Advance your career, start a new project, or update your knowledge of current topics and emerging technologies with the Advanced Biosciences Program—available either online or in a classroom format. Required course Current Topics in the Biosciences orients you to the program with an overview of recent advances in modern biological research. The remainder of the program is tailored to meet your needs.


To register for the Advanced Biosciences Program, you must hold one of the following:

  • A bachelor's degree in science or engineering.
  • A bachelor's degree with coursework in science and engineering (one year of biology, one year of chemistry and advanced mathematics are highly recommended).

If you do not meet these requirements, contact the department for a list of approved coursework to complete before registering for the program. Prerequisites may also be required for specific courses; consult the course catalog for details.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum comprises 1 required course (2 semester units) and 8 semester units of electives for a total of 10 semester units (150 hours of instruction). Candidates must pay a nonrefundable program registration fee.

You must take all courses for a letter grade. To receive the Award of Completion, you must maintain an overall minimum 2.5 grade point average, with a grade of C or better in each course. All coursework must be completed within five years of registering for the program.

All students in the program must take one required course.

How to Register

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register online for the Advanced Biosciences Program, complete these two steps:

  1. Submit the online registration, and complete your student account profile if you are a new student.
  2. Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart. Please allow 3–5 business days for the registration to appear in your student account.

You should register for the program before you complete your first course in the curriculum.

Estimated Cost

Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The program has an estimated cost of $3,000 depending on choice of electives (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the program coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your Award of Completion. Send an email to After your records have been reviewed, verified and approved, your award will be sent to you in the mail. The review of your records is usually completed within six to eight weeks after you request the award.


Online Information Session Video

Find out how UC Berkeley Extension's specialized program can help you advance or start your career in the advanced biosciences. This information session includes an overview presentation and frequently asked questions.