Bioscience Certificate (BSCC)


The Bioscience Certificate is designed for someone with a desire to learn the basics of the biotechnology field, either as an add-on to another degree or as a new career path.

The certificate curriculum contains less rigorous biology and chemistry requirements than the degree program, but has most of the same laboratory courses. Students learn genetic engineering, DNA forensics, aseptic technology and microbiology basics, protein isolation techniques, protein and DNA electrophoresis, PCR technology, and more.

Bioscience employees are expected to pay attention to cleanliness, detail, and protocol; have background in biology and science concepts; and have good communication skills. Graduates may be hired as laboratory assistants using equipment specific to the biotechnology field, or as technicians in bio-manufacturing industries.

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Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Perform procedures in pharmaceutical laboratories, research laboratories, or bio-manufacturing
  • Pursue additional education in biological or medical studies

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Biological Technician
  • Lab Assistant

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$39,750 median annual salary

Employment Outlook

Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing fields in Ohio, and several new biopharmaceutical manufacturing firms have opened in Southwest Ohio recently. The demand for qualified employees is high and this trend is expected to continue. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of biological technicians is projected to grow by 10 percent through 2022.

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Bioscience Certificate

All certificate-seeking students must complete a First Year Experience (FYE) course as part of the first 12 credit hours taken at Cincinnati State.

Program Prerequisites: MAT 150 Intermediate Algebra (minimum grade C) or appropriate placement test score, and IM 111 Computer Applications 1 or appropriate computer literacy placement test score.

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
BSC 105 Laboratory Skills for Bioscience 2 3 3
BSC 110 Biomanufacturing Workplace Regulations 3 0 3
BIO 111 Biology: Unity of Life 3 2 4
IM 120 Electronic Spreadsheets: Microsoft Excel 2 3 3
MAT 151 College Algebra 4 0 4
Semester 2      
CHE 110 Fundamentals of Chemistry 3 3 4
COMM 110 Public Speaking 3 0 3
BSC 115 Bioscience Laboratory Methods 2 3 3
BSC 280 Bioscience Capstone Project 0 4 2
Total Credits:   22 18 29


Program Chair
Aaron Greene, BS, MS
(513) 569-1679