Overview

The Bioscience Certificate is designed for students interested in exploring a new career path in a biotechnological setting.

Graduates who earn the Bioscience Certificate along with the Associate of Science degree (or who previously completed an Associate of Science or Bachelor of Science degree with focus in biological science) are prepared for employment opportunities as laboratory assistants or technicians in a wide range of settings.

Possible assignments include roles in the private sector biotechnology industry and academic-based biological research institutions.

Students who earn the Bioscience Certificate gain experience in laboratory safety, regulations, skills, and methodology as well as competencies in creating standard operating procedures, maintaining records, analyzing data, and other skills.

Topics covered in the certificate include genetic engineering, forensics, protein purification, animal models, electrophoresis technology, and PCR (polymerase chain reaction).

Employees in biological science and biotechnology fields are expected to pay close attention to detail, understand and follow experimental or manufacturing protocols, maintain clean environments, solve problems related to experimentation or manufacturing issues, and analyze data to draw conclusions and adjust procedures.

Related Programs

Associate of Science (ASCI)

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Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Perform procedures in pharmaceutical laboratories, research laboratories, or bio-manufacturing.
  • Pursue additional education in biological or medical studies.

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Biological Technician
  • Lab Assistant
  • Research Assistant

Graduate Employment Outlook

Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing fields in Ohio, and several new biopharmaceutical manufacturing firms have opened in Southwest Ohio recently. The demand for qualified employees is high and this trend is expected to continue. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of biological technicians is projected to grow by 10 percent through 2022.

$39,750 median annual salary

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Education Options

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Site

  • New program, co-op sites are being established

Curriculum

Effective 2020-2021 academic year

Bioscience Certificate (BSCC)

Program Prerequisites: BIO 131, CHE 121, and CHEM 131

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
BSC 115 Introduction to Bioscience 2 3 3
BIO 220 Microbiology 2 3 3
Semester 2
BSC 205 Molecular Genetics Laboratory 2 6 5
BSC 150 Scientific Literacy for Bioscience 2 0 2
Semester 3
BSC 210 Protein Purification and Analysis 2 6 5
BSC X9X Bioscience Cooperative Education Elective 2 40 2
Total Credits: 12 58 20

 Electives

Bioscience Cooperative Education Elective (Take 2 credits)
BSC 191 Part-Time Cooperative Education 1: Bioscience 1
BSC 192 Part-Time Cooperative Education 2: Bioscience 1
BSC 291 Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Bioscience 2

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