The rapid explosion of genomic information available for a variety of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms has resulted in the interdisciplinary field of biotechnology contributing increasingly important roles in the study of a diverse array of biological, biomedical and engineering problems. To solve these problems, more biological and chemical scientists and engineers require familiarity with modern biochemical and molecular biology pathways, biotechnical applications and protocols to perform their professional duties more efficiently and to gain additional insight into the relevance and applications of biotechnology. The diverse array and magnitude of available biotechnology information challenges scientists to translate this data into new discoveries and applications in such areas as transgenic organisms, bioremediation, bioprocess development and the design of novel therapeutics. Whether the need is academic or professional, familiarity with modern biotechnology and recombinant DNA methods or molecular biological-based analyses has become an essential component of most biological-, biomedical- or bioengineering-oriented studies. This certificate provides both biological and chemical scientists and engineers with the necessary coursework for a broad understanding of the principles of biotechnology and their application to different biological, biomedical, chemical and engineering problems.

Course location/delivery

This Certificate is offered at the Tampa campus.

Admission requirements

Applicants must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, or its equivalent, in the biological sciences and have:

A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Quantitative and qualitative skills as demonstrated by completion of courses in biology and chemistry.
GRE scores can also be used to demonstrate qualitative and quantitative skills

Application process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.




Three core classes (7 semester hours)
*GMS 7930 - Introduction of Biotechnology (3)
*GMS 7930 - Principles of Molecular Medicine I (2)
*GMS 7930 - Principles of Molecular Medicine II (2)


Please select a minimum of five additional credits from the following list.
*BCH 6746 - Proteomics and Structural Biology (3)
*BCH 6135C - Methods in Molecular Biology (4)
*GMS 6847 - Translational Biotechnology (3)
*GMS 6012 - Basic Medical Genetics (3)
*GMS 7939 - Graduate Seminar (1)
*GMS 6943 - Biotechnology Forum  (1)

Time Limit for Completion of Certificate

Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, the approximate time to complete the Certificate is two years.

Credit toward graduate degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized tests

GRE testing is not required for admission to the certificate program. However, the GRE is required for admission to the graduate degree programs. International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


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Advisor: Michael Ramsamoj
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