Madison College's Intensive Post-baccalaureate Biotechnology Certificate offers hands-on training for professionals who have a bachelor's degree and want to learn biotechnology skills needed to be successful in the job market.
To enroll in the Intensive Post-baccalaureate Biotechnology Certificate, you must have a bachelor’s degree with a background in biology and chemistry. Knowledge of genetics and microbiology is helpful.
Courses are developed with local industry advice and are taught in fully equipped laboratories that allow you access to the supplies and equipment used in the industry. Coursework is group-oriented and project-based. You will:
- Learn about the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) current good manufacturing practice (cGMP).
- Practice documentation.
- Work with advanced instrumentation.
- Introduce genes into bacteria.
- Perform Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR).
- Purify proteins.
- Work with mammalian cell culture.
- Learn about the biotechnology industry.
Courses must be completed in one semester. This program is offered in Fall semesters only.
Classes meet on Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Students in the Biotech Post-baccalaureate Intensive Certificate must attend full time.
Biotech Post-baccalaureate Intensive Certificate classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:
- Madison - Truax
Earning your certificate in Biotech Post-baccalaureate Intensive at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as:
- Research Scientists
- Entry-level Scientists
- Associate Scientists
- Process Scientists
- Laboratory Manager
- Quality Assurance
- Laboratory Supervisor
- Team Leader
Over 90 percent of Madison College Biotech students are placed in related jobs. Graduates have worked in more than 50 different companies in the Dane County area. Graduates are employed at dozens of companies, government labs and academic settings. They work in research, production and quality environments.
Curriculum and Experience
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.
Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:
- Progress toward your specific requirements
- Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements
If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.Courses10-007-1033 credits10-007-1223 credits10-007-1233 credits10-007-1243 credits10-007-1361 credit10-007-1522 credits
Earning a certificate is a great way to expand your skill set, and it adds professionalism to a resume! This certificate only admits applicants for the fall term. To apply, proceed to the online application.
International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.
Fall Application Dates
- Application open
- Application deadline: October 15
All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.
Submit official college transcripts showing completion of the following criteria within the last seven years:
- Bachelor's degree in a biological science or chemistry
- Two semesters of college chemistry
- Two semesters of college biology
- Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid
- Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis
- This certificate fills on a first-come, first-served basis; once capacity has been reached, it does not maintain a waitlist
- Students who have already completed the certificate coursework at the time of application will receive the certificate diploma at the end of the term of application
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.
UW System SchoolsEligible students will be admitted to Madison College as Biotechnology Intensive Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (900072) students. Upon completion of the prescribed coursework at Madison College, the 15 college credits earned in the Biotechnology Post-Baccalaureate certificate program will be transferred back to UW-Platteville as Biology 3000T coursework to be applied toward the undergraduate degree in chemistry granted by UW-Platteville. Students will need to have completed at least 60 credit hours prior to starting the Biotech Int. PB cert., will provide evidence that undergrad coursework is either completed or is outlined in an approved degree completion plan, and must prove that they've completed the following courses: General Chem I & II (Chem 1140 & 1240), Unity of Life (Bio 1650), Microbiology (Bio 3240), and Genetics (Bio 3330).
Wisconsin Private SchoolsMarian College students may begin the Biotechnology Post Baccalaureate Intensive (BPI) certificate after earning 70 credits and meeting BPI prerequisite requirements. Coursework earned at Madison College will transfer to Marian College to fulfill degree requirements according to current policies.