Certificate Programs

Two NEW CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS BEGINNING MARCH 2020*

IF YOU HAVE THE TALENT, WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY 

*pending final approval from UNC Board of Governors in Spring 2020

 

1) GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

The Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Sciences offered by the Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) will provide students with core competencies or exposure to areas of study in the biomedical sciences to prepare them for professional biomedical schools including but not limited to medical, veterinary, and dental schools. In addition certificate students will be able to transfer credits into the departmental MS or PhD in Biology programs should they modify their career goals. Certificate students will choose from a number of course offerings ithat will expose them to broad areas of anatomy and physiology; biochemical principles and metabolic pathways; microbiology, immunology, and infection; embryology, cell biology, and development. Students will have the opportunity to take up to 3 credit hrs of BIOL 6901 Mentored Non-Thesis Laboratory Research providing one-on-one work with a faculty member in an area of interest. Requests for related courses and substitutions may be approved at the discretion of the Certificate Director and Graduate Programs Director. This Graduate Certificate will meet University and

Admission Requirements


  • A bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8 (based on a 4.0 scale) on all previous work completed beyond high school (secondary school)
  • An online application through the Graduate School’s application system
  • A statement of purpose
  • Unofficial transcripts of all college coursework attempted
  • Official and satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), if English is not the applicant’s native language and he or she has not earned a post-secondary degree from a U.S. institution
  • No GRE is required.

Certificate Requirements


The Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Sciences requires completion of 15 credit hours of elective courses in biomedical sciences selected from the list below. A maximum of 3 credit hours in BIOL 6901 may be used for the certificate.

Additional Notes


  • The Certificate will be awarded upon completion of the courses for 15 or more credit hours, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Only one grade of C may be counted toward the Certificate. 
  • The 15 required credit hours must be completed within four years of study starting from the time the first course is taken.
  • Courses taken for one graduate certificate may not be counted toward another graduate certificate.
  • Up to 6 credit hours of graduate coursework taken as post-baccalaureate status at UNC Charlotte may be applied toward the Certificate.
  • Credit hours earned in the Certificate program may be applied to the Master’s or Doctoral program in Biology pursued either in conjunction with or after the certificate has been awarded subject to admission to that graduate program.

 

2) GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN BIOTECHNOLOGY

The Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology offered by the Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) will provide students with core competencies and exposure to areas of study in biotechnology to prepare them for the workforce and higher education. The Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology is a multi-disciplinary program designed to combine advanced discipline-specific course work with activities that develop communication and technical skills that are highly valued by employers in the biotechnology industry. Successful completion of the Certificate Program will provide students with a solid foundation for success through practical experience gained via internships in laboratories on campus or in local industry. The Certificate Program will also cultivate an awareness of ethical, policy, and management issues related to the biotechnology industry. The faculty and staff of the Certificate Program will assist students toward achieving their greatest academic, personal, and professional potential through quality courses and instruction.

Admission Requirements


  • A bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Evidence of sufficient undergraduate preparation in biology with a minimum of 12 credit hours in biology
  • A minimum of 12 credit hours of related study (preferably at least one semester of Organic Chemistry and one semester of Statistics)
  • GPA of at least 2.8 (based on a 4.0 scale) on all previous complete work beyond high school (secondary school)
  • An online application through the Graduate School’s application system
  • A statement of purpose
  • Unofficial transcripts of all college coursework attempted
  • Official and satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language Test (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), if English is not the applicant’s native language and if he or she has not earned a post-secondary degree from a U.S. institution
  • No GRE is required.

Certificate Requirements


The Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology requires 15 credit hours with 9 credit hours of Biological Sciences courses selected from the list below, 3 credit hours of Bioinformatics or Chemistry courses selected from the list below,  1 credit hour Professional Development seminar, and 2 credit hours Research Internship.

Seminar Course (1 credit hour)


Research Internship (2 credit hours)


Participate in 2 credit hours of a biotechnology-based research internship:

Additional Notes


  • The Certificate will be awarded upon completion of the courses for 15 or more credit hours, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. 
  • Only one grade of C may be counted toward the Certificate. 
  • The 15 required credit hours must be completed within four years of study starting from the time the first course is taken. 
  • Courses taken for one graduate certificate may not be counted toward another graduate certificate. 
  • Up to 6 credit hours of graduate coursework taken as post-baccalaureate status at UNC Charlotte may be applied toward the Certificate. 
  • Credit hours earned in the Certificate program may be applied to the Master’s or Doctoral program in Biology pursued either in conjunction with or after the certificate has been awarded subject to admission to that graduate program.