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Bioscience Certificate (BSCC)


The Bioscience Certificate is designed for students interested in exploring a new career path in a biotechnological setting.

Graduates who earn the Bioscience Certificate along with the Associate of Science degree (or who previously completed an Associate of Science or Bachelor of Science degree with focus in biological science) are prepared for employment opportunities as laboratory assistants or technicians in a wide range of settings.

Possible assignments include roles in the private sector biotechnology industry and academic-based biological research institutions.

Students who earn the Bioscience Certificate gain experience in laboratory safety, regulations, skills, and methodology as well as competencies in creating standard operating procedures, maintaining records, analyzing data, and other skills.

Topics covered in the certificate include genetic engineering, forensics, protein purification, animal models, electrophoresis technology, and PCR (polymerase chain reaction).

Employees in biological science and biotechnology fields are expected to pay close attention to detail, understand and follow experimental or manufacturing protocols, maintain clean environments, solve problems related to experimentation or manufacturing issues, and analyze data to draw conclusions and adjust procedures.

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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 Technician
  • Lab Assistant
  • Research 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 biomanufacturing manufacturing firms have opened in Southwest Ohio recently. Also, Greater Cincinnati is home to several academic programs and research organizations related to biotechnology, reflecting a demand that is expected to continue for qualified employees in biological research. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of biological technicians is projected to grow by 10 percent through 2022.


Effective 2020-2021 academic year

Bioscience Certificate

Program Prerequisites: BIO 131, CHE 121, and CHE 131
Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
BSC 115 Bioscience Skills and Regulations 3 3 4
BIO 220 Microbiology 2 3 3
Semester 2      
BSC 205 Molecular Genetics Laboratory 2 6 5
BSC 150 Scientific Literacy for Bioscience 2 0 2
Semester 3      
BSC 210 Protein Purification and Analysis 2 6 5
BSC X9X Bioscience Cooperative Education Elective 2 40 2
Total Credits:   13 58 21


Bioscience Cooperative Education Elective (take 2 credits)  
BSC 191 Part-Time Cooperative Education 1: Bioscience 1
BSC 192 Part-Time Cooperative Education 2: Bioscience 1
BSC 291 Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Bioscience 2

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.
G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum


Program Chair
Milene Donlin, MS MPH CHES
(513) 569-1679
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