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Life Sciences Courses

San Diego's biotechnology pharmaceutical industries are exciting and dynamic growth sectors in the California economy. With this expansion comes ongoing challenges and the need for innovation.

UC San Diego Extension offers a broad array of courses and certificate programs to meet the continuing education needs of the life sciences community, support high-level skills development for industry professionals and career transition for those interested in entering the biotechnology field.

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Industrial Stormwater Compliance Workshop
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This intensive two-day workshop will provide comprehensive training on California’s reissued Industrial Storm Water Permit, which will impose significant regulations on as many as 130,000 California businesses. Gain an in-depth understanding of how the Permit applies to you and how to achieve and maintain compliance at your facility.
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Medicinal Chemistry Intensive Program
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Don't miss this intensive, 1-week program focusing on the chemistry of drug molecules and drug action. Explore topics essential for understanding the multidisciplinary areas of medicinal chemistry. This program is directed primarily at graduate and post-doctoral chemists and biologists who have a basic knowledge of drug discovery and development.
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SAS Programming I: DATA Step and PROC Fundamentals
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Starts March 30
Learn the tools necessary to write SAS programs to perform elementary data management, analysis, and reporting all while stressing good programming practices. Gain the skills necessary to create and document data sets, manage and reshape data, write simple reports, and compute basic statistics on data set variables.
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Explore the Biofuels Industry
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A 2014 analysis conducted by the San Diego Association of Governments’ economic bureau, reports the estimated economic impact of algae biotechnology research & manufacturing is approximately 1,020 jobs, $80 million dollars in wages, and over $175 million of economic output to the San Diego regional economy annually. Explore courses in this dynamic area.
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Biotechnology Project Management
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Specialized Certificate
The biotech industry has a distinct set of requirements for the project manager. The complex environment poses unique challenges. The Biotechnology Project Management Certificate is a joint program, developed in partnership with University of Washington Extension, giving you the practical, hands-on experience necessary to succeed. Next program begins in March 2015!
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Develop Your Career in the Pharma Industry
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Modern drug discovery utilizes multidisciplinary project teams and oversees as many aspects of the overall drug development process as possible. Professionals in the field must be aware of and proficient in the examination of the process. Explore these certificates for the skills and knowledge needed to be successful:

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