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Graduate Certificates

Graduate students and working professionals can now earn a new credential to kick-start or advance their career in the biopharmaceutical industry. Applications are currently being accepted for two new BTEC graduate certificate programs. The Upstream Biomanufacturing and Downstream Biomanufacturing graduate certificates offer NC State graduate students* and working professionals the opportunity for hands-on learning in BTEC’s industry-scale simulated cGMP facilities.

Each certificate requires 12 hours of graduate coursework, which can be transferred to the Master of Biomanufacturing program. The majority of BTEC’s graduate courses are offered in the evening or online to better accommodate working professionals.

Required and elective courses are listed below. For your reference, download the BTEC Graduate Certificates Course Checklist (Excel spreadsheet).

Upstream Biomanufacturing Graduate Certificate

Core Courses

(9 credits required)

  • CHE 563 – Fermentation of Recombinant Microorganisms (small-scale fermentation, 2 credits)
  • BBS 526 – Upstream Biomanufacturing Laboratory (intermediate-scale fermentation, 2 credits)
  • BEC 580 – cGMP Fermentation Operations (industry-scale fermentation, 2 credits)
  • BEC 577 – Advanced Biomanufacturing and Biocatalysis (3 credits)

Elective Courses

(Minimum of 3 credits required)

  • BEC 440 – Expression Systems in Biomanufacturing (3 credits)
    or
    BIT 510 – Core Technologies in Molecular and Cellular Biology (4 credits)
  • BEC 488 – Cell Culture Engineering (2 credits)
  • BEC 575 – Global Regulatory Affairs (3 credits)
  • BIT 566 –Animal Cell Culture Techniques (2 credits)
  • MBA 554 – Project Management (3 credits)
    or
    ISE 589 – Project Management for Engineers (3 credits)

Downstream Biomanufacturing Graduate Certificate

Core Courses

(9 credits required)

  • BEC 532 – Biological Processing Science (small-scale purification, 2 credits)
  • BEC 536 – Introduction to Downstream Process Development (intermediate-scale purification, 2 credits)
  • BEC 585 – cGMP Downstream Operations (industry-scale purification, 2 credits)
  • BEC 575 – Global Regulatory Affairs (3 credits)

Additional Courses

(Minimum of 3 credits required)

  • BEC 515 – Biopharmaceutical Product Characterization Techniques (2 credits)
  • BEC 577 – Advanced Biomanufacturing and Biocatalysis (3 credits)
  • CHE 752 – Separation Processes for Biological Materials (3 credits)
  • MBA 554 – Project Management (3 credits)
    or
    ISE 589 – Project Management for Engineers (3 credits)

Admission Requirements

To enroll in either certificate program, applicants must meet the following conditions:

  1. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in science or an engineering discipline.
  2. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or have completed a 500-level BTEC (BEC) course with a grade of B- or better.
  3. Applicants must apply through the NC State Graduate School.

*NC State graduate students enrolled in a Ph.D., MS, or MR (non-thesis based, classroom-only master’s) program can apply for the BTEC graduate certificates.