The rapid pace of biotechnology research and development has led to explosive growth in the biochemical and bioanalytical techniques necessary to carry out this work. The biotechnology industry involves drug development, human and animal nutrition, agricultural chemicals, biodefense and environmental protection. For instance, biotechnology processes/bioanalytical methods have had a profound impact in the development of therapies for human illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. Scientists possessing biotechnology and bioanalytical skills will undoubtedly be highly sought after to participate in the discovery, development, purification and analytical assessment of biological components and processes. The certificate in biotechnology and bioanalysis is offered to students who wish to supplement their preparation in a major discipline with additional course work in the interdisciplinary field of biotechnology. This certificate is especially valuable for those students planning a career in industry, government or academia and those students pursuing graduate studies in the life or chemical sciences.
The Biotechnology and Bioanalysis Certificate requires students to complete the following prerequisites:
College Chemistry I and II (with lab),
College Biology I and II (with lab),
Organic Chemistry I and II (with lab),
Analytical Chemistry (with lab),
Microbiology (with lab),
Cell or Molecular Biology (with lab).
These prerequisite courses may be satisfied as part of general education requirements and/or as course requirements for various academic majors.