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Topics in Biology Graduate Certificate

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Deepen your understanding of advanced concepts in the field of biology.

Students with a background in the life sciences can learn new scientific approaches and explore cutting-edge topics.

What You'll Learn

This certificate enables you to focus on topics most interesting to you. You might choose to:

  • Explore cutting-edge topics in the areas of proteomics, genomics, epigenetics, and immunology.
  • Gain insight on the science behind vaccine development, epidemiological principles, and microbes to better understand public health crises.
  • Learn the pathophysiology of medical disorders such as diabetes, heart disease, and infertility.
  • Understand the role of stem cells in terms of molecular, cellular, and potential therapeutic properties.
  • Understand the neuroanatomy of pain, emotions, and psychiatric illnesses.

Earning Your Certificate

To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:

  • Complete the four certificate courses for graduate credit.
  • Earn at least a B grade in each course.
  • Complete the courses within three years.

Learn more about pursuing a certificate and the process of requesting your certificate.

Prerequisite Experience

  • Prior studies in the life sciences (biology and chemistry) at the level of at least BIOS 1A/BIOS 1B and CHEM 1A/CHEM 1B is assumed.

Certificate Courses

The liberal arts graduate certificate Topics in Biology requires four courses.

You may choose any four courses from the Topics in Biology certificate course group, using the certificate course search.

Courses taken before the 2019-2020 academic year do not apply toward this certificate.

Ready to take the next step?

You can enroll in your first course in the:

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall

See the schedules in the academic calendar.

Search For Courses

To find courses that apply toward the certificate use DCE Course Search and Registration:

  • Under Search Classes, scroll to Browse by Degree, Certificate, or Premedical Program.
  • Select Graduate Certificates.
  • Choose Topics in Biology Graduate Certificate to explore program courses.


Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2022–23 rate) $3,100 per 4-credit course ($775 per credit)
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $12,400