BTEC's Undergraduate Certificate in Biomanufacturing is designed both for NC State students and for persons from outside the University who wish to gain a recognized competence. NC State students whose schedule does not allow them to complete a minor in in biomanufacturing will find that the certificate supports their major and adds breadth to their education.
Biomanufacturing refers to the use of cells or other living microorganisms 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. Students from a wide variety of majors take BTEC courses in order to gain hands-on experience in a simulated-cGMP* environment to prepare them for rapidly growing fields in biomanufacturing.
*current Good Manufacturing Practice
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 12 credit hours is required to earn the undergraduate certificate. Review the three categories below to see how hours are allocated.
- Introductory Seminar Pertaining to Biomanufacturing (1 credit)
Course # Course Title Credit Hours BEC 220 Introduction to Drug Development and Careers in Biomanufacturing 1
- Base Biomanufacturing Sequence (2 credits)
All students must complete one of the following courses.
Course # Course Title Credit Hours BEC 330 Principles and Applications of Bioseparations 2 or BEC 463 Fermentation of Recombinant Microorganisms 2
- Electives (9 credits minimum)
Students must complete at least 9 credits of courses from the list below. Alternate courses may be accepted if relevant.
Course # Course Title Credit Hours
Industrial Microbiology and Bioprocessing
BCH 451 Principles of Biochemistry 4
Upstream Biomanufacturing Laboratory
Introduction to Downstream Process Development
Expression Systems in Biomanufacturing I
Expression Systems in Biomanufacturing II
Fundamentals of Bio-Nanotechnology
BEC/CHE 463 Fermentation of Recombinant Microorganisms
Global Regulatory Affairs for Medical Products
cGMP Fermentation Operations
Tissue Engineering Technologies
cGMP Downstream Operations
Animal Cell Culture Engineering
Biomanufacturing Research Projects
(2 credits maximum)
Manipulation of Recombinant DNA
Animal Cell Culture
Principles of Genetics (previously GN 411)
For more information
For additional information about this certificate program, contact:
Pa Nhia Moore
Manager, Student Programs