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2016-2017 CSU East Bay Catalog 
2016-2017 CSU East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biotechnology Certificate

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Department & Faculty Information  

This certificate program consists of 34 units and is designed to give recognition to students who complete a curriculum emphasizing cellular and molecular techniques. This is an appropriate capstone for biology or chemistry students and is preparatory for careers in industrial and academic biological research, development, and production. The Biotechnology Certificate Program requires 34 units of advanced work. The laboratory courses, important to this program, emphasize a “hands-on” approach with close faculty supervision. In addition to experimental techniques, safety standards and quality control are also stressed. Courses are scheduled in a non-conflicting pattern so that a full-time student entering this program can complete the requirements in one academic year. There are over 300 biotechnology companies in the Bay Area with a growing demand for employees skilled in the technical subjects herein outlined. Seven faculty members from the Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry share the responsibility for this program and play an active role in arranging employment interviews for students who successfully complete this certificate program.

Admission to the Program

The Certificate Program in Biotechnology is open to undergraduates and graduates of accredited institutions who have a degree major in any field of biological sciences or chemistry and who have achieved a GPA of at least 2.75 in the major and at least 3.0 in the prerequisite courses. Applicants failing to meet these criteria may petition the Biotechnology Committee for a waiver of these requirements.


Applicants must have majored in biology or chemistry, and have completed the courses listed below or their equivalents. Participants in this program will be selected by the Biotechnology Committee of the Department of Biological Sciences.

Continued Participation in the Program

Students must achieve a minimum grade of “B” in each required course for continued participation and pass a comprehensive written examination upon completion of the program. Students who have a baccalaureate degree and wish to combine the Biotechnology Certificate with an M.S. in Biological Science should be aware that only 13 units earned prior to admission to the Master’s Program may be applied to a graduate degree. Students wishing to pursue the M.S. degree in Biological Science must also complete the application process to be considered for the M.S. degree.

Curricular Requirements

Course Descriptions

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Other Undergraduate Degree Requirements

In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University requirements for graduation which are described in the Undergraduate Admission and Degree Information & FAQ  chapter in the front of this catalog. These include the General Education-Breadth requirements; the second composition (ENGL 1002 ) requirement; the cultural groups/women requirement; the performing arts/activities requirement; the U.S. history, U.S. Constitution, and California state and local government requirement; the University Writing Skills Requirement; and the residence, unit, and grade point average requirements.

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