Biotechnology students.

Program Overview

Quick Facts

  • Delivery: On Campus
  • Credits:
    • Undergraduate: 15-20
    • Graduate: 16
  • Typical Time to Completion: 1-2 years
  • Faculty are supported by over $4 million in external grants

Ball State’s Biotechnology Certificate will position you to contribute to life science technologies that improve the world, including life-saving medications and nutrition-enhancing crop interventions. Students who complete this hands-on training program are launched into careers in the biotechnology workforce, academia, or the public sector and are highly successful at gaining admission for advanced graduate study.

The Biotechnology Certificate provides courses and hands-on laboratory experiences with world-class faculty. Our students work with cutting-edge equipment in state-of-the-art facilities, rivaling those of larger institutions and elite scientific companies.

What You Will Learn

Students receive training in:

  • molecular biology
  • CRISPR genome editing
  • cell imaging technology
  • tissue culture
  • protein analysis
  • mass spectrometry
  • animal handling
  • bioinformatics
  • data analysis
  • experiment design
  • scientific communication

Launching Your Career

~95% of students who complete the Biotechnology Certificate find employment in biotechnology workforce, academia, or the public sector or are successful in being admitted for advanced graduate study.

Small Class Sizes with Relevant Instruction

The Biotechnology Certificate Program provides courses and hands-on laboratory experiences and research opportunities that will prepare you for success in industry, academia, or the public sector. Our program also features instruction in professional development and research design and presentation. Class sizes are kept small to give you personalized attention from faculty who are world-class experts in their disciplines.

Hands-On Research Experiences and Internships

While pursuing your biotechnology certificate, you will have the opportunity to participate in a research experience in a faculty member’s research lab or complete an internship in an academic or corporate scientific environment. These scientific experiences will boost your resume and dramatically increase your marketability with employers and advanced graduate programs.

Biotechnology Faculty Research Mentors and their research interests include



You are eligible to enroll in the Ball State biotechnology program if you meet these requirements:

  • You are an undergraduate in your last two years of study
  • You have earned your bachelor’s degree and want to add the certificate as a non-degree-seeking student, and you understand coursework will not count toward a degree
  • You have earned your bachelor’s degree and want to include the biotechnology program as part of a master’s degree. This option requires at least two extra courses, including a thesis for those seeking a master of science.

Program Requirements

  • You must have recently earned a B- or higher in BIO 215 (Cell Biology). In some circumstances (e.g. outstanding performance in comparable or more advanced coursework), this requirement may be waived.
  • You must complete all seven biotech courses as well as two electives and 1-6 hours of the non-formal courses which include an internship.
  • You must earn a C (2.0) grade or better in each course and maintain at least a 2.5-grade point average for all courses in the program.



The courses you will take to complete the Biotechnology Certificate are:

  • BIOT 490 – Introduction to Recombinant DNA and RNA Techniques (3)
  • BIOT 491 – Theory and Applications of the Polymerase Chain Reaction (3)
  • BIOT 492 – Protein Isolation and Analysis (3)
  • BIOT 494 – Cell Culture Techniques (2)
  • BIO 448 – Biometry (3)

Other Requirements

1-6 credits from:

  • BIO 369 – Internship in Biology
  • BIO 394 – Practicum in Biology
  • BIO 498 – Undergraduate Research
  • Other approved courses

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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The courses you will take to complete the biotechnology program are:

  • BIOT 590 – Introduction to Recombinant DNA and RNA Techniques (3)
  • BIOT 591 – Theory and Applications of the Polymerase Chain Reaction (3)
  • BIOT 592 – Protein Isolation and Analysis (3)
  • BIOT 594 – Cell Culture Techniques (2)
  • BIOT 695 - DNA Sequencing in Bioinformatics (3)
  • BIOT 693 – Professional Development in Biotechnology (1)

Other Requirements

1-6 credits from:

  • BIO 669 – Internship in Biology
  • BIO 697 – Research in Biology
  • RES 697 – Research Paper
  • THES 698 – Thesis

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Graduate Catalog.

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Cutting-Edge Technology

A student places RNA molecules on the Typhoon scanner

The Chemistry Department received a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation award to purchase a state-of-the-art laser-based scanning platform Typhoon-5TM.

The Typhoon-5TM is a super high resolution and sensitivity molecular imager that is commonly used in high-quality labs to do a wide variety of biological, biochemical, and chemical analyses. The Typhoon-5TM is expected to make research and training impact to at least seven faculty members from chemistry and biology departments and more than 100 undergraduates each year for chemistry, microbiology, cell biology, and organic chemistry labs. Faculty and students will utilize the Typhoon-5TM to examine protein quantification, RNA molecules, drug molecules, and radioactive molecules, and many more. 

Associate professor of chemistry, Dr. Emil Khisamutdinov said, “the new biomolecular imaging platform is a “must-to-have” equipment in any modern biochemical facility, as it allows not only to perform quantitative and qualitative analysis of various types of biomolecules but also serves as an imperative tool to develop light-emitting biomarkers and RNA-based diagnostic probes.”

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Take the Next Step

Do you want to learn more about our program or have questions about the application process or financial aid? We’re here to help! If you’d like to speak directly to someone in our department, please feel free to call or email us. For questions about academic course plans or course substitutions, please contact Dr. Eric "VJ" Rubenstein. For questions about applying for the biotechnology certificate and questions about internships, practicum, and research opportunities, please contact Dr. Douglas Bernstein.

If you are an undergraduate student who wishes to pursue the biotechnology certificate program as an undergraduate, you will need to follow these steps to apply for admission to the program.


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