Stay up to date with courses and trends in Sciences, Mathematics and Biotechnology

"UC Berkeley Extension offers online and classroom courses so I can attend classes and maintain my hectic work schedule."
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Enhance your background to prepare for health professions programs, or further your education with coursework in advanced biosciences and biotechnology. Our coursework will help you

  • prepare you for advanced programs in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy and other health care programs;
  • stay current with the industry's latest developments and learn practical knowledge on topics of critical importance to life sciences companies; and
  • meet the math and statistics requirements to enter M.B.A. or other advanced degree programs; and
  • meet the requirements and improve your science grade point average to be a competitive applicant for graduate school or clinical laboratory science programs.
Kristen Fortnam,
Science Courses

Professional certificates and specialized programs of study

Professional certificates are the highest level of academic achievement from UC Berkeley Extension. Specialized programs of study provide focused subject concentrations to develop skills within specific disciplines. Learn more.

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Online Prerequisites for the Health Professions

We offer numerous science and math prerequisite courses that you can complete fully online–from anywhere in the world. Pick and choose the courses that you need to fill the gaps in your transcript, raise your GPA and become a qualified, competitive applicant to graduate school or the health professions program of your dreams. Or, choose a course to advance in your current career. Or simply learn more about a subject you enjoy–our courses are tailored to fit your specific needs. You do not need to be registered for a specific certificate or program; simply enroll in a course and you're on your way. Get started today.

Meet Your Instructor: Dr. Geoff Sargent


Put theory into practice.

This is the teaching mantra that Dr. Geoffrey Sargent subscribes to. A longtime UC Berkeley Extension instructor, Dr. Sargent finds true joy in bringing the coursework to life. "When I had the opportunity to teach my stem cell course and then the biochem course, I wanted to see if I could use the learning-by-doing approach in a classroom," Dr. Sargent says. "I teach things that I love to do, and I love being a scientist."

Learn more about Dr. Sargent.

Hot Topic: Zika Virus and Virology

While the world's eye is laser-focused on the Summer Olympics in Rio, amid all of the feats of strength and showcases of athleticism lies a dangerous disease: Zika. The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) reports 166,000 suspected and confirmed cases in Brazil for the period January 2016 to July 2016. While WHO states that the threat of Zika spreading rampantly during the Olympics is actually quite low—possibly because of seasonal change as it is now winter in Rio when mosquitoes are less active and the Brazilian population has started to develop immunity—the mosquito-borne or sexually transmitted pathogen is rearing its ugly head in the U.S.—specifically, in Florida. In the U.S. and its territories alone, 7,373 laboratory-confirmed Zika cases have been reported for the period January 1, 2015–Aug. 3, 2016. The U.S. is just one of the 65 countries and territories with active Zika virus transmission.

Learn more about this pathogen and what you need to learn to combat this and other future pathogens.

On the Cutting Edge: Genomic Medicine


It does so by using molecular information about an individual to tailor their treatment and health care. Genomic medicine isn't a new idea; in fact, it's been around for a while, but under pseudonyms such as personalized medicine, individualized medicine or, more recently, precision medicine. But the term genomic medicine is how we should be describing the state of this science.

In this vlog series led by instructor Jeanette McCarthy, Ph.D., you'll learn about some of the exciting applications for genomic medicine in the clinic, as well as some of the hurdles we face in practicing genomic medicine. You'll also get a "crystal ball" look into what's on the horizon.

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Meet Graduate Katie Fenton


Katie Fenton loved the high adrenaline that comes from being a military nurse—a path she's followed since graduating with a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania seven years prior. Though the traditional next step was to become a nurse practitioner, Fenton realized that role wouldn't give her the autonomy she wanted. So she set her heart on a new challenge: medical school.
Challenge accepted: This fall, Fenton will begin attending Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (Camden, N.J.). But she wouldn’t have made it so far so quickly without UC Berkeley Extension's Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program.

Read more about Fenton's educational journey.

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Contact the Sciences, Mathematics and Biotechnology Department

Sciences: | (510) 642-8108

Biotechnology: | (510) 642-1062

Mathematics: | (510) 642-1062

Online: | (510) 643-5932

Sharon Doyle, Ph.D.
Sciences, Mathematics and Biotechnology
 jennifer lyons
Jennifer Lyons, M.B.A.
Program Director
Mathematics and Statistics
 Richard Louie
Richard F. Louie, Ph.D., FACB
Program Director
Advanced Biosciences and Biotechnology
Jo Scullion
Jo Scullion, M.Ed.
Program Director
Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program