Certificate & Degrees

Parallel Track


This track is designed for students currently enrolled at a four-year institution and majoring in molecular biology and genetics. Students only need to complete the Introduction to Biological Research I and II (course 229 and 230) to qualify for the biotechnology certificate.


Parallel Track Course Schedule


Fall Semester

Course Units Course Description
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 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: 6

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