College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2018-2019

Department of Biological Sciences

Biotechnology, Undergraduate Certificate

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2022

The certificate program is designed to instruct students in basic practices of biotechnology, such as laboratory work, identification, isolation, analysis, research methods and equipment, toxicological precautions, etc.


What Can I Do with a Certificate in Biotechnology?

This certificate will help students develop the necessary skills to collect, interpret, and critically analyze scientific data, as it relates to the promising field of Biotechnology. Students will become familiar with the issues and controversies surrounding biotechnology, such as its implications for agriculture, poverty, fuel production, environmental studies, government, and economics.

University Requirements

  • To receive an undergraduate certificate (at least 15 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.

    Please be aware that federal financial aid is not available for some certificates, if the certificate is pursued and completed as a stand-alone certificate (i.e., not completed concurrently with a degree program). See the "Details" tab for additional information.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 23 - 25
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Research Required


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • Students must be accepted into the Biotechnology Certificate Program between the sophomore and junior year. Contact the Biology Office for details.
Certificate Requirements
  • This certificate may only be pursued and completed concurrently with a degree program. This certificate is not available as a stand-alone certificate.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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