Biomedical Research (Certificate)

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The biomedical research certificate program combines authentic research experience conducted in laboratories of practicing academic scientists with upper-division coursework, including laboratory courses, that allow for specialization in given subject areas.

The biomedical research certificate program combines authentic research experience conducted in laboratories of practicing academic scientists with upper-division coursework, including laboratory courses, that allow for specialization in given subject areas.

Students gain competency in addressing scientific questions in the laboratory. The certificate prepares them to be highly competitive for careers in the research sector or to pursue graduate and professional schools, such as medical school.

The program is offered by the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

At A Glance

Biomedical Research (Certificate)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The certificate in biomedical research requires a minimum of 15 credit hours (at least 12 must be upper division). Twelve credit hours must be taken at ASU. Nine credit hours must be counted toward the certificate alone and may not be shared with a student's major requirements. Only courses in which a student received a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher may be used to meet certificate requirements.
Core Requirement -- 3 credit hours
Upper-Division Elective Requirements -- 8 credit hours
Other Certificate Requirements (choose one option below) -- 4 credit hours
Option A -- 4 credit hours
Option B -- 4 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Degree requirements

The biomedical certificate requires a minimum of 15 credit hours as outlined below.

Additional certificate requirements:

  • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher may be used to meet the certificate requirements.
  • 12 credit hours must be taken at ASU.
  • Nine credit hours must be counted toward the certificate alone and may not be shared with a student's BS or BA degree program.

Required Core Courses (3 credit hours)
STP 280 Probability and Statistics for Researchers (3)

Certificate Elective Courses (8 credit hours; select two course sets)
BCH 371 Modern Concepts in Biochemistry (3) AND BCH 372 Modern Concepts in Biochemistry Lab (1)
BIO 353 Cell Biology (3) AND BIO 354 Cell Biology Lab (1)
BIO 443 Applied Molecular Genetics and Genomics (3) AND LSC 447 Molecular Genetics Lab (1)
BIO 360 Animal Physiology (3) AND LSC 359 Animal Physiology Lab (1)
MIC 443 The Microbial Universe (3) AND MIC 444 The Microbial Universe Lab (1)

Other Certificate Requirements
LSC 499 Individualized Instruction (4)*
OR LSC 388 Research Fundamentals for the Natural Sciences (4)

*Students will register for LSC 499 Individualized Instruction (2) in two consecutive semesters for a total of four credit hours (2 credits per semester).

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment requirements

This certificate requires a cumulative GPA of 3.00 in ASU coursework and upper-division standing or graduate student status.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Career outlook

Students who complete the biomedical research certificate are well prepared for graduate school in the sciences, as well as careers such as laboratory researcher/technician, pharmacist, medical scientist, molecular and cellular biologist.

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