General requirements include at least 28 units of required courses as follows:


Required, 12 units

Students with strong background in biotechnology may substitute TRGN 536 with another appropriate course, with permission of the program director.  A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on all core courses is required.

  • TRGN 536 Biotechnology Primer
  • TRGN 537 Pathway and Target Discovery
  • TRGN 538 Seminar in Translational Biotechnology
  • TRGN 543 Biotechnology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization I



Required, 7 units

Experiential learning includes a total of 4 units of TRGN 539 plus two Capstone courses. This program does not require a thesis. Instead, students are required to defend their program capstone through TRGN 540 and 541, which include practicum conclusion, reflective narratives, and portfolio presentation.

  • TRGN 539 Translational Biotechnology Practicum
  • TRGN 540 Translational Biotechnology Capstone Preparation
  • TRGN 541 Translational Biotechnology Capstone Defense



At least 9 units

At least 4 units must be from TRGN. No more than 4 units of TRGN 590 may be used to fulfill degree requirements.

  • BAEP 551 Introduction to New Ventures
  • BAEP 552 Cases in Feasibility Analysis
  • BAEP 561 Entrepreneurship in Innovative Industries: Life Sciences
  • BAEP 563 Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • INTD 504 Molecular Biology of Cancer
  • INTD 531 Cell Biology
  • INTD 572 Systems Physiology and Disease I
  • INTD 573 Systems Physiology and Disease II
  • TRGN 510 Basic Foundations in Translational Biomedical Informatics
  • TRGN 514 Introduction to Human Genomic Analysis Methods
  • TRGN 515 Advanced Human Genomic Analysis Methods
  • TRGN 516 Biomedical Informatic WebApps, Databases and Datastructures
  • TRGN 524 Applications of Genomic Technology in Biomedical Research I
  • TRGN 525 Applications of Genomic Technology in Biomedical Research II
  • TRGN 526 Clinical Bioinformatics in Genomic Testing
  • TRGN 527¬†Applied Data Science and Bioinformatics
  • TRGN 542 Biotechnology based Therapeutics
  • TRGN 544 Biotechnology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization II
  • TRGN 545 Exploring Chemical and Biological Therapeutic Modalities
  • TRGN 546 Biotechnology Intellectual Property, Regulatory, and Contract Law
  • TRGN 550 Communicating Science - writing
  • TRGN 551 Communicating Science - speaking
  • TRGN 590 Directed Research



A graduate GPA of at least 3.0 is required at all times. Any student whose graduate GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation who do not raise their GPA to 3.0 after two semesters of written notification of academic probation will be academically disqualified.