Life Science Courses For College Students

Empowering future life science innovators with hands-on research experiences and training programs.

Empowering the Next Generation of Life Science Innovators

Our educational life science experiences and programs offer college students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain industry-recognized laboratory and professional lab skills through training courses, internships, and fellowships in STEM-related fields. In these programs, students will build their resume and develop the necessary research and lab skills to pursue successful life science careers.
For Early career exploration

1-Day Hands-on Laboratory Courses

Introduction to Biotechnology Research


Students apply laboratory techniques commonly used in biological research. Students will perform aseptic and molecular biology techniques to culture, label, and image mammalian cells.

Introduction to Virology Research


Learn how biologists use viruses in the development of therapeutics and vaccines. Students will perform hands-on molecular biology techniques to analyze the effects of viral infections on protein synthesis.

Hands-On Engineering


Explore the emerging technologies and applications of MedTech devices using computer-aided design, 3-D printing, and material testing. Students will design, build, and test a MedTech device.

Principles of Flow Cytometry

This 1-day course introduces the fundamental principles, sample preparation, experimental controls, and data analysis of flow cytometry. Trainees will gain hands-on flow cytometry experience with industry-standard instruments, reagents, application, and software analysis. Trainees will perform a multicolor panel experiment using best practices in analytic cytometry, experiment design and analysis. Trainees have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to receive a digital credential through UCI.

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HPLC Methods and Fundamentals

Learn the basics of HPLC operation and acquire valuable laboratory skills that prepare you for basic research in the pharmaceutical and synthetic biology sectors. Trainees will complete hands-on, problem-based challenges where they will apply classroom knowledge in a HPLC laboratory setting. Trainees will learn how to solubilize pharmaceuticals, create quantitative concentration curves and prepare samples from complex biological mixtures. Trainees have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to receive a digital credential through UCI.

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Research Experiences with Industry Professionals

Multi-Week Hands-on Laboratory Courses

Molecular Biology 1

Genome Engineering Research Program

This 8-week hybrid course provides hands-on training industry-standard knowledge and skills in bacterial cloning, genomic and plasmid DNA isolation, PCR, restriction digest, and gel electrophoresis as well as experimental design and execution.

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Molecular Biology 2

Gene Expression Research Program

Prerequisite: Molecular Biology 1

This 8-week hybrid course provides hands-on training with industry-standard knowledge and skills in qPCR, protein purification, quantification, experimental design and execution. Participants will learn the best practices in the standard molecular biology techniques performed in biomanufacturing, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology laboratories.

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Summer Research Experience

Prerequisite: Molecular Biology 2

Students will learn cell culture and molecular biology techniques that are performed in research and development immuno-oncology laboratories. Students will acquire vital research skills and learn how biotechnology laboratories harness the surveillance mechanisms of immune cells to create cancer therapeutics.

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Hands-On Lab Experience

Biotech Internship Program

This 8-week internship equips students with vital workplace skills in a biotech setting. Students will learn laboratory operations, effective communication, and engage with multidisciplinary scientists. Students will have the opportunity to earn a UCI digital credential in the Fundamentals of Cell Culture. 

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Career Exploration Program

Life Science Young Leaders Fellowship

This 6-month career exploration program will provide fellows with a deep understanding of the different career opportunities in the thriving life science industry. Fellows will participate in a variety of events including professional development trainings with industry professionals, networking events, industry tours, and 1:1 meetings with carefully matched mentors.

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STEM Scholarship Opportunities Available

Hone your research skills with unique educational research opportunities for college students. Our STEM scholarships are designed to financially support the next generation of life science talent as they enter the biotech research space by ensuring they have the ability to further their STEM educations with experienced mentors and technical laboratory experiences.

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For College Students

Life Science Pathway to College and Career

Beginning a career in the life science industry requires meaningful laboratory experience. Our Life Science Pathway to College and Career flyers sets students up for success as they begin their journey in biotech research and development. 


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Connect with other like-minded life science researchers and build a network of connections within SoCal’s life sciences innovation ecosystem. 

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