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Biology, Graduate Certificate

Elevate your career and explore the nature of life and living organisms at an advanced level with the Graduate Certificate in Biology from IU Online. One hundred percent online, this flexible program is tailored to your professional needs.

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Course Delivery: 100% Online

Total Credits: 18

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $350.00

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $490.00

Cost of attendance may vary by campus. View the total cost calculator

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Degree Overview

As a student in the IU Online Graduate Certificate in Biology, you’ll gain the ability to break down and analyze biological concepts for an undergraduate audience. You’ll develop and analyze hypotheses and experiments, become familiar with scientific literature, and enjoy a richer understanding of biology in the natural world.

You’ll graduate with an Indiana University certificate respected by employers worldwide—and you can work on yours anytime and anywhere. Plus, you’ll enjoy personalized support services throughout your academic journey.

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. A 250-word personal statement explaining your background and reasons for entering the program

Application Dates

Fall semester: Aug 1

Spring semester: Jan 1

Summer session I: May 1

Summer session II: Jun 15

Note: This program is not eligible for financial aid. 

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)


Core Classes for the Biology Graduate Certificate
Course Number Course Name Credits

BIOL-T 570


3 Credits

BIOL-T 572

Cell Biology

3 Credits

BIOL-T 574


3 Credits

BIOL-T 576

Bioinformatics: Theory and Application

3 Credits

BIOL-T 581


3 Credits

BIOL-T 586


3 Credits

BIOL-T 591

History of Life

3 Credits

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