The Algae Biotechnology Science Certificate is aimed at training professionals for field and laboratory roles in the algae biotechnology and biomass production industry, including analytical chemistry, microbiological/crop management, and biological/biofuels lab techniques. It provides students hands-on technical knowledge and experience in laboratory techniques used in biomanufacturing processes, analysis and quality controls.
Students choose from one of the following specialization tracks:
The Molecular Biology track focuses on molecular biological techniques with an emphasis on molecular engineering for the improvement of algae for biofuel/bioproduct production, and will also cover aquatic microbiology including; growth, physiology, and identification and crop protection of both eukaryotic and prokaryotic algal production species, and examines the basic pathogenic microorganisms of algal production.
The Analytical Chemistry track focuses on chemical analysis of biomolecules, including proteins and small molecules like fatty acids and isoprenoids, downstream processing of precursors into final products, specifications and methods required to maintain quality in manufacturing, and hands-on experience in the analytical methods used to characterize bioproducts.
Algae biotechnology research and development in the San Diego region constitutes an increasingly robust cluster of economic activity and employment opportunities. A 2014 analysis, conducted by the San Diego County of Governments’ (SANDAG) economic bureau, reported that the direct, indirect, and induced economic impact of the algae biotechnology research and manufacturing industry generates a total of approximately 1,020 total jobs, $80 million in wages, and over $175 million of economic output to the San Diego regional economy. With the ability to use algae to create a wide range of photosynthetic-based bio-products, the algae biotechnology sector is set to grow at a quick pace. Already, direct employment in the algae biotechnology industry in the San Diego region has nearly doubled since 2009.
There will be a $60 fee upon acceptance into the program
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Students applying for this program need to have college-level knowledge in the following areas to be considered for the program. Please be sure to include background in these areas on the application.
Molecular Biologist Track Prerequisites:
Analytical Chemist Track Prerequisites:
-Intro Organic Chemistry
UCSD, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
UCSD, Division of Biological Sciences
There will be a $60 fee upon
acceptance into the program
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