Advanced Certificate in Bioprocessing
Graduate Programs in Paper & Bioprocess Engineering
The Advanced Certificate in Bioprocessing is a graduate level program offered by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), in partnership with the Central New York Biotechnology Research Center (CNY BRC). Certification is approved by the State University of New York (SUNY) and the New York State Education Department. The program provides a focused, advanced, practical education in bioprocessing, and is designed with special consideration and support for professionals who work full-time. This Certificate was designed by ESF faculty and staff, along with other researchers and practitioners from academic and industry organizations such as Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Participants earn 15 graduate credits through five courses, as well as a post-baccalaureate Certificate of Advanced Study, all while retaining their jobs, staying on career trajectories, and enhancing their professional networks. Professionals spend 10 months strengthening their bioprocessing knowledge and skills and engaging with faculty and other participants from a range of academic science and engineering backgrounds. The program offers high-quality instruction that causes minimal interruption to participants' lives and work.
Bioprocessing is a fundamental discipline in major growth industries around the world. This specialty figures most prominently in the pharmaceutical industry, where therapeutic biologics are developed and manufactured. Bioprocessing is also at the heart of bioprocess-based industries such as breweries, wineries, distilleries, and in current and future production plants of fuel ethanol and other bio-based products. These examples are evidence of bioprocessing's potential to dramatically enhance economic activity.
The Advanced Certificate in Bioprocessing program was developed through a collaborative and interdisciplinary effort between business and academia to take advantage of this region's unique expertise and resources. Graduates of the program will support the development and manufacture of products produced through bioprocesses, such as those produced in the pharmaceutical and fermentation industries, and biorefineries.
The purpose of the certificate program is to provide:
- Graduate education in bioprocessing that leads to a documented level of competency for practice;
- A structured and documented course of study at the graduate level; and
- A means for students to improve their competitive position in the employment marketplace.
Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in engineering, science or a related area. The student must have the required prerequisite background in topics that are fundamental to bioprocessing guided from previous coursework or professional experience. Applicants must demonstrate competence in pre-calculus and quantitative problem solving, preferably with calculus. Students who are matriculated in ESF graduate degree programs are not eligible to earn the Advanced Certificate in Bioprocessing.
Application and admissions procedures, compliance with college requirements for successful graduate-level study, and the awarding of advanced certificates are administered by the dean of Instruction and Graduate Studies. Applicants should complete and submit the application form to the Office of Instruction and Graduate Studies. Upon completion of program credit hour requirements, students will file a certificate request form that identifies completed coursework and initiates actions to produce official transcripts, leading to the award of the certificate. The curriculum consists of five technical courses including a capstone professional experience/synthesis course that will provide participants with a variety of skills supporting the technical aspects of the program. The capstone course will challenge students to use the skills they learned throughout the program and apply those skills to relevant business settings. Students will complete 15 credits hours of specific graduate coursework with an average grade of B or better.