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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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Microbiology: Fundamentals to Application
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Examine basic microbiological concepts and processes including microbial structure, metabolism, genetics, and their application in drug discovery and industrial processes. Explore issues related to interactions between microbes, between microbes and their environment, environmental metagenomics, the surge of infectious diseases, bioterrorism, and green chemistry.
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Pattern Recognition for Bioinformatics
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August 15
Pattern recognition is becoming increasingly important in the age of automation and information handling and retrieval. Explore algorithms for pattern recognition that can be applied to problems in bioinformatics and biotechnology, including laboratory imaging, microscopy, and gene expression arrays.
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Industrial Stormwater Compliance Workshop
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August 26-27
This intensive two-day workshop is designed to provide comprehensive training on California’s reissued Industrial Storm Water Permit, which will impose significant regulations on as many as 130,000 California businesses. Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of how the Industrial General Permit applies to them and how to achieve and maintain compliance. Learn more

In Vitro Diagnostics Product Development
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November 13 &14 As biotech and In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) companies mature, the need for professionals with a broad understanding of the skills required to be effective in a biological product development environment will increase. Learn the requirements for moving an IVD product from concept to regulatory approval and market launch.
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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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Explore how SAS can be used across many industries
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SAS is a software suite used in the statistical analysis of data, data preparation, reporting, data mining and analytics. Explore "SAS Programming I: DATA Step and PROC Fundamentals" and "SAS Programming II: Advanced DATA Step Programming", both online this Summer.
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