Certificate & Degrees

Technical Certificate


Provides training in the theory and practices of biotechnology which include introduction to microbiology, cell biology, and molecular biology techniques. Each participant has the option of taking an examination prior to certification. Exam results are used as part of participant's job recommendation.


Technical Certificate Course Schedule


Summer Semester

Course Units Course Description
Intermediate Algebra II
(Math 70)
4 Emphasizes advanced concepts, including the algebra of functions, function composition, inverse functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and radical and rational functions. Also covers conics, quadratic and cubic equations, systems of equations and inequalities, matrix methods, and sequences and series. The graphing calculator will be used to graph and analyze functions. Graphing calculator is required.

Fall Semester

Course Units Course Description
Principles in Biology
(Biology 100/101)
4 Surveys the basic processes of biology which are common to all organisms. Includes scientific method, biomolecules, cellular organization, structure, function, metabolism, and reproduction, genetics, evolution, taxonomic classification, ecology of plants and animals, and current events involving biology. Not intended for biology majors.
Prep. for General Chemistry
(Chemistry 170)
4 Introduces general chemistry that serves to establish a framework of vocabulary, principles, concepts, laboratory techniques, and problem-solving skills to prepare the student to complete successfully the more intensive general chemistry sequence.
DNA Science I (Biology 205) 2 Provides theoretical background useful in the biotechnology job market or for a bachelor's degree in biology.
Intro. to Bio Research I
(Biology 229)
3 Introduces biological laboratory skills, safety procedures, disposal of laboratory waste materials; experimental design and data analysis; preparation of laboratory reagents; aseptic technique, chromatography, and electrophoresis; maintenance of laboratory records, library research, resume writing; and management of a research laboratory.

Spring Semester

Course Units Course Description
Intro. to Cell & Molecular Biology
(Biology 211)
4 Introduces basic principles of cell and molecular biology for biology and related science majors. Emphasizes basic atomic structure and bonding, the chemical basis of life, cell structure and function, energy transformation, cell division, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, and the origin of life.
General Microbiology
(Biology 265)
5 Introduces fundamental concepts, methods, and relevant applications of microbiology, including microbial structure, physiology, genetics, epidemiology, agents of disease, mechanisms of pathogenesis and resistance, approaches to control and treatment of disease, immunology, and biotechnology. Emphasizes laboratory activities, stressing cultivation, characterization, identification, and biotechnological applications involving microbes important in clinical medicine.
DNA Science II (Biology 206) 2 Provides theoretical background useful in the biotechnology job market or for a bachelor's degree in biology.
Intro. to Bio Research II
(Biology 230)
3 Emphasizes current concepts, and laboratory training in modern molecular biological techniques. Designed for biology majors and students interested in working in a molecular biology and/or biotechnology industry laboratory.

Total Units: 31

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