Train with faculty performing researching at the cutting edge of biotechnology.

Certificate in Biotechnology

Learn from world-ranked researchers while earning your master's degree

Master's students in Duke's Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) can enhance their degree with a Certificate in Biotechnology. 

Our biotech certificate students:

  • Train with faculty performing researching at the cutting edge of biotechnology
  • Gain experience in modeling, analysis and design of molecular and cellular systems
  • Learn biotech laboratory skills—including molecular biology, protein expression and purification, and CRISPR genome editing
  • Are well-prepared for careers in the fast-growing biotechnology industry

How to Apply


Requirements

The Certificate in Biotechnology is a three-semester, 30-credit hour program that includes:

  • BME seminars
  • 4 core graduate courses in biotechnology
  • An advanced math course
  • Life Science and biomedical engineering electives

The complete program must also satisfy requirements for either a Master of Science (MS) or Master of Engineering (MEng) degree in biomedical engineering.

Core Courses

Course

Instructor

Frequency

Introduction to Biomolecular Engineering

Ashutosh Chilkoti

Every Fall

Biotechnology Design 1

Michael D. Lynch

Every Fall

Biotechnology Design 2

Every Spring

Genome Engineering

Charles Gersbach

Every Fall

Advanced Math and Electives

Advanced Math

  • CBB 540(240) Statistical Methods for Computational Biology
  • COMPSCI 520(250) Numerical Analysis
  • MATH 545(219) Introduction to Stochastic Calculus
  • MATH 551(211) Applied Partial Differential Equations & Complex Variables
  • MATH 561(224) Numerical Linear Algebra, Optimization, and Monte Carlo Simulation
  • MATH 577(229) Mathematical Modeling
  • PHYSICS 760(301) Mathematical Methods in Physics
  • STA 601 Bayesian Method and Modern Statistics

Note: This list is subject to change. Be sure consult with the certificate Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) for guidance and approval.

Life Science Electives

  • BIOCHEM 622(222) Structure of Biological Macromolecules
  • BIOCHEM 681(291) Physical Biochemistry
  • CBB 520(220) Genome Tools and Technologies
  • CELLBIO 503(203) Introduction to Physiology
  • CELLBIO 551(251) Cell and Molecular Physiology
  • CELLBIO 760(417) Cellular Signaling
  • CMB 747(247) Macromolecular Synthesis
  • EVANTH 730(305) Gross Human Anatomy (Ph.D. student only)
  • IMM 544(244) Principles of Immunology
  • IMM 800(291) Comprehensive Immunology
  • IMM 900(300) Tumor Immunology
  • MGM 732(232) Human Genetics
  • MGM 700(300) Gene Regulation
  • NEUROSCI 719(319) Concepts in Neuroscience I

Note: This list is subject to change. Be sure consult with the certificate Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) for guidance and approval.

BME Electives

  • BME 516(246). Computational Methods in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 522L(242L). Introduction to Bionanotechnology Engineering.
  • BME 525(215). Biomedical Materials and Artificial Organs
  • BME 527(217). Cell Mechanics and Mechanotransduction.
  • BME 528(275). Introduction to Biofluid Mechanics.
  • BME 529(208). Theoretical and Applied Polymer Science
  • BME 530(230). Tissue Biomechanics
  • BME 560(210). Molecular Basis of Membrane Transport
  • BME 561L(258L). Genome Science & Technology Lab
  • BME 562. Biology by Design
  • BME 563. Transport Processes in HIV Transmission and Prevention
  • BME 565L(240L). Environmental Molecular Biotechnology
  • BME 566(216). Transport Phenomena in Cells and Organs
  • BME 567(237). Biosensors
  • BME 568(228). Laboratory in Cellular and Biosurface Engineering.
  • BME 574(221). Modeling and Engineering Gene Circuits.
  • BME 577(247). Drug Delivery
  • BME 578(248). Tissue Engineering
  • BME 785(350). Principles of Research Management.
  • BME 788(362). Invention to Application: Healthcare Research Commercialization.
  • BME 791. Independent Studies.

Note: This list is subject to change. Be sure consult with the certificate Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) for guidance and approval.

Sample Course Schedules

For Master of Science (MS) Students

Semester 1

  • Biomedical Engineering Seminar
  • Introduction to Biomolecular Engineering
  • Biotechnology Design 1 (lab*)
  • Advanced Math

Semester 2

  • Biomedical Engineering Elective
  • Biotechnology Design 2 (lab)*
  • Business Fundamentals for Engineers
  • Life Science Elective

Semester 3

  • Genome Engineering (lab)*
  • Biomedical Engineering Elective
  • Biomedical Engineering Elective

For Master of Engineering (MEng) Students

Semester 1

  • Biomedical Engineering Seminar
  • Introduction to Biomolecular Engineering
  • Biotechnology Design 1 (lab*)
  • Advanced Math

Semester 2

  • Biomedical Engineering Elective
  • Biotechnology Design 2 (lab)*
  • Business Fundamentals for Engineers
  • Life Science Elective

Summer

  • Internship

Semester 3

  • Genome Engineering (lab)*
  • Management of High Tech Industries
  • Biomedical Engineering Elective 
  • Internship Assessment

How to Apply