Biotech Certificate

Program Introduction

This revamped post-baccalaureate Biotechnology credit Certificate Program (BiotechCP for short) provides students with relevant baccalaureate degrees a broad framework of concepts and practices employed in modern biotechnology and bioscience industries. With close interactions and partnerships between Cal State L.A. and area biosciences companies, we provide students of this program a broad industry-responsive curriculum taught by academic and industrial experts, extensive hands-on biotechnology laboratory skills training (video for an example), dedicated advisement faculty/staff and a focused summer industry internship at the end of the first year. All of these are designed to prepare and facilitate our students for employment and career advancement in the biotechnology/bioscience industries. Eligible students may receive stipend supports from a federal grant program. Courses taken to fulfill certificate requirements may also be applied toward the Master of Science degree in Biology. Students must begin the certificate program only during the fall term of an academic year. For Fall 2017 entry, completed applications must be received by the Department and the University (CSU Mentor) no later than May 31, 2017.

The certificate program requires completion of a minimum of 18 (semester) units, taken in post-baccalaureate or graduate standing, of which 12 are in required courses and 6 or more are in electives. Refer to the Graduate Study chapter of the University Catalog for general information governing all certificate programs.

General Requirements for Admission to the Program:

  • Acceptance by the University to post-baccalaureate status.
  • Baccalaureate degree in a biological science, such as biochemistry, biology, medical technology, or microbiology, equivalent to the Bachelor of Science degree offered at Cal State L. A.
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 in last 60 semester units attempted.
  • Completion with a B (3.0) grade point average or higher, of the following courses or equivalents: Cell Biology, Microbial Genetics or Biochemistry
  • Completion of the Biotech Certificate Program Application Form.

Requirements for the Certificate (minimum 18 semester units)

Required Core (12 units)
BIOL 4170 Gene Manipulation (3)
BIOL 4450 Bioscience Companies: from concept to market (3)
BIOL 4541 Biotech Applications of Cell & Mol Biology (3)
BIOL 5950 Biotechnology Industrial Internship (1)
BIOL 5980 Biotechnology Research Academy (1); must repeat once
Electives (minimum 6 units)
Some of the electives are listed below; include no more than 3 units in seminars.
BIOL 4130 Molecular Diagnostics (3)
BIOL 4390 Endocrinology (3)
BIOL 4540 Fundamentals of Nanomedicine (2)
BIOL 4320 Fundamentals of Toxicology (3)
BIOL 4370 Cell Signaling (3)
BIOL 4840 Drug Discovery and Development (4)
BIOL 5180 Biotechnology Skills Laboratory (3)
BIOL 5410 Seminar: Hot Topics (3)
BIOL 5440 Seminar: Microbiology/Immunology (3)
BIOL 5460 Seminar: Cell, Mol and Developmental Biology (3)
CHEM 4310 Biochemistry I (3)
CHEM 4320 Biochemistry II (3)
BINF 4000 Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (3)
CHEM 4510 Advanced Analytical Chemistry: Optical Spectroscopy (2)
CRIM 4090 Applications of Forensic Sciences (3)
MGMT 4505 Project Management (3)
MICR 4100 General Virology (3)
MICR 4200 Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases (3)
MICR 4220 Bioterrorism and Biosecurity (3)
MICR 4300 Hematology (3)

Note: Additional releveant elective courses may be taken with approval of program director.

 

For more information, please contact

Dr. Howard Xu

Professor of Microbiology

Director, Post-bac Certificate Program in Biotechnology

Director, Incubator Development and Programming

Phone: (323) 343-2188

Email: hxu3 AT calstatela.edu

Office: Annenberg Science Complex (ASC) 356

Lab: Annenberg Science Complex 337

Mailing address: Dept. of Biological Sciences, BS-143

California State University, Los Angeles

5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90032

Course Contents

REQUIRED CORE COURSES

BIOL 4170. Gene Manipulation (3). Genetic engineering and its application in molecular biology and biotechnology.

 

BIOL 4450. Bioscience Companies: from concept to market (3). Describes moving an idea through basic and applied research into medical device, biologics, and pharmaceutical industries. Emphasizes interdependence of the sciences, engineering, business and management, intellectual property, and regulatory affairs.

