Biomedical Science


The one-year Graduate Certificate Program in Biomedical Sciences (BISC) is composed of 12 graduate credits that will have to be earned through four required courses plus two elective credits. The courses cover topics in the biomedical sciences, statistics, R programming, plus an elective science course. Furthermore students will be required to attend a course on Case Studies in Responsible Conduct of Research.

All these courses are an integral part of the Master's Program in Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology. Therefore, if a graduate certificate student would later like to enter the Master's Program in Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology, all certificate credits can be transferred into that program.

Learning Objectives

  1. Apply principles of experimental design and problem solving in four focus areas of biomedical sciences.
  2. Employ basic tools of R programming.
  3. Classify data and use statistical tools to test hypotheses.
  4. Recognize and manage ethical challenges related to the responsible conduct of research.

Required Courses

BSBT 6072 | Foundations in Biochemistry, 1.5 credits, fall      

BSBT 6073 | Foundations in Molecular Biology, 1.5 credits, fall      

BSBT 6074 | Foundations in Cell Biology, 1.5 credits, fall      

BSBT 6075 | Foundations in Genetics, 1.5 credits, fall      

These four courses are taught sequentially one after the other, and students should enroll in all four courses in the Fall semester.

BSBT 6065 | Case Studies in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) , 1 credit, Spring

BSBT 6067 | Statistics for Biomedical Sciences, 2 credits, Spring

BSBT 6071 | R Programming or BSBT 6113 Data Science with R, 1 credit, Spring

Science elective (from selected list) | 2 credits, Any Semester

Students who can demonstrate proficiency in any of the subject areas of the required courses can propose a course replacement.

Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelors degree from an accredited institution.
  • Official Transcripts sent to the Graduate School at
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 is recommended
  • Prerequisite training: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Two letters of support addressing the applicant's academic abilities


Spring: Application opens August 1 and closes December 15

Fall: Application opens December 1 and closes July 15

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