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Program Requirements

Program Prerequisites

A combination of experience and academic preparation in Biology and Chemistry is necessary for success in this program. At minimum, you need to have completed the following courses or their equivalent:

  • CHEM 150 General Chemistry
  • CHEM 201/202 Organic Chemistry
  • BIOL 210 Intro. to Cellular & Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 211 Intro. to Organismal & Population Biology

Note: Program prerequisite courses or their equivalent may be completed via Open University, at community colleges, or at other universities. For information about equivalent courses, visit

Certificate Requirements 

The BLTC program comprises five courses for a total of 16 credit units. Each course must be completed with a grade of "C" or better; less than a "C" requires a repetition of the course. The five courses, comprising 16 credit units, are fully transferable academic units and also may be counted toward the CSUSM Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology.

  • BIOT 355 Molecular Biotechnology (4)
  • BIOT 356 Cellular Biotechnology (4)
  • BIOT 357 Foundations of Biotechnology (2)
  • BIOT 358 Computer Skills for Biotechnology (3)
  • CHEM 341 Introduction to Biochemistry (3)