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This program is designed to provide additional training and certification of the technical skills of majors in Biology, Marine Biology, Environmental Sciences and Chemistry. The emphasis on mastery of these skills will make students completing the certificate more competitive for graduate programs and careers in the biomedical research and the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.

Requirements for a Certificate in Biotechnology

Biology, Environmental Science, Marine Biology or Chemistry Majors will be eligible for a Certificate in Biotechnology by having a 3.0 GPA, filing an application, completing required courses, and completing an internship/research project. Internships can be conducted in research laboratories (academic institutions) biotechnology companies in New England and beyond. For successful completion of the Certificate in Biotechnology students will be expected to maintain a 3.0 GPA and take a comprehensive content and laboratory skills test. The certificate will be conferred only in conjunction with the awarding of a bachelor’s degree from Roger Williams University. Students pursuing the Certificate in Biotechnology must complete the following:
BIO 103 Biology I and Lab  
BIO 200 Genetics and Lab  
BIO 230 Microbiology and Lab  
BIO 231 Bioethics  
BIO 340 Biotechnology and Lab  
BIO 420/450 Research Internship / Independent Study  
CHEM 191 Principles of Chemistry I and Lab  
CHEM 192 Principles of Chemistry II and Lab  
And two (2) of the following laboratory courses
BIO 323 Developmental Biology and Lab  
BIO 325 Cell Biology and Lab  
BIO/COMSC 331 Bioinformatics and Lab  
BIO 370 Virology and Lab  
BIO/CHEM 390 Biochemistry I and Lab  
CHEM 311 Analytical Chemistry and Lab  
CHEM 312 Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Lab