What is Microscopy?
Microscopy is the specialized training in the use of high end microscopes! These imaging systems, including widefield fluorescence and confocal microscopes, are complex, finicky, powerful instruments. Their use is exploding in biomedical fields, biotech companies and academic research labs.

When is the Microscopy Program offered?
Currently it’s being offered in the Fall of 2018 and in the Spring and Summer 2019. The Certificate Program consists of night/weekend courses for 2 semesters, plus a summer internship. Our students are training to operate a variety of microscopes, including a confocal microscope.

Who would be interested in the Microscopy Program?
You! This field is especially suited to you if you are curious, organized, hard working, patient, resourceful, and you have decent manual dexerity. It’s also suited for those who enjoy computers and high-tech equipment, love images, working with your hands, discovery, and a well-paying job with great advancement potential and job satisfaction.

How do I sign up?
Sign up for Bioscience 20, Emerging Technologies in Microscopy. It will allow you to explore the type of work and career options in this field. If you decide to pursue the Certificate, you simply sign up for the Certificate courses. If you don’t have a science background, it is recommended that you take Bio10 which focuses on microscopy. Other relevant skills and courses include: expository writing, computer science, physics, chemistry, algebra. All of the courses for the certificate will be held at night and on weekends. The summer internship is flexible and can be scheduled around your regular work schedule.

COURSES: You take 12 units of specialized courses each semester. You will receive a strong foundation in the theory and practice of microscopy, along with a focus on the process of biological research. The majority of the work is project-based, and you will have extensive hands-on training on our systems.

INTERNSHIP: You pick your internship according to your career interests. We have a standing internship program at a research station in Costa Rica, an ongoing research project in collaboration with UC Berkeley into the early development of marine snail embryos, plus many other opportunities in the Bay Area and around the world!

JOBS: You can work in biotech, government and academic research labs, imaging cores, in sales or field service positions with equipment companies.

Email Feather Ives for more info: fives@peralta.edu