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Post-baccalaureate students are invited to enroll in this certificate. By completing this certificate, students will be qualified to apply for most graduate programs in the biological sciences including medical, dental, optometry, podiatry, pharmacy, and veterinary schools. However, graduate and professional school undergraduate coursework requirements can vary; it is prudent to check the coursework requirements for each individual school.

This certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.


University-wide admissions policies can be found in the Undergraduate Admissions Policies section of this catalog.

To apply for this program, please complete the George Mason University Admissions Application.

Additionally, admission into this certificate requires:

  • The desire to pursue a career in biological sciences or the health professions (research, medicine, dentistry, teaching, law etc.);
  • A conferred bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.00 or higher;
  • A completed George Mason University Admissions Application along with a the appropriate application fee; and
  • Two sets of official transcripts from each institution attended.

Standardized test scores are not required.


For policies governing all undergraduate programs, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Some courses can be waived if previously taken during undergraduate training. Substitutions will be recommended where appropriate.

Certificate Fees

In addition to tuition and the usual laboratory and College of Science fees, a fee of $500 per semester will be assessed to defray the costs of the outside speakers and the additional administrative work associated with this certificate.


Banner Code: SC-CERB-CCBS

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 63-64

Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.

To earn this certificate, a student must pass all of the courses listed below with a grade no lower than 'B-' and achieve a GPA of at least 3.40. 

Cell Biology, Biostatistics, and Genetics

BIOL 213Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core)4
BIOL 214Biostatistics for Biology Majors4
BIOL 311General Genetics4
Total Credits12

Additional Upper-level Biology

Select three additional 300, 400, or 500-level BIOL courses (with the exception of BIOL 310) in consultation with an academic advisor12
Total Credits12

General Chemistry

CHEM 211General Chemistry I (Mason Core)3
CHEM 213General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)1
CHEM 212General Chemistry II (Mason Core)3
CHEM 214General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)1
Total Credits8

Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry

BIOL 483General Biochemistry4
CHEM 313Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 314Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 315Organic Chemistry Lab I2
CHEM 318Organic Chemistry Lab II2
Total Credits14


PHYS 243College Physics (Mason Core)3
PHYS 244College Physics Lab (Mason Core)1
PHYS 245College Physics (Mason Core)3
PHYS 246College Physics Lab (Mason Core)1
Total Credits8

Psychology and Sociology

Select 6 credits of psychology and/or sociology courses in consultation with the biology advisor6
Total Credits6


MATH 111Linear Mathematical Modeling (Mason Core) 13-4
or MATH 113 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)
Total Credits3-4

 Calculus is recommended, but not required.

Career Seminars

These seminars will be organized each semester and will feature outside speakers from a wide variety of biologically-oriented professions.