The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected employment of biological scientists, who work largely for universities and government laboratories, to increase 21 percent from 2008-2018. The BLS noted that biotechnology in particular has driven research and development job growth. The BLS also expected employment for scientists, who work in scientific research and development firms, to increase due to the growth of biotechnology. These scientist jobs were projected to increase 40 percent from 2008-2018, according to the BLS.

Innovative Preparation

According to the American Chemical Society, biotechnology, in the broadest sense, involves the use of living organisms or cell processes to make useful products. Biotechnology is the field making daily headlines as new biotechnology advances and analytical techniques are unlocking the mysteries of human disease and leading to the development of numerous therapeutic agents and other "biologic" products.

Program Fact Sheet 

Required Preparation

The rapid pace of biotechnology research and development has led to explosive growth in the biochemical and bioanalytical techniques necessary to carry out this work. The biotechnology industry involves drug development, human and animal nutrition, agricultural chemicals, biodefense and environmental protection. For instance, biotechnology processes/bioanalytical methods have had a profound impact in the development of therapies for human illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. Scientists possessing biotechnology and bioanalytical skills will undoubtedly be highly sought after to participate in the discovery, development, purification and analytical assessment of biological components and processes. The certificate in biotechnology and bioanalysis is offered to students who wish to supplement their preparation in a major discipline with additional course work in the interdisciplinary field of biotechnology. This certificate is especially valuable for those students planning a career in industry, government or academia and those students pursuing graduate studies in the life or chemical sciences.

The Biotechnology and Bioanalysis Certificate requires students to complete the following prerequisites: 

College Chemistry I and II (with lab),

College Biology I and II (with lab),

Organic Chemistry I and II (with lab),

Analytical Chemistry (with lab),

Microbiology (with lab),

Cell or Molecular Biology (with lab).

These prerequisite courses may be satisfied as part of general education requirements and/or as course requirements for various academic majors.

Certificate Requirements

The following courses must be taken at the upper division level for the certificate:

BIOL   4530  Biotechnology (2)

BIOL   4531  Biotechnology (1)

CHEM 4331  Biochemistry (3)

CHEM 4332  Biochemistry Lab (1)

CHEM 4333  Analytical Biochemistry (2)

CHEM 4334  Analytical Biochemistry Lab (1)

CHEM 4335  Introduction to Bioinformatics (1)

CHEM 4631  Mass Spectrometry of Peptides (1)

Other courses as approved by academic advisor.

Total - 12 credit hours

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the university requirements for a certificate found in the GSU catalog. Please meet with your faculty or academic advisor after admission to complete your study plan. 

Advisor Information

Walter Henne
Assistant Professor