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 Winter 2016

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Offered once a year in the winter
Clinical Trials Essentials: An Intensive One-Week Course   

March 14 - 18

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.

Validating Software for Medical Devices and Emerging Technologies

January 25 – April 4

This course covers the software validation requirements of Class II and III medical device software, mobile medical apps, medical device data systems, manufacturing software, automated test software, process software, quality system software and spreadsheets. Discussions cover the FDA, EU and global perspectives on medical device software validation and its related regulations, guidance documents, and standards.

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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What Students Say: Bioscience

Alexandra Steinberg, Clinical Trials

Alexandra Steinberg

“When I started my career in the USA, the classes completed the whole puzzle for me, combining my medical knowledge and PhD experience with operational and regulatory side of conducting clinical trials in pharmaceutical industry.”

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