Post-Baccalaureate Biotechnology Credit Certificate Program

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Biotechnology 

This post-baccalaureate credit certificate program provides students with relevant baccalaureate degrees a broad framework of concepts and practices employed in modern biotechnology industries. With close interactions and partnerships between Cal State LA and local biotechnology companies, students of this program will experience a broad industry-responsive curriculum taught by academic and industrial experts, extensive hands-on biotechnology laboratory skills training, and a focused summer biotechnology industry internship at the end of the academic year. All of these are designed to prepare and facilitate our students for employment and career advancement in the biotechnology sector. Courses taken to fulfill certificate requirements may also be applied toward the Master of Science degree in biology. The program has been approved as a Gainful Employment Program by the Department of Education. This means that eligible students can apply for Federal Financial Aid to support them during the year that they are in the program. For more detailed information regarding courses, internships, and research academy, please see this site

Students may begin the certificate program only during the Fall term of an academic year. Completed applications must be received by the Department no later than April 15, 2020 (this is not a postmark date).Refer to the Graduate Study chapter of the University Catalog for general information governing all certificate programs.

Requirements for Admission to the Program

Application to the Department of Biological Sciences and the University is required. Acceptance by the University to post-baccalaureate status; Baccalaureate degree in a biological or related sciences, such as biochemistry, biology, physics, medical technology, or microbiology, which is equivalent to the Bachelor of Science degree offered at Cal State LA. Undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 in last 90 quarter or 60 semester units attempted; Completion with a B (3.0) grade or higher, in any one of the following upper level undergraduate  courses or their equivalents:

  • Cell Biology (e.g., BIOL 3400 - Cell Biology and Genetics)
  • General Genetics (e.g., BIOL 3400 – Cell Biology and Genetics)
  • Microbial Genetics (e.g., MICR 3300 - Microbial Genetics)
  • Biochemistry (e.g., CHEM 4310 - Biochemistry I)

Application Cycle

The Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program in Biotechnology accepts applications beginning January 15th through April 15 each year for the following fall term. We are not on rolling-admission and only begin reviewing applications after the April 15 deadline.

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are finalized in mid-May and formally made by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. Email is the university's official method of communication. All applicants will be contacted with final admission decision via email by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

Career Placement Metrics

We are pleased to report that for Cohorts 1-4 (Cohort 5 is currently in their second semester), 80% of program participants achieved their next career goals of either an advanced or graduate program acceptance or gainful employment. The employers for some of our students include: Amgen, Grifols, Prolacta Biosciences, Jarrow Formulas, Inc., UCLA, Caltech and Cal State LA.

Requirements for the Certificate

Required Core (12 units)

  • BIOL 4170 - Gene Manipulation (3)
  • BIOL 4450 – Bioscience Companies: From Concept to Market (3)
  • BIOL 4460 – Biotechnology Applications of Cell and Molecular Biology (3)
  • BIOL 5950 – Biotechnology Internship (1)
  • BIOL 5980 – Graduate Directed Study (1); must repeat once

Electives (minimum 6 units)

In consultation with the program advisor, select a minimum of 6 units of electives from 4000 and 5000 level courses in Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Criminal Justice, Physics, Engineering and Management that address topics in cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, forensics, physics, engineering and project management. Include no more than one seminar course.

Course Work GPA

A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required in all course work.

Program Cost

Students pay Graduate/PB level fees; please refer to the Cashiers Office web site for the most current fee information.

Application Fees

There is a $55 nonrefundable and nontransferable CSU Apply application fee.

Application Checklist:

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Biotechnology Application
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges attended—one official set to be sent to Admissions and Recruitment (step 2) and one set to be sent to Post-baccalaureate Program (step 4). 
  • Personal Statement
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (LOR). The LORs must be emailed directly from the recommender to the department.

How to Apply

Step 1

Complete and submit a Graduate Application for Admission through CSU Apply

Under "Major/Program Objective", select Graduate
Under "Degree Objective", select Biotechnology.

Step 2

The Office of Admissions and Recruitment is allowing for the online submission of documents to allow us to evaluate and process student files. To upload your documents please visit the Uploading Documents webpage. 

Step 3

Complete a supplemental Department application 

PCPHP Record Enhancer Option I Application Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Biotechnology Application

Step 4

Email supplemental Department Application and all supporting documents: transcripts, personal statement, two letters of recommendation via email at biomicr@calstatela.eduLetter of recommendation must be emailed directly from the recommender to the department.

Contact Information

To check the status of your application, contact the Biological Sciences department. Please allow two weeks from the date you sent your application to check the status. If you are unable to reach us please leave a voicemail with your full name and phone number and we will return your call within one week of receiving your voicemail. 

Biological Sciences Department

Phone: (323) 343-2050



Note: The information on this page was modified from what appears in the University Catalog.