The Department of Integrative Biology offers two certificates for undergraduate students.
Biotechnology is a rapidly growing field that encompasses many disciplines. The Biotechnology Certificate allows students to acquire specialized skills relevant to research into agriculture, biofuels, biomedical biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, microbiology, and medical device development. It provides a strong background in biochemistry and molecular biology, with an emphasis on applied training via lab work and research experiences.
The Environmental Stewardship of Indigenous Lands (ESIL) certificate offered to students interested in environmental issues involving indigenous communities including Native Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Hawaiian Natives. It is open to students from all educational backgrounds, with an emphasis on students in biology, civil engineering, geography, and environmental sciences. The certificate provides opportunities in the form of internships and extracurricular activities for students to learn about environmental issues involving tribal and non-tribal entities.
Dr. Chris Miller
The Biotechnology certificate program is comprised of high-quality, state-of-the-field upper-division courses and the opportunity for experiential learning. Upper-division courses at CU Denver are typically less than 20 students, which provides for abundant interaction between the students and faculty, high rigor, and many opportunities for critical thinking and discussion.
The three major components to the Biotechnology Certificate include advanced molecular biology training, directed student research or an internship in a research laboratory either at CU Denver or off‐campus, and biochemistry training. An advanced molecular biology laboratory teaches students key techniques, experimental design, troubleshooting, and how to work independently on research questions spanning the semester. Students receive hands‐on experience with cloning, DNA and RNA isolation, gel electrophoresis, PCR, quantitative PCR, and other modern techniques in genetic engineering. The Molecular Biology Laboratory enrolls only 16 students per semester so that each student has ample opportunity to work with the equipment and complete every experiment.
For more information, please refer to the Biotechnology certificate handout .
The Biotechnology certificate is not a degree and not a program that requires admission. In order to earn a certificate, students are required to complete 17-20 credits from the required course list. Students must also make sure that they meet the prerequisites for each course. Students may earn the certificate while working on their Bachelor’s degree, or the courses may be taken through non‐degree admission. All CU Denver admissions questions should be directed to the Admissions office .
A certificate will be issued and noted on your transcript upon proof of satisfactory completion of the coursework. You must contact the Biotechnology Certificate faculty advisor no later than the start of the semester of graduation in order for the certificate recognition to appear on your transcripts.
Dr. Timberley Roane
The stewardship of Indigenous lands depends, in part, on scientifically aware, culturally-sensitive individuals who can serve as environmental liaisons between tribal and non-tribal, government, private and non-profit organizations. The Environmental Stewardship of Indigenous Lands (ESIL) certificate has created a network of tribal and non-tribal agencies to provide ESIL students with the most current, professionally relevant training to meet the employment needs in this critical area of environmental stewardship. More information about the certificate can be found by visiting the ESIL website or directing questions to the ESIL Program Director and Advisor.