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Microscopy is the art and science of taking accurate, informative and often beautiful images using a microscope. Microscopes enable us to see into a world otherwise hidden from the naked eye. Today’s digital microscopes allow us to see into a world at the farthest edges of our curiosity.  It’s a golden age for microscopy, as fantastic new imaging tools are rapidly developed and implemented in a wide variety of scientific fields, which include biotechnology, biomedical and academic research, forensics, and materials science.


Fall 2024 Enrollment Now Open! Enroll in Bioscience 101 to get started with your training and bioscience career exploration.  Microscopy certificates require no prerequisites or previous experience in science!

Steps to getting started:
  1. Apply for Admission to Merritt College 
  2. Wait for an acceptance letter via email. Follow all instructions.
  3. Enroll in Bioscience 101 – Theory and Practice of Optical Microscopy
  4. Once accepted, meet with a general counselor for a student education plan.

The use of high-end microscopes has boomed in the modern world of biology. The Merritt Microscopy Program trains you in the practice and theory of cutting-edge microscopy. This gives you access to fulfilling careers in biotech and academic research.

The microscopy program prepares students for positions, including staff an imaging core, research lab technician, imaging specialist in a research lab or biotech company, imaging equipment sales consultant, and imaging product manager.

Graduates of the program also secure careers in software development and sales, microscopy training, and research consulting. biotech lab assistants in biotech, academic researchers, government researchers, imaging core assistants, and imaging equipment and software vendors as field applications, inside sales, technical support.

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Microscopy Certificates


Microscopy Courses