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Graduate Certificate in Biology

Graduate Certificate in Biology

Collaborative Online Degree

This 100 percent online, consortial program is taught by IU South Bend, IU Bloomington, IU East, IUPUI, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, and IU Southeast. This consortial model allows you to take coursework from several campuses and learn from a wide range of faculty.

This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states.

Many online support services are available to assist you as you progress through the program.

As a student in the IU Online Graduate Certificate in Biology, you analyze and explore the nature of life and living organisms at an advanced level. You gain the ability to break down and analyze biological concepts for an undergraduate audience, the ability to develop and analyze hypotheses and experiments, a fluency with scientific literature, and a richer understanding of biology in the natural world around us.

Specific areas of focus include:

  • Evolution
  • Ecology and environmental biology
  • Organismal biology
  • Cell and molecular biology, and biochemistry
  • Genetics, bioinformatics, and genomics
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Developmental biology

Many online support services are available to assist you as you progress through the program.

Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in Biology prepares you for such careers as:

  • Biology dual-credit teacher (high school)
  • Biology instructor (community college)

Of Special Interest for Dual-credit and Community College Instructors Needing to Meet HLC Standards

The Graduate Certificate in Biology is ideal for those who want to teach dual-credit courses and who need to meet Higher Learning Commission dual-credit qualification standards. These standards require teachers wanting to teach dual-credit courses in biology to hold either a master's degree in biology or a master's degree in another discipline (such as education), plus at least 18 credit hours of discipline-specific graduate coursework.

  • If you hold a master's degree in a discipline other than biology, you can meet HLC standards by completing the 18 credit hour Graduate Certificate in Biology.
  • If you plan to pursue the IU Online MAT in Biology, you may apply the 18 credit hours from the Graduate Certificate in Biology toward the master's degree.

Application Deadline

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Certificate Requirements (18 cr.)
  • Core Course (3 cr.)
  • Molecular-Cellular Level Electives (6 cr.)
  • Organismal Level Electives (6 cr.)
  • Capstone Course (3 cr.)

  • All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise noted.

Course Requirements (18 cr.)
Core Course (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-T 570 Evolution (3 cr.)

Molecular-Cellural Level Electives (6 cr.)

Select two from the following:

  • BIOL-T 571 Introductory Biochemistry
  • BIOL-T 572 Cell Biology
  • BIOL-T 573 Macromolecular Structure and Interaction
  • BIOL-T 574 The Immune System and Disease
  • BIOL-T 575 Molecular Biology
  • BIOL-T 576 Bioinformatics: Theory and Application
  • BIOL-T 577 Molecular Genetics and Genomics

Organismal Level Electives (6 cr.)

Select two from the following:

  • BIOL-T 580 Developmental Biology
  • BIOL-T 581 Neurobiology
  • BIOL-T 582 Advanced Field Zoology
  • BIOL-T 583 Problems in Genetics-Higher Organisms
  • BIOL-T 584 Marine Community Ecology
  • BIOL-T 585 Model Organisms in Research
  • BIOL-T 586 Principles of Ornithology
  • BIOL-T 587 Ornithology
  • BIOL-T 588 Horticultural Plants: Biotechnology, Physiology, and Development
  • BIOL-T 589 Ecology

Capstone Courses (3 cr.)

Select one from the following:

  • BIOL-T 585 Model Organisms in Research
  • BIOL-T 590 Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature
  • BIOL-T 591 History of Life
  • BIOL-T 592 Social Implications of Biology

Academic Bulletins

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2022-2023 Campus Bulletin
2021-2022 Campus Bulletin
2020-2021 Campus Bulletin
2019-2020 Campus Bulletin
2018-2019 Campus Bulletin
2017-2018 Campus Bulletin
2016-2017 Campus Bulletin
2015-2016 Campus Bulletin
2014-2015 Campus Bulletin

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