Biotechnology
Certificate Program

Biotechnology

At the nexus of biology and tech
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Anagha Kelkar-Sane

"The Biotechnology certificate helped me fill in the gaps in my knowledge and … restart my career."
Anagha Kelkar-Sane

Program Description

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Work on the front lines of biopharma. Gain an understanding of scientific disciplines, a foundation in principles guiding drug discovery and development, an appreciation of the latest bioscience research and technology, and a broader awareness of today’s biopharmaceutical industry. We offer instruction for professionals from all disciplines at all levels of experience. Focus on the theoretical fundamentals in the Discovery track or practical applications in our Development track.

Biotechnology certificate program objectives:

·       Understand molecular diagnostics and their applications on healthcare

·       Break down key molecular biology techniques used to discover novel therapeutics

·       Explain the use of mass spectrometry in drug discovery

·       Recognize abnormalities in gene expression pathways and how they relate to human disease

·       Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC)

Curriculum: Total Required: 7–9 courses/19 units. Take 4 core courses (12 units) and 3–5 electives (7 units—at least 1 unit from each track). End with certificate of completion review.

Time Commitment: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 9–12 months.

Estimated Cost: $6,200

Cost for F1 Students: [Costs for F-1 students]

Courses

Curriculum: Total Required: 7–9 courses/19 units. Take 4 core courses (12 units) and 3–5 electives (7 units—at least 1 unit from each track). End with certificate of completion review.

Prerequisite Course

Required Courses Core A

Units: 3.0 BTEC.X401
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Units: 3.0 BTEC.X405
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Required Courses Core B Choose 2 of 4

Units: 3.0 BTEC.X400
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Units: 3.0 BTEC.X403
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Units: 3.0 BTEC.X409
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Elective Courses Track 1 -- Discovery

Units: 2.0 BTEC.X402
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Spring Online
Units: 2.0 BINF.X402
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Units: 1.5 BTEC.X411
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Elective Courses Track 2 -- Development

Units: 3.0 REGL.X400
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Units: 1.5 BTEC.X410
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Required Certificate Review

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Requisite Knowledge

Please review the course descriptions to ensure that you have taken necessary prerequisites or meet the requirements through job experience or previous education.

Molecular biology. Familiarity with the principles of modern molecular biology is required to begin the Biotechnology certificate. You can satisfy this requirement with an introductory course in molecular biology (taken within the last five years) or by demonstrating equivalent work experience.

Program Chair

EDWARD ROZHON, Ph.D., chair of the Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, and Clinical Trials Design and Management programs, has had a long career in the biopharmaceutical industry as a contributor to the development of drugs to treat viral and autoimmune diseases, as well as several types of cancer. He has worked in both nonclinical and clinical areas of drug development, in the global pharmaceutical and biotech industry, in a contract research organization to support clinical research as well as in academia. He retired from Genentech in 2014 as a senior manager of clinical trials for autoimmune, infectious, and ophthalmologic diseases. On completing his doctorate at Indiana University, he pursued post-doctoral training in neurovirology at the University of Alabama School of Medicine and at Northwestern University School of Medicine and was subsequently appointed to a faculty position in microbiology and immunology. He has taught courses in drug development and virology at UCSC Extension since 2001.

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You are invited to declare candidacy in your certificate program as soon as possible so you can lock in the curriculum requirements and not be impacted by any subsequent program changes. Once you’ve declared, you have three years to complete the program.

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