All students will develop
a plan of study in consultation with their advisor
upon matriculation into the program.
The Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology
has no thesis or dissertation requirements.
Students enrolled in this program
are responsible for their own tuition and living
expenses. Both the Department of Biological Sciences
and University of Delaware Office of Financial
Aid will provide assistance in identifying suitable
fellowships, grants and loans to help finance
load / Completion timetable
It is expected that the Certificate
in Biotechnology will be primarily a part-time
program or pursued along with another graduate
degree. As such, the only enrollment requirement
is that matriculated students must enroll in at
least one certificate class per academic year
and the certificate must be completed within five
Normal progress towards degree is
reviewed for all students in the program at the
end of every academic year and is assessed based
on grades and participation in program activities.
Upon completion of the Certificate
requirements, the Director of the program will
submit the approved plan of study form to the
Office of Graduate and Professional Education
for audit. The University will state on the student’s
transcript that the Certificate in Biotechnology
was awarded. A diploma for the certificate program
is not awarded to the student.
Students failing to make satisfactory
progress towards degree will be identified by
the graduate affairs committee in consultation
with the student’s academic advisor/program director.
Recommendations for dismissal are made by the
Department chair of Biological Sciences to the
University of Delaware Office of Graduate studies.
Only graduate courses completed
with a grade of B or higher fulfill the biological
sciences core and the biotechnology-related course
requirements for the Certificate in Biotechnology.
Students receiving a B- or lower in a required
core course are subject to dismissal from the
program. However, they may file an appeal to the
Department of Biological Sciences Graduate Affairs
Committee for approval to retake the course and
remain in the program. If the appeal is not approved,
the Graduate Affairs Committee will recommend
to the Office of Graduate Studies that the student
be dismissed from the program.
Students who feel that they have
been graded inappropriately or receive what they
perceive as an unfair evaluation by a faculty
member may file grievances in accordance with
University of Delaware policies. Students are
encouraged to contact the Department's Graduate
Program Director prior to filing a formal grievance
in an effort to resolve the situation informally.
All petitions for course substitutions
and variances in the completion deadlines must
be made to the Graduate Affairs Committee, Department
of Biological Sciences. Only courses listed in
the curriculum may count towards the degree unless
a variance is granted by the Graduate Affairs
Committee, Department of Biological Sciences.
Aside from the TOFEL admission
requirement for foreign applicants, there are
no specific requirements. However, successful
completion of the degree will require fluency
in both written and spoken English.