This 29-credit curriculum is designed for college graduates with little or no background in biology who would like graduate school preparation in biotechnology. The course plan, designed in collaboration with the Department of Biological Sciences, is also useful for those interested in a career change, choosing to specialize in biotechnology, or planning to work in fields that interact with the biotechnology industry, such as business or law.

The curriculum provides students with the academic and laboratory experience required of applicants to the most competitive master’s programs in the field.

Students are required to maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 (B). Every course creditable toward the certificate must be taken for a letter grade. Courses with a grade below a C will not count toward the completion of the certificate.


The Biotechnology Certificate program includes courses in:

  • BIOL F2401. Contemporary Biology I (3 credits)
  • BIOL F2402. Contemporary Biology II (3 credits)
  • BIOT G4310. Intensive Laboratory in Biotechnology (6 credits)
  • BIOL W3031. Genetics (3.5 credits)
  • BIOL C3512. Molecular Biology (3 credits)

Depending on the applicant's background, the required curriculum may also include:

  • CHEM C1403. General Chemistry I (lecture: 3.5 credits)
  • CHEM C1404. General Chemistry II (lecture: 3.5 credits)
  • CHEM C3443. Organic Chemistry I (lecture: 3.5 credits)

Students may alter or substitute some courses with the approval of the Faculty Advisor.

Application Deadlines

International Students July 15
Domestic Students August 15
International Students November 15
Domestic Students January 5
Summer Session 1
International Students May 1
Domestic Students May 14
Summer Session 2
International Students June 1
Domestic Students June 25

Apply here for Fall or Spring. To apply for Summer, visit the Columbia Summer website.