To ensure full consideration, applications and recommendations must be received by February 1. However, we will accept applications until we fill all 16 spots.

To apply to the program, fill out and submit the certificate application form AND have three references fill out and submit the biotech recommendation form. Have the recommendation forms sent to Dr. Susan McDowell, Dept. of Biology, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, 47306, or placed in Dr. McDowell’s mailbox in the Department of Biology office at Cooper Life 121. The recommendation form can also be scanned and emailed to Dr. McDowell at

Original transcripts of all previous graduate and undergraduate coursework must also be submitted.

For questions regarding the online Department of Biology application for the Biotechnology Certificate, please contact the Director, Dr. Susan McDowell.

If you are an international student, you must first contact our International Admissions office. International students do not fill out these forms. Instead, please contact the International Admission office and you will be directed on how to apply through their site.