Molecular Biotechnology (Certificate)

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Training in molecular biotechnology is essential for a wide range of disciplines from microbiology, plant and animal sciences to chemical engineering. The Graduate Certificate Program in Molecular Biotechnology offers an opportunity for individuals educated in the life sciences and related disciplines to gain laboratory-based, hands-on molecular biology training. 

Admission Requirements

  1. Baccalaureate degree in a science or engineering discipline.
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.75 in his/her/they undergraduate program, and a recommended minimum GPA of 3.0 in science courses.
  3. All prerequisites (or their equivalent) to BIT 510 completed before beginning the certificate program. The minimum requirements for BIT 510 are: MB 351 or GN 311 (or equivalent) and two semesters of organic chemistry (equivalent to CH 221 and CH 223). 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.

Certificate Degree Requirements

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

Other Relevant Information

NC State graduate students with career interests that involve molecular biotechnology, but are not eligible for the minor, are eligible to apply for the certificate.

Plan Requirements

Core Courses9
Ethical Issues in Biotechnology 1
Core Technologies in Molecular and Cellular Biology (+ Capstone Cloning Project) 2
Elective Courses3
See "Elective Courses" listed below 3
Total Hours12

Elective Courses

Select courses from the lists below:3
BIT Electives
BIT 564Protein Purification2
BIT 566Animal Cell Culture Techniques2
BIT 577Metagenomics2
BIT 579High-Throughput Discovery2
BIT 595Special Topics1-6
BIT 571RNA Interference and Model Organisms2
BIT 572Proteomics3
BIT 573Protein Interactions2
BIT 580Yeast Metabolic Engineering2
BIT 815Advanced Special Topics1-6
Other Elective Courses
MB 714Microbial Metabolic Regulation3
MB 758Microbial Genetics & Genomics3
BCH 553Biochemistry of Gene Expression3
MB 725Fermentation Microbiology3
GN 721Genetic Data Analysis3
GN 701Molecular Genetics3
GN 735Functional Genomics3
CHE 551Biochemical Engineering3