NCSU CALS Academic Programs -Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences (SCIBLS)

Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences (SCIBLS)

The Summer 2015 Application is now closed.

Earn letter graded college credit in cutting-edge, hands-on courses in biotechnology and life sciences disciplines

July 6- July 31, 2015

The Academic Programs office in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences announces the 2015 Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences (SCIBLS) offerings and opportunities.

SCIBLS is first and foremost an academic experience; it's not summer camp! Coursework is designed to be a challenging experience for college bound students interested in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics college major.  A former student advised future students, “Be ready to learn, you will have to work for your credits.”  Students will need time management skills to succeed to the best of their ability. Students should plan to study hard in SCIBLS!

SCIBLS students will learn, through hands-on experience, cutting-edge scientific techniques in NC State laboratories. Students will have the opportunity to meet and interact with undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral scientists and faculty at NC State. Students will also tour research facilities and enterprises in Research Triangle Park (where appropriate) and hear people's career path histories through visits from industry personnel.

The four-week session is an introduