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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Biomanufacturing is designed to allow persons with an interest in biomanufacturing to gain NC State transcript recognition for completing this academic certificate program. Anyone holding a bachelor's degree, whether from NC State or another institution, is eligible to enroll.

Biomanufacturing refers to the use of cells or other living organisms to produce commercially viable products. Vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, and proteins for medicinal use are all produced by biomanufacturing. Other examples include amino acids, industrial enzymes, biofuels, and biochemicals for consumer and industrial applications. Biomanufacturing is an interdisciplinary field incorporating aspects of chemical engineering, biochemistry, and microbiology.

Requirements

The following prerequisite must be completed with a grade of C- or better prior to taking courses for the post-baccalaureate certificate. Depending upon an applicant's background and experience, this prerequisite may be waived.

Course # Course Title Credit Hours
BIO 183 Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology 4

A minimum of 13 credit hours is required to earn the post-baccalaureate certificate. Review the four categories below to see how hours are allocated.

  1. Basic microbiology laboratory skills (1 credit minimum)
    Any of the following courses fulfill the requirement for basic microbiology laboratory skills. (Student transcripts will note all credit hours earned.)
    Course # Course Title Credit Hours
    BEC 363 Foundations of Recombinant Microorganisms for Biomanufacturing 2
    BIT 410 Manipulation of Recombinant DNA 4
    MB 352 General Microbiology Laboratory 1
    MB 354 Inquiry-Guided Microbiology Lab 1
  2. Base biomanufacturing sequence (4 credits)
    Course # Course Title Credit Hours
    BEC 330 Principles and Applications of Bioseparations 2
    BEC/CHE 463 Fermentation of Recombinant Microorganisms 2
  3. Biomanufacturing specialization (4 credits)
    Students must complete a two-course specialization sequence focused on either upstream or downstream operations. Course selections are listed below.

    Upstream operations
    Course # Course Title Credit Hours
    BEC 426 Upstream Biomanufacturing Laboratory 2
    BEC 480 cGMP Fermentation Operations 2
    Downstream operations
    Course # Course Title Credit Hours
    BEC 436 Introduction to Downstream Process Development 2
    BEC 485 cGMP Downstream Operations 2
  4. Electives (4 credits minimum)
    Students must complete at least 4 credits of courses from the list below. Courses used to fulfill the biomanufacturing specialization (see section above) may not be counted toward this requirement. Alternate courses may be accepted if relevant.
    Course # Course Title Credit Hours

    BAE(BBS) 425

    Industrial Microbiology and Bioprocessing

    3

    BCH 351

    General Biochemistry

    4

    BCH 451 Principles of Biochemistry  

    BEC 426

    Upstream Biomanufacturing Laboratory

    2

    BEC 436

    Downstream Processing of Biomaterials

    2

    BEC 440

    Expression Systems in Biomanufacturing I

    3

    BEC 441

    Expression Systems in Biomanufacturing II

    3

    BEC/CHE 462

    Fundamentals of Bio-Nanotechnology

    3

    BEC 475

    Global Regulatory Affairs for Medical Products

    3

    BEC 480

    cGMP Fermentation Operations

    2

    BEC/BME 483

    Tissue Engineering Technologies

    2

    BEC 485

    cGMP Downstream Operations

    2

    BEC 488

    Animal Cell Culture Engineering

    2

    BEC 497

    Biomanufacturing Research Projects

    (2 credits maximum)

    BIT 410

    Manipulation of Recombinant DNA

    4

    BIT 466

    Animal Cell Culture

    2

    GN 311

    Principles of Genetics (previously GN 411)

    4

For more information

For additional information about this certificate program, contact Winnell Newman, BTEC's manager of student programs, at 919-515-0213 or winnell_newman@ncsu.edu.