Certificate in Basic Bioscience

Gain In-Depth Knowledge on Effective Drug Development

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Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 11 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $12,880

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.

Quarter 2

Pathophysiology

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings