Certificate in Basic Bioscience

Gain In-Depth Knowledge on Effective Drug Development


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 11 months
  • Class Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $12,320 (estimated)

Next start date

September 27, 2017

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About this Program

In this four-course certificate program, we’ll investigate the foundational science behind drug development, and learn about the latest development and manufacturing techniques used in the pharmaceutical industry. You’ll examine the fundamental molecular and cellular processes in organisms and the molecular structure-function relationship. We’ll study how major human organ systems work and the ways that different diseases affect them. We’ll also explore how the industry is structured and how a new drug is developed and brought to market. 

Designed for

Professionals who work in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and related fields.

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What you'll learn

  • Molecular and cellular processes that occur in living organisms, such as the structure and organization of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
  • Processes related to DNA replication, gene expression and regulation, protein biochemistry, signal transduction and the extracellular matrix
  • The mechanisms by which selected pharmaceuticals treat or cure diseases
  • Key factors involved in the transformation of small molecules, proteins and genes into therapeutic products
  • Tasks and steps for taking a potential pharmaceutical agent from lab bench to market release

Earn Credit Toward Your Master’s Degree

By completing this certificate program, you can earn up to 12 credits toward degree requirements should you later be accepted into the Master of Pharmaceutical Bioengineering. To use these credits, you must obtain graduate nonmatriculated status before you register for the first course of the certificate program. 

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

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Learning Formats


Courses are offered 100 percent online. The flexible online format allows you to access course content wherever you are. Lessons, assignments and other course materials are delivered through a Web-based learning management system, such as Canvas or Moodle, which also serves as a hub for communicating with your instructors and classmates. You are expected to complete assignments by their due dates. Some online class sessions require real-time attendance and participation, while others are prerecorded and can be viewed at any time.


Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.

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Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.

Not available for this program