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Bioscience Certificate (BSCC)


The Bioscience Certificate is designed for students pursuing an Associate of Science degree who also want to explore a career path in the biotechnology industry.

The Bioscience Certificate curriculum is aligned with employer needs for technicians who are familiar with evolving technologies. The certificate also provides foundational skills for conducting academic research.

Students who earn the Bioscience Certificate gain experience in aseptic technique, genetic engineering, DNA forensics, protein isolation, DNA electrophoresis technology, and PCR (polymerase chain reaction).

Employees in biotechnology fields are expected to pay close attention to detail, follow detailed protocols, and have the ability to work in clean environments. Employment opportunities for graduates include working as laboratory assistants or technicians in a wide range of industries such as food and flavor testing, pharmaceutical production, microbiological analysis, water quality analysis, and sample management.

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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 Prerequisite: AFM 097 (minimum grade C) or appropriate placement test score

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
BSC 108 Bioscience Skills and Regulations 3 3 4
BIO 111 Biology: Unity of Life 3 2 4
MAT 151 College Algebra 4 0 4
ENG 101 English Composition 1 3 0 3
Semester 2      
CHE 110 Fundamentals of Chemistry 3 3 4
BSC 115 Bioscience Laboratory Methods 2 3 3
BIO 115 Human Genetics 3 0 3
BSC 280 Bioscience Capstone Project 0 4 2
COMM 110 Public Speaking 3 0 3
Total Credits:   24 15 30

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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