Graduate Certificate in Molecular Biotechnology

Admissions requirements

The applicant must:

  1. Baccalaureate degree in a science or engineering discipline.
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.75 in his/her undergraduate program, and a recommended minimum GPA of 3.0 in the science courses.
  3. All prerequisites (or their equivalent) to BIT 510 completed before beginning the certificate program. The minimum requirements for BIT 510 are a general biology course that covers gene regulation and DNA replication, and two semesters of organic chemistry (equivalent to CH 221 and 223). A general microbiology course (equivalent to MB 351) is recommended but not required. Prerequisites for the coursework electives vary, and those prerequisites may be taken after admission to the certificate program if necessary.
  4. Note that currently the Certificate is only available to students enrolled in a Masters Degree program at NC State.

Program requirements

The Graduate Certificate Program in Molecular Biotechnology will require a minimum of 12 hours of required and elective courses as listed below. Coursework transferred from another institution is not applicable toward the Certificate.  Award of a certificate requires an overall GPA of 3.0 or better for the certificate courses (required and elective) WITH a minimum grade of B- in any of the BIT courses and a minimum grade of C in the coursework elective.

REQUIRED Courses (5 credits):

  • BIT 510 - Core Technologies in Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology (4 credits)
  • BIT 501 - Ethical Issues in Biotechnology (1 credit) or an approved research ethics or bioethics course
  • BIT       - Capstone Cloning Project

BIOTECHNOLOGY LABORATORY ELECTIVES (4 credits)

For the most up to date list of courses please visit the BIT website: http://biotech.ncsu.edu
Any two BIT module laboratory courses (2 credits each), for example: 

  • BIT 564 - Protein Purification
  • BIT 566 - Animal Cell Culture
  • BIT 567 - CR and DNA Fingerprinting
  • BIT 571 - RNA Interference and Model Organisms
  • BIT 574 - Plant Genetic Engineering

OTHER ELECTIVES - Choose One (3 credits)

- Many (400-level or higher) courses may be considered by special request.  Some examples:

  • GN 513 - Advanced Genetics
  •  MB 714 - Microbial Metabolic Regulation
  •  MB 758 - Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics
  • BCH 553 - Biochemistry of Gene Expression
  •  MB 725 - Fermentation Microbiology
  •  GN 721 - Genetic Data Analysis
  •  GN 701 - Molecular Genetics
  •  GN 735 - Functional Genomics
  • CHE 551 - Biochemical Engineering

For more information or to enroll in the Certificate Program, contact: Dr. Sabrina Robertson, Director of Biotechnology Graduate Certificate Program