Biotechnology at UC Santa Cruz

Certificate - Biotechnology - University of California, Santa Cruz - Silicon Valley Extension

Program Description

Gain an understanding of scientific disciplines, a foundation in principles guiding drug discovery and development, an appreciation of the latest bioscience research and technology, and a broader awareness of today’s biopharmaceutical industry. We offer instruction for professionals from all disciplines at all levels of experience. Focus on the theoretical fundamentals in the Discovery track or practical applications in our Development track.

Biotechnology certificate program objectives

  • Understand molecular diagnostics and their applications on healthcare
  • Break down key molecular biology techniques used to discover novel therapeutics
  • Explain the use of mass spectrometry in drug discovery
  • Recognize abnormalities in gene expression pathways and how they relate to human disease
  • Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC)

Program Highlights

Program level:1-Year Post-Secondary Certificate

Length: 9-12 month undergraduate certificate including an optional internship

Application fee: $150.00 USD

Tuition: $15,350.00 USD/year

Cost of Living: $14,600.00 USD/year

Course Start Date: January 2022 / March 2022 / April 2022 / June 2022

Application Deadline: 2021-10-31 / 2022-02-15 / 2022-01-31 / 2022-03-31

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum Level of Education Required: 2-Year Undergraduate Diploma
  • Min GPA: 60.0%
  • English Proficiency Requirements:For direct admission, applicant must be from an English speaking country or meet either of the following English test scores:
    • Min TOEFL iBT: 70
    • Min IELTS overall: 6
    • Min Duolingo English Test Score: 95
    • Min PTE overall: 59
    This program does NOT offer conditional admission

Other fees:

  • Book and Materials Fee: $1,000 per year
  • Student Orientation Courses Fee: $375 one time fee
  • International Program Fee: $2,300 per year
  • International Student Orientation Student and Community Development Fee: $375 One-time Fee
  • Optional Practical Training Fee: $100 one time fee

* Note: Additional fees may apply
** All fees are subject to change without notice