California State University, Fresno offers a Certificate of Advanced Study Programs in Biotechnology. This intensive one-year post baccalaureate program emphasizes molecular biology and a wide range of laboratory skills at the forefront of modern biotechnology. The biotechnology field is growing rapidly and as new products and applications are commercialized there is an increased need for highly skilled personnel capable of working in both research and production areas. Enrollment is limited to 12 students per year who work closely with faculty in a variety of lecture and laboratory courses. Some techniques studied include purification of biological macromolecules, gene splicing, DNA sequencing culturing of mammalian cells, hybridoma production, and plant cell culturing and cloning.
The certificate program can lead to careers in expanding fields, such as drug and hormone production in the pharmaceutical industry, monoclonal antibody production for medical diagnostics and therapeutics, drop improvement, industrial bioprocessing, forensic science, bioremediation, and medical research. This program also provides a background for further postgraduate studies in fields such as biochemistry, molecular biology, and agricultural biotechnology. Some of the courses may also be used at California State University, Fresno as components of master’s degree programs in biology, chemistry, plant science and related departments.
Program courses include:
Admission to the program requires a bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA and science GPA of 3.0 or better. Upper–division courses in genetics (minimum 3 units), biochemistry with laboratory (minimum of 5 units), immunology with a laboratory (minimum 4 units), and microbiology with laboratory (minimum 4 units) are also prerequisites for entrance into the program. Consult with the Biotechnology Program coordinator for determining recommended or equivalent courses.