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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 http://www.assist.org/

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)