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Biotechnology is one of the most in-demand career fields in the United States. Our certificate in biotechnology will position you to join this rapidly growing economic sector as a research associate or quality control associate with a pharmaceutical or agricultural company, academic institution, or government agency.

What You Will Learn

In the biotechnology certificate program, you will learn innovative biotechnical approaches by exploring concepts such as:

  • production of recombinant molecules, made possible through sponsorship by Origene
  • protein isolation, quantification, and electrophoresis in proteomics
  • design and optimization of PCR and RT-PCR applications
  • cell and tissue culture and transfection
  • bioinformatic database analyses of genomes, proteomics, and evolutionary relationships

What It’s Like to Pursue a Biotechnology Certificate at Ball State

We intentionally keep class sizes small in order to give you the personalized attention needed to excel. This also gives our faculty the opportunity for quality one-on-one interactions with students.

While pursuing your biotechnology certificate, you will have the opportunity to participate in a capstone internship within companies and academic institutions that commonly hire upon graduation. These direct workforce experiences will boost your resume and dramatically increase your marketability with employers.

Our program features instruction in professional development and research design/presentation. Most students become involved in exciting and current research projects. In addition to strong institutional support of the biotechnology certificate program, regional and national institutions, including Dow AgroSciences, Roche, Origene, and Eli Lilly & Co., generously have provided equipment, expendables, and reagents.

Our department is focused on providing numerous practical experiences for you. You can expect to participate in multi-disciplinary, hands-on projects using our state-of-the-art laboratories, equipment, and software.

In addition to the technology-based courses, you will enroll in a professional development course in which you will compile a curriculum vitae, view and self-assess individually recorded mock-interviews, and meet with professionals from the biotechnology field

Program Requirements


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 214 (Genetics) or BIO 215 (Cell Biology).
  • 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

What Can You Do with a Certificate in Biotechnology?

After completing the biotechnology certificate at Ball State, you might be hired as a research associate or into a quality control position by a pharmaceutical or agricultural company, academic institution, or government agency.

Employers of our recent graduates include:

  • Eli Lilly & Co.
  • Roche Diagnostics
  • Dow AgroSciences
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Research Foundation
  • Indiana University-Purdue University
  • The Indiana State Police
  • The Medical University of South Carolina
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Notre Dame University
  • The Department of Homeland Security

Increasingly, graduates of our program are being accepted into doctoral or professional programs to continue their studies, including the molecular and developmental biology graduate program at the University of Cincinnati, the Department of Biology at Cornell University, and the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Paying for Your Education

Biotechnology Forms

Download practicum evaluation forms, internship description forms, and more.

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Department Graduate Assistantships

A graduate assistantship is an excellent opportunity to gain meaningful professional experience while helping cover the costs of your degree. Learn more.

Ready to Apply? 

Are you interested in pursuing this degree? Then you will need to meet our admissions criteria and apply.

More Information

If you would like to learn more about this program or about Ball State Graduate School in general, please complete our online form to request more information. Or if you’d like to speak with someone in our department directly by phone or email, please contact us.

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Biotechnology Certificate Co-Directors, Dr. Eric "VJ" Rubenstein and Dr. Douglas Bernstein.

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.

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