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The Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology is offered for students with a bachelor's degree who wish to obtain advanced level training in those fields of biology that pertain to biotechnology without necessarily earning a master's degree. Students who enter this program may have a variety of interests, including biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology, or molecular evolution.
Students who wish to earn a Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology must apply to the Biotechnology Certificate Program for admission to the program. Students must be enrolled in the graduate program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis either as non-degree students or as master's students.
Students who wish to obtain a master's degree with a Biotechnology Certificate must be accepted into the Master's degree program in Biology as well as into the Biotechnology Certificate Program. Students who apply to the certificate program as non-degree students will earn only the certificate.
Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA for undergraduate course work to be accepted into the program. The minimum course prerequisites for admission to the program are undergraduate courses in genetics, cell biology, and biochemistry.
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Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to remain in the certificate program. The certificate is awarded after completion of the courses listed below. Students enrolled in the Master's program may simultaneously earn a graduate degree and count the appropriate courses from the list below toward the Biotechnology Certificate.
The biotechnology certificate requires 18 credit hours of course work.
I. Biology 6615, Advanced Biotechnology Laboratory II
II.Biology 6602, Advanced Molecular Biology or
Biology 6612, Advanced Molecular Genetics of Bacteria
(If both Group II courses are taken, one may be used as elective credit)
III. The remaining 11 credit hours must be taken from the following electives:
BIOL 4712, Biochemistry
BIOL 4842, Immunobiology
BIOL 5069, Topics in Cellular and Molecular Biology
BIOL 6550, Advanced Bacterial Pathogenesis
BIOL 6612, Advanced Molecular Genetics of Bacteria (if not taken as a required course)
BIOL 6622, Advanced Molecular Biology of the Cell
BIOL 6632, Advanced Nucleic Acid Structure and Function
BIOL 6642, Advanced Plant Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering
BIOL 6652, Advanced Virology
BIOL 6699, Graduate Internship in Biotechnology
BIOL 6889, Graduate Seminar, when relevant
BIOL 6915, Graduate Research Practicum
BIOL 6920, Topics in Biology, when relevant
CHEM 4722, Advanced Biochemistry
CHEM 4733, Biochemistry Laboratory
CHEM 4772, Physical Biochemistry