Biomanufacturing Sciences and Applications

Professional Development Course

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The emerging field of biomanufacturing—or the use of biological systems to create products—is rapidly changing a wide variety of industries, from healthcare and agriculture to textiles and environmental science. Biomanufacturing professionals help to develop innovative materials as well as ensure the quality and safety of products including pharmaceuticals, biofuels, cosmetics, genetically modified crops, biodegradable plastics, and more. In addition to having specialized technical skills and knowledge, these professionals excel at their jobs through critical thinking, effective communication, and collaborative teamwork. Related life science organizations in California expanded employment by 6% in 2022, which outpaced all other industries in California and the U.S. overall during the same period.*

The Biomanufacturing Sciences and Applications program was created in response to the need to fill many different positions that are available in the biomanufacturing, biotechnology, and biopharmaceutical industries. The program provides a broad overview of scientific principles, current research, and industrial applications for biomanufacturing, including the operation and maintenance of biomanufacturing equipment. Students also learn about the diverse range of careers in professional settings such as medical labs, production facilities, and corporate offices. Depending on previous experience and education, opportunities may include entry-level roles as biomanufacturing technicians or multiple positions in research and development, quality control, regulatory affairs, and process development. 

The program includes three 40-hour courses: Biomanufacturing Fundamentals; Materials, Processes, and Technologies; and Emerging Applications of Biomanufacturing. Upon successful completion of the 120-hour program, students will receive digital badges for each of the three courses as well as a badge for the full program to showcase their new skills and achievements.

The Biomanufacturing Sciences and Applications program was developed by a consortium of three California State University campuses (Fullerton, Los Angeles, and Long Beach) and Biocom California Institute, which provides workforce development tools and courses for over 1,800 member companies in California. 

* According to Biocom California’s 2023 Life Science Economic Impact Report

  • Complete the program in less than one year
  • Develop skills for multiple areas of the biomanufacturing industry
  • Learn about different career opportunities in biotechnology
  • Earn digital badges endorsed by industry leader Biocom California Institute
  • An introduction to quality standards, guidelines, and regulatory compliances
  • Cleaning and sanitizing of equipment
  • An understanding of viable career paths depending on previous experience and education
  • The latest technological advancements in a rapidly evolving marketplace
  • Recent graduates seeking entry-level job opportunities in biomanufacturing
  • Mid-career professionals seeking to transition or advance in a new field
  • High school, career technical, or community college students with a background in science
  • Veterans interested in gaining experience for a growing field of employment opportunities
  • Diverse professionals from various backgrounds who have an interest in expanding their roles in the biomanufacturing industry (including marketing, sales, HR, supply chain logistics, accounting, and IT)
  • Meet attendance and/or participation requirements
  • Pass all quizzes with a score of 75% or better
  • Complete all other assignments by due dates

Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to receive a Digital Badge from CSULB’s College of Professional and Continuing Education. Each Digital Badge is embedded with a link to secure and specific information confirming that the participant has obtained the necessary skills and competencies as described in the program. The badge also includes the participant’s name, the course title, and date of completion. Badges are shareable and can be uploaded to CVs, resumes, social media profiles, or other digital platforms. Click here to learn more about Digital Badges.