Biomedical Sciences Graduate Certificate Program

Graduate Certificate Program in Biomedical Sciences

Admission Requirements:

Application Open


August 1 - December 15


December 1 - July 15


The one-year Graduate Certificate Program in Biomedical Sciences (BISC) is composed of 12 graduate credits that will have to be earned through four required courses plus two elective credits. The courses cover topics in the biomedical sciences, statistics, R programming, plus an elective science course. Furthermore students will be required to attend a course on Case Studies in Responsible Conduct of Research.

All these courses are an integral part of the Master's Program in Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology. Therefore, if a graduate certificate student would later like to enter the Master's Program in Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology, all certificate credits can be transferred into that program.

Admissions Requirement: Prior training in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and genetics

Learning Objectives:

  1. Apply principles of experimental design and problem solving in four focus areas of biomedical sciences.
  2. Employ basic tools of R programming.
  3. Classify data and use statistical tools to test hypotheses.
  4. Recognize and manage ethical challenges related to the responsible conduct of research.

Required Courses:

Course Number Course Title Credits Semester
BSBT 6072 Foundations in Biochemistry 1.5 These four courses are taught sequentially one after the other, and students should enroll in all four courses in the Fall semester.
BSBT 6073 Foundations in Molecular Biology 1.5
BSBT 6074 Foundations in Cell Biology 1.5
BSBT 6075 Foundations in Genetics 1.5
BSBT 6065 Case Studies in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) 1 Spring
BSBT 6067
Statistics for Biomedical Sciences 2 Spring
BSBT 6071
R Programming or BSBT 6113 Data Science with R 1 Spring
Science elective (from selected list) 2 Any Semester

Elective Courses:

Course Number Course Title Credits Semester
BMSC 7810
Core Topics in Biomedical Sciences
Core topics A:
November 8 - November 30, 2021 (no classes Nov. 24, 25, 26)
001 - Discovering Protein Function and Structure 2 Fall
002 - Microbiology in Biomedical Research 2 Fall
003 - Inflammation 2 Fall
004 - Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics 2 Fall
005 - Stem Cell Biology to Regenerative Medicine 2 Fall
Core topics B:
December 1 - December 17, 2021
006 - Gene Regulation and RNA Biology in Disease 2 Fall
007 - The Microbiome in Health and Medicine 2 Fall
008 - Principles of Cancer Biology 2 Fall
009 - Introduction to Animal Models Systems and Experiments in Developmental Biology 2 Fall
IMMU 7630 Overview of Immunology 2 Fall
BIOL 5494 Population and Evolutionary Genetics 3 Spring
BIOL 6764 Biological Data Analysis 3 Spring
ENVS 6230 Environmental Epidemiology 3 Spring
BIOE 5074 Introduction to Laboratory Animal Research 3 Spring
CANB 7610 Cancer Biology Mini-Course 1 Spring
CANB 7620 HistoPhysiology 3 Spring
CSDV 7605 Stem Cells and Development 4 Spring
EPID 6630 Epidemiology 3 Spring
HMGP 7620 Advanced Genome Analysis 2 Spring
HMGP 7600 Survey of Human Genetics 3 Spring
NRSC 7610 Fundamentals of Neurobiology 3 Spring
IDPT 7305 Hands-On Proteomics Workshop 1 Spring
IDPT 7646 Tissue Biology and Disease Mechanisms 3 Fall
PHSC 7345 Nanotechnology and Drug Delivery 2 Spring
PHSC 7651 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 3 Spring
STBB 7609 Biophysics and Spectroscopy 3 Spring
TXCL 7751 NeuroToxicology 2 Spring
BIOL 5144 Medical Microbiology 3 Summer (Online)

Students who can demonstrate proficiency in any of the subject areas of the required courses can propose a course replacement.