Certificate in Biomanufacturing

Biomanufacturing is a diverse industry merging large-scale manufacturing practices with biotechnology applications. Companies in this growing sector manufacture a variety of products, such as therapeutics, clinical diagnostic tests, food and beverages, dietary supplements, and biofuels. The Biomanufacturing Certificate of Achievement at Citrus College prepares students for in-demand entry-level positions in the local biomanufacturing industry. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to seek employment as biological technicians, manufacturing production technicians, quality control technicians, and environmental monitoring technicians. Students gain conceptual knowledge of biotechnology and its regulation, as well as extensive hands-on laboratory experience with industry-standard tools and equipment. The program also emphasizes workforce readiness, including resume writing and job interview skills.

Certificate of Achievement Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Biomanufacturing Certificate of Achievement will:
  1. Calibrate and safely operate standard equipment and instrumentation utilized in the biomanufacturing industry.
  2. Document laboratory activities, experimental data, and manufacturing procedures following Good Documentation Practices (GDP) used in the biomanufacturing industry.
  3. Explain the significance of and demonstrate proficiency in aseptic technique for maintaining product integrity in a biomanufacturing setting.
  4. Prepare a variety of chemical solutions necessary for the biomanufacturing process and quality testing.
  5. Prepare for a job interview and generate a resume appropriate for entry-level positions in the biomanufacturing industry.
  6. Describe the principles of Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and perform tasks in accordance with these standards and established safety procedures.
Required courses
BIOT 107Biotechnology: Transforming Society Through Biology3-4
or BIOT 108 Intro to Biotechnology: Real World Biology Applications
BIOT 110Biotechnology I: Basic Lab Skills and Documentation5
BIOT 125Quality and Regulatory Practices in Biotechnology3
BIOT 150Biotechnology II: Biomanufacturing and Quality Principles4
MATH 144Technical Mathematics 14-5
or MATH 165 Introductory Statistics
or MATH 165H Introductory Statistics - Honors
Total Units19-21

MATH 165 is degree applicable with or without MATH 065. If taken with MATH 065, only the units for MATH 165 will be counted towards the degree.

1-Year Curriculum Map Example
This map represents one possible pathway through the program and is only for reference.

*It is highly recommended that you make an appointment to create a customized education plan that fits your needs.

Note: Substitute ENGL 101E (5 units) may be needed based on placement.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
BIOT 110 Biotechnology I: Basic Lab Skills and Documentation 5
BIOT 107
Biotechnology: Transforming Society Through Biology
or Intro to Biotechnology: Real World Biology Applications
ENGL 101
Reading and Composition
or Reading and Composition - Honors
Spring Term 1
BIOT 125 Quality and Regulatory Practices in Biotechnology 3
BIOT 150 Biotechnology II: Biomanufacturing and Quality Principles 4
MATH 144 Technical Mathematics 5
 Total Units24

Note: Course selections may affect total unit value.  

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.


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