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Graduate Certificate

How you benefit

As a student in the IU Online Graduate Certificate in Biology, you analyze and explore the nature of life and living organisms at an advanced level. Gain the ability to break down and analyze biological concepts for an undergraduate audience, the ability to develop and analyze hypotheses and experiments, a fluency with scientific literature, and a richer understanding of biology in the natural world around us.

What you study

Specific areas of focus include: 

  • Evolution 
  • Ecology and environmental biology
  • Organismal biology
  • Cell and molecular biology, and biochemistry
  • Genetics, bioinformatics, and genomics
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Developmental biology

This 100 percent online, consortial program is taught by IU Bloomington, IU East, IUPUI, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. 

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The Graduate Certificate in Biology is ideal for those who want to teach dual-credit courses and who need to meet Higher Learning Commission dual-credit qualification standards. These standards require teachers wanting to teach dual-credit courses in biology to hold either a master's degree in biology or a master's degree in another discipline (such as education), plus at least 18 credit hours of discipline-specific graduate coursework.

  • If you hold a master's degree in a discipline other than biology, you can meet HLC standards by completing the 18 credit hour Graduate Certificate in Biology. 
  • If you plan to pursue the  IU Online MAT in Biology , you may apply the 18 credit hours from the Graduate Certificate in Biology toward the master's degree.

Many online support services are available to assist you as you progress through the program. 

Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in Biology prepares you for such careers as:
  • Biology dual-credit teacher (high school)
  • Biology instructor (community college) 

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Biology, you must complete 18 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Core course (3 credit hours)
  • Molecular-cellular-level electives (6 credit hours)
  • Organismal-level electives (6 credit hours)
  • Capstone course (3 credit hours)

To be accepted to this program, you must have: 

  1. A bachelor's degree 
  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

To apply to this program, complete an online application that includes: 

  1. Official transcripts from each undergraduate institution
  2. 250-word personal statement explaining background and reasons for entering the program

Application Dates

Fall semester: Aug 1
Spring semester: Jan 1
Summer 1 semester: May
1 Summer 2 semester: Jun 15

BIOL-T 570 Evolution 3 Credits
BIOL-T 572 Cell Biology 3 Credits
BIOL-T 574 Immunology 3 Credits
BIOL-T 576 Bioinformatics: Theory and Application 3 Credits
BIOL-T 581 Neurobiology 3 Credits
BIOL-T 586 Ornithology 3 Credits
BIOL-T 591 History of Life 3 Credits

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $350.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1050.00

Additional fees will apply. 

-This program is ineligible for financial aid. 

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $490.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1470.00