Graduate Biotechnology Certificate Program

About the Program

The Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology is offered to students with a bachelor’s degree who wish to obtain advanced training in areas of biology that pertain to biotechnology without necessarily earning a master’s degree.  Students who enter this program may have a variety of interests, including biochemistry, bioengineering, microbiology, molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology, or molecular evolution.  Students who are enrolled in the M.S. degree program are also eligible for receiving the Certificate upon request and completion of the course work.

Since biotechnology is a very broad field covering a wide variety of major growth sectors, such as medicine (therapeutics and diagnostics), agriculture (crop and livestock improvement), food (processing and specialty chemicals), and bioremediation (waste and contaminants disposal), students who complete the Certificate program will have opportunities to pursue their career in any of the subfields.  Regardless of the students’ eventual career goals, the expected outcomes of this program are to prepare all students with the fundamental knowledge of molecular biology and its techniques  that  are  essential  for  employment  or  advanced  studies  related  to  biotechnology. Therefore  the  requirements  of  Molecular  Biology  and  Recombinant  DNA  Techniques  are necessary.

Students completing the required courses will then be able to pursue additional training in their areas of interests.  For example, those who are interested in molecular biology may take courses in Bioinformatics and Research in Molecular Biology.  Those who are interested in clinical genetics may take Medical Genetics and Human Cytogenetics Technology, and those who are interested in microbiology may take Food Microbiology, Medical Microbiology, and Environmental Microbiology.


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Admissions Requirements for New Students

    • Baccalaureate degree  in  science,  engineering or  related  fields  from  an  accredited institution.
    • Successful completion of  undergraduate courses  in  cell  biology,  genetics,  organic chemistry, physics, and calculus.
    • A statement of career and education goals

Admissions for Current Graduate Students

Students who are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program are eligible to earn the Certificate.  A Dual Graduate Program Request (GS Form 18) must be submitted.  These include graduate students in Biology or other fields as long as they meet the same requirements as stated in 1(a) and 1(b) above. See the graduate coordinator for details.

Graduate Biotechnology Advisory Committee

A Graduate Biotechnology Advisory Committee, including a chair, will be formed to assist in the development of a Plan of Study.   The committee will work closely with the student to design a cohesive, academically meaningful program suited to the student’s goals.

Course Requirements

The minimum number of courses for the Certificate program is 16 credit hours.

Required courses (6 credits):

BIOL 507 Molecular Biology                                           (3)
BIOL 508 Recombinant DNA Techniques                  (3)

Elective courses (a minimum of 10 credits):

BIOL 595 Environmental Microbiology                (3)
BIOL 595 Medical Genetics                                   (3)
BIOL 595 Human Cytogenetics                            (4)
BIOL 566 Developmental Biology                       (4)
BIOL 525 Neurobiology                                         (4)
BIOL 561 Immunology                                           (3)
BIOL 595 Bioinformatics                                       (3)
BIOL 533-534 Medical Microbiology                   (5)
BIOL 595 Food Microbiology                               (4)
BIOL 595 Research                                        (variable credits)

GPA Requirements for Progression

Students must earn a B or better grade in all courses required for the Certificate program.

Applicable Courses Taken Prior to Certificate Admission Status

Up to 6 credits of approved courses beyond the requirements for the baccalaureate degree, within previous 3 years, may be used for the Certificate.

Generally speaking, students are required to take the core courses at Purdue Calumet unless the student can provide evidence that the core courses taken elsewhere are equivalent. Up to 6 credits of approved courses, taken within the last 3 years, may be transferred from other universities to the certificate program as elective courses.


Maximum Time for Completion

Students must complete all required courses within three years of admission.


A Plan of Study for the Graduate Biotechnology Certificate Program (GS Form 6) must be completed  and  approved  by  the  Advisory  Committee  and  the  Graduate  Coordinator  one semester prior to the completion of the certificate program.