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Degrees & Certificates

Fluorescence Bioscience Microscopy

CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY

The Fluorescence Bioscience Microscopy certificate program prepares students for entry- and mid-level jobs in bioscience imaging, research and microscopy, including in the biotech industry. A Certificate of Proficiency will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the courses specified below. The Certificate of Proficiency is not indicated on the student’s transcript.

Career opportunities include employment as a director of an imaging core, research lab technician, imaging specialist in research lab or biotech company, imaging equipment sales consultant, imaging product management, software development and sales, microscopy training, and research consultant.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s).

Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the certificate will be able to:

  • Acquire digital images on a variety of research-level digital optical microscopes, including motorized widefield fluorescence systems, a spectral imaging confocal and a spinning disk confocal.
  • Master diverse microscopy software programs for all four main brands of research optical microscopes.
  • Perform morphometric analysis.
  • Prepare specimens for live cell imaging.
  • Design experiments, critically analyze data, and report results.
  • Troubleshoot problems with the optics, hardware and software of the microscopes.
  • Assess and utilize new microscopy technologies.
  • Access employment in biotech, high tech and other growth fields.

Certificate of Proficiency Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
BIOSC 3 Fluorescence Microscopy in Bioscience 4
BIOSC 4 Microscopy Research Practicum 1-3
BIOSC 13 Research Design 1
BIOSC 14 Digital Imaging Software for Microscopy 1
BIOSC 15 Live-Cell Imaging 1
BIOSC 16 Confocal Microscopy Laboratory 2
Total Required Units for Certificate: 10-12

 

Optical Microscopy

CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY

The Optical Microscopy certificate program prepares students for entry-level jobs in bioscience microscopy and imaging, including in the biotech industry. A Certificate of Proficiency will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the courses specified below. The Certificate of Proficiency is not indicated on the student’s transcript.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s).

Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the certificate will be able to:

  • Confidently acquire digital images on a variety of research-level optical microscopes, including phase, DIC, and widefield epifluorescence.
  • Operate diverse microscopy software programs.
  • Prepare brightfield specimens for optical microscopy.
  • Execute basic cell and molecular biology lab tech-niques, including aseptic technique, following good lab practices.
  • Identify areas of the biotech industry that are relevant to their chosen career pathways.

Certificate of Proficiency Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
BIOSC 2 Theory and Practice of Optical Microscopy 5
BIOSC 5 Good Laboratory Practices 1
BIOSC 6 Survey of Biotech Industry 1
BIOSC 7 Practical Mammalian Cell Culture 1
BIOSC 8 Immunohistochemistry 1
BIOSC 10 Fluorescence Microscopy Laboratory 3-6
BIOSC 11 Laboratory Safety and Ethics .5
Total Required Units: 12.5-15.5

 

Illumina Hiseq DNA Sequencing

CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY

The Illumina HiSeq DNA Sequencing certificate program offers a unique opportunity to study DNA. The central emphasis of this certificate is the mastery of sample preparation and operation, and analysis of DNA using the Illumina HiSeq DNA Sequencer. A Certificate of Proficiency will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the courses specified below. The Certificate of Proficiency is not indicated on the student’s transcript.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s).

Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the certificate will be able to:

  • Prepare samples, operate all relevant devices, interpret data, and troubleshoot problems related to the Illumina HiSeq DNA Sequencer.
  • Design and complete an experiment using the Illumina HiSeq DNA Sequencer, interpret findings and participate in writing a report targeted for a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Certificate of Proficiency Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
BIOSC 30 Genomics Theory 4
BIOSC 32 Good Laboratory Practices in Genomics 1
BIOSC 33 Research Design in Genomics 1
BIOSC 34 Writing for the Scientific Journal 1
BIOSC 37 Principles of Long Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) 1
BIOSC 38 Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) 2
BIOSC 40 DNA Shearing Techniques for Shotgun Sequencing in Genomics 1
BIOSC 41 Microfluidic Electrophoresis 1
BIOSC 72 DNA Sequencing Using Bridge Amplification for the Illumina HiSeq 3
BIOSC 90 Internship in Genomics 1
Total Required Units for Certificate: 16