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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 in-depth understanding of how the Industrial General Permit applies to you and how to achieve and maintain compliance.
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SAS Programming I: DATA Step and PROC Fundamentals
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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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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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“Biomarker” is an emerging topic of discussion in clinical diagnosis and drug discovery. This course covers both major theoretical concepts and practical issues involved in conducting both disease related biomarker as well as drug discovery related biomarker research.
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Free "Our Energy Future" Course
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Available through Coursera, this massive open online course (MOOC) is designed to introduce you to the issues of energy in the 21st century. You will have access to over 70 in-depth video segments, engaging assessments and assignments, and a global community to ask questions and to discuss renewable energy advancement. You can also earn credit to apply towards Extension certificates in Biofuels.
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