 

BIOL 4541. Biotech Applications of Cell & Mol Biol Techniques (3). A hands-on intensive laboratory course help students become proficient in cellular and molecular biology techniques commonly employed in the biotechnology industry. For an example of what you would experience in class, click YouTube video.

 

BIOL 5950. Biotechnology Industrial Internship (1). Supervised off-campus internship experience in applied biotechnology.

 

BIOL 5980. Biotechnology Research Academy (2). Must repeat once. Team-based applied biotechnology relevant research projects supervised by faculty. Students will have opportunities to learn and operate sophisticated equipment (see examples)

 

ELECTIVE COURSES

Depending on students' individual career interests, faculty and/or staff will provide advices on certain combinations of elective courses (some are listed in Program Introduction webpage) for students.

 

For more information, please contact

Dr. Howard Xu

Professor of Microbiology

Director, Post-bac Certificate Program in Biotechnology

Director, Incubator Development and Programming

Phone: (323) 343-2188

Email: hxu3 AT calstatela.edu

Office: Annenberg Science Complex (ASC) 356

Lab: Annenberg Science Complex 337

Mailing address: Dept. of Biological Sciences, BS-143

California State University, Los Angeles

5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90032

Biotech Research Academy

Biotechnology Research Academy provides supervised team-based laboratory research experience for students to engage in biotechnology relevant discovery-based projects. These projects employ modern approaches such as chemical genomics, functional genomics, systems biology, chemoinformatics, assay development and high throughput screening in solving programs or filling technology or knowledge gaps. An array of sophisticated instruments available in the Department of Biological Sciences (see examples of instruments and facilities) and individual faculty laboratories (instruments available for students of certificate program). Additionally, ChemBridge DIVERSet chemical libraries containing 40,000 unique chemical structures and 1,200 pure natural product compounds are available for students of Biotechnology Research Academy.

 

For an example of Chemical Genomics approach used in a biotechnology laboratory course taught by Dr. Howard Xu, please click YouTube video.

 

 

 

For more information, please contact

Dr. Howard Xu

Professor of Microbiology

Director, Post-bac Certificate Program in Biotechnology

Director, Incubator Development and Programming

Phone: (323) 343-2188

Email: hxu3 AT calstatela.edu

Office: Annenberg Science Complex (ASC) 356

Lab: Annenberg Science Complex 337

Mailing address: Dept. of Biological Sciences, BS-143

California State University, Los Angeles

5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90032

Internships and Partners

Summer Internships at Local Bioscence Companies

According to eventual career tracks, students will be placed in summer internships at bioscience partner companies. These companies include:

Grifols Biologicals (Los Angeles, CA)

Gilead Sciences, Inc. (San Dimas, CA)

Molecular Express, Inc. (Rancho Dominguez, CA)

C3 Jian, Inc. (Marina del Rey, CA)

Vivoscript, Inc. (Costa Mesa, CA)

Synova Life Sciences (Pasadena, CA)

Gsolutions Biosciences (Altadena, CA)

Transmembrane Biosciences, Inc. (Pasadena, CA)

 

For more information, please contact

Dr. Howard Xu

Professor of Microbiology

Director, Post-bac Certificate Program in Biotechnology

Director, Incubator Development and Programming

Phone: (323) 343-2188

Email: hxu3 AT calstatela.edu

Office: Annenberg Science Complex (ASC) 356

Lab: Annenberg Science Complex 337

Mailing address: Dept. of Biological Sciences, BS-143

California State University, Los Angeles

5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90032

Peer Mentors

PEER MENTORS

We have established a network of bioscience industrial professionals who are either alumni of our academic programs or colleagues with common commitment to advances of bioscience industry cluster in the Los Angeles region. These professionals will serve as one-on-one peer mentors to our students to provide career selection and advancement advices. The peer mentors are currently working in the following bioscience companies:

Grifols Biologicals

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Amgen

Beckman/Coulter

Johnson & Johnson

HBT Labs

BioMarin

Extron Electronic

Integrated Diagnostics

 

For more information, please contact

Dr. Howard Xu

Professor of Microbiology

Director, Post-bac Certificate Program in Biotechnology

Director, Incubator Development and Programming

Phone: (323) 343-2188

Email: hxu3 AT calstatela.edu

Office: Annenberg Science Complex (ASC) 356

Lab: Annenberg Science Complex 337

Mailing address: Dept. of Biological Sciences, BS-143

California State University, Los Angeles

5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90032