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Biotechnology Certificate

Explore How Technology Impacts the Study of Life

Want to take your science degree to the next level as you prepare for graduate school or pursue a cutting-edge job? You might be interested in the Biotechnology Certificate from University of Houston-Clear Lake. Designed for ambitious science students seeking a more specific course of study than the typical minor, this certificate gives you a firm grounding in contemporary trends in biotechnology, from the laboratory to practical application in the workplace.

Increase Your Education and Advance Your Career

You can complete this undergraduate certificate along with your Bachelor of Science degree or as a post-baccalaureate student. The lab-based curriculum includes intensive hands-on work with molecular biology, biotechnology, environmental toxicology and tissue culture, as well as accompanying lecture-based courses. The certificate was developed to give you concentrated lab experience that could more effectively translate into better lab-based jobs and graduate-level work in biomedical and biotechnology fields.

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Deadlines for Applying

  • Freshman Deadlines
  • Fall

    Priority - July 15 
    Final - August 1 

  • Spring

    Priority - November 1
    Final - December 1 

  • Summer

    Priority - March 1
    Final (Summer Session I & II) - May 1 


  • International Deadlines
  • Fall

    Final Deadline - April 1
    Document Deadline - April 15

    Early Deadline - February 4 (Computer Science, Computer Information System, Data Science, Software Engineering)
    Document Deadline - February 15

  • Spring

    Final Deadline - October 1
    Document Deadline - October 15

    Early Deadline - August 1 (Computer Science, Computer Information System, Data Science, Software Engineering)
    Document Deadline - August 15

  • Summer*

    Final Deadline - March 1
    Document Deadline - March 15

    Early Deadline - February 4 (Computer Science, Computer Information System, Data Science, Software Engineering)
    Document Deadline - February 15

For more information regarding deferring your application, please visit Deferring International Admission.

Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline

*International freshmen applicants will not be accepted for Summer semester.


  • Transfer Deadlines
  • Spring 2023
    Priority - December 1
    Final - January 9
    Returning UHCL Students - January 11
  • Summer 2023
    Priority - May 1
    Final (Summer Session I) - May 24
    Final (Summer Session II) - June 30
  • Fall 2023
    Priority - August 1
    Final - August 14
    Returning UHCL Students - August 16

Locations

University of Houston-Clear Lake

University of Houston-Clear Lake

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-283-7600

About UHCL


Accreditations and Distinctions

UHCL's Biotechnology program is the only program in Texas to offer three specializations: Molecular Biotechnology, Management, and Bioinformatics.

  • Molecular Biotechnology: work as a scientist in a research lab
  • Management: manage a research lab or division
  • Bioinformatics: develop or utilize bioinformatics data managements tools


Biotechnology Certificate Faculty

Martha C. Ariza
Martha Ariza

Martha Ariza

Lecturer in Biotechnology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3763
Email: Ariza@UHCL.edu
Office: B3321

Martha Ariza Faculty Bio

Thomas Garcia
Thomas Garcia

Thomas Garcia

Assistant Professor of Biology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3740
Email: GarciaT@UHCL.edu
Office: B3321

Thomas Garcia Faculty Bio

W. Ronald Mills
Ronald Mills

W. Ronald Mills

Professor of Biology and Chemistry,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3773
Email: mills@uhcl.edu
Office: B3531-1

W. Ronald Mills Faculty Bio

Richard Puzdrowski
Richard Puzdrowski

Richard L. Puzdrowski Jr.

Associate Professor of Biology, Biotechnology and Environmental Science; Cooperative Degree Program Advisor; and Department Chair of Biology and Biotechnology ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3750
Email: puzdrowski@uhcl.edu
Office: B3525- 4

Richard L. Puzdrowski Jr. Faculty Bio

M. Bazlur Rashid
Bazlur Rashid

Bazlur Rashid

Associate Professor of Biology and Biotechnology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283 3756
Email: rashid@uhcl.edu
Office: 3525-11

Bazlur Rashid Faculty Bio

Larry Rohde
Larry Rohde

Larry Rohde

Associate Professor of Biology and Biotechnology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3743
Email: rohde@uhcl.edu
Office: B3525-6

Larry Rohde Faculty Bio

Lory Z. Santiago-Vazquez
Lory Santiago-Vázquez

Lory Z. Santiago-Vázquez

Program Chair of Biotechnology, Associate Professor of Biology and Biotechnology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3776
Email: santiago@uhcl.edu
Office: B3525-7

Lory Z. Santiago-Vázquez Faculty Bio

Brian Stephens
Brian Stephens

Brian Stephens

Associate Professor of Biotechnology and Biology, and Program Chair of Biology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3798
Email: Stephensb@UHCL.edu
Office: B3525

Brian Stephens Faculty Bio

Brian Wasko

Brian Wasko

Assistant Professor,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3793
Email: wasko@uhcl.edu
Office: B3531

Brian Wasko Faculty Bio

Carl Zhang
Chunlong Zhang

Chunlong (Carl) Zhang

Program Chair of Environmental Science and Professor of Environmental Science, Environmental Chemistry ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3746
Email: zhang@uhcl.edu
Office: B3531

Chunlong (Carl) Zhang Faculty Bio