Undergraduate Studies

Molecular Biosciences Certificate

Molecular Biosciences Certificate


Having a solid understanding of science is becoming increasingly important in modern society. Science is referred to often in the daily media in relation to many current topics including; environmental issues, global climate change, crop and livestock production, and stem cell research. In addition, important state and federal legislation surrounding these and other issues require an understanding of the associated science. Also, an increasing number of employers involved in science making decisions need employees with the interdisciplinary science training a certificate offers.

Students who earn an undergraduate molecular biosciences certificate will possess working knowledge of the foundations of three separate fields of study: genetics, microbiology, and biochemistry, and will have an understanding of how to use these disciplines to make informed decisions about current societal issues. Those who earn the certificate will be well prepared to work in both science and non-science careers, they will be qualified for employment opportunities with non-profit organizations and government agencies involved in science making decisions, and they will be attractive to private sector businesses who require employees with interdisciplinary scientific training.

SMB Online Program

Who Should Earn the Certificate?

  • Students with a general interest in science and diverse backgrounds, including those majoring in business, communication, anthropology, and criminal justice.
  • Students in non-biological science disciplines such as physics, chemistry, mathematics, or engineering.
  • Working professionals who seek retraining or additional training.
  • Middle and High School Science teachers who require continuing education for accreditation.

How to apply to WSU

Students who plan to pursue the undergraduate certificate in molecular biosciences and are not current WSU students may apply as non-degree seeking students. A $25 nonrefundable application fee applies.

Suggested Schedule of Studies

The 18-credit certificate program is designed around four core courses required for all students, and an additional 3 credits obtained from a course which will require the student to apply the concepts of molecular biosciences to society. The certificate can be fulfilled through a mixture of on-campus and online course offerings or online courses only. A grade of “C” or better must be earned in all classes that apply towards this certificate.

Core (all four courses are required; 15 credits):

  • MBioS 301 – General Genetics (4 credits; Prerequisites Biol 106, 107; one year freshman Chemistry)
  • MBioS 303 – Introductory Biochemistry (4 credits; Prerequisites Chem 106 and Chem 345)
  • MBioS 320 – DNA and Society (3 credits; Recomended one college-level Biol course)
  • MBioS 101 – Introductory Microbiology (4 credits) OR MBioS 305+306 – General Microbiology+Microbiology Laboratory (Prerequisites: Biol 106, 107 and Chem 345 or c//) OR MBioS 305 + 304 General Microbiology+Microbiology and Molecular Biology Laboratory (Prerequisites: Biol 106, 107 and Chem 345 or c//)

Applicability of Bioscience (3 credits minimum):

  • BIOLOGY 140 - Nutrition for Living (3 credits)
  • ANTH 468 – Sex, Evolution, and Human Nature (3 credits; Prerequisites 3 hours Anth or Biol, completion of one Tier I and three Tier II courses)
  • BIOLOGY 330 – Principles of Conservation (3 credits; Prerequisite either Biol 102, 106, or 107)
  • MBioS 342 – Microbial Ecology (3 credits; Prerequisites Biol 106 and Chem 345 or c//)
  • CRMJ 320 – Criminal Law
  • PHIL 103 – Introduction to Ethics (3 credits)
  • PHIL 365 – Biomedical Ethics (3 credits)

Other courses can apply per approval of Certificate Coordinator
*Please note term of offering for WSU online and Pullman campus courses, updated here or check schedule of classes for current term

Total Minimum Credits: 18 credits

Students are expected to have already completed courses equivalent to one year of Freshman Chemistry for Science Majors, one year of Freshman Biology for Science Majors, and one semester of organic chemistry through an accredited institution of higher education before working towards this certificate.

Transfer Credits

The maximum number of credit hours earned at other institutions that may apply towards a WSU certificate shall not exceed ¼ of the total number of credit hours required for the certificate.

For more information on this Academic Program

Email: smbugrad@vetmed.wsu.edu
Phone Number: 509-335-1276
Office: Biotechnology/Life Sciences 102

Undergraduate Certificate Application

Upon completion of courses, students should submit a certificate application form. With the paid application and verification that all requirements have been fulfilled from the department offering the certificate, the Registrar's Office will post a University recognized certificate to the student's official transcript. In addition, a printed certificate similar to a diploma will be mailed to the student's permanent address.

Instructions for applying for an undergraduate certificate:

Please download the form by clicking on the link above. After printing and completing the form, either pay the fee at the cashier's office and turn in the form to the Registrar's Office in French Ad 346 or mail the completed form and the check to Office of the Registrar, PO Box 641035, Pullman, WA 99164-1035. The fee is $50.

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