong foundation in medical devices, this course provides hands-on experience working with the regulations, guidance documents, and style guides needed for FDA approval.

Science of Clinical Trials Design
January 15
This course addresses the science that forms the basis of effective clinical trial design.

Biosciences Info Sessions

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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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:

Ramesh Aacharya, Clinical Trials

Ramesh Aacharya

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

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