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 (Cal State Apply) no later than April 16, 2018. For departmental application, complete the Biotech Certificate Program Application Form.

A modified version of the certificate program is being reviewed by various levels of the university. Until the modified version is approved and displayed on the university catalog, the current version shown on the catalog is enforced.

 

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@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

A modified version of the certificate program is being reviewed by various levels of the university. For details, please contact Dr. Xu for details.

 

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.

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 relevant 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@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 (new course proposal is being reviewed) 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@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

An internship course proposal is being reviewed. According to eventual career tracks, students will be placed in summer internships at bioscience partner companies. These companies and organizations 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)

Verrix, LLC (Pasadena, CA)

LA Biomed (Torrance, 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@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@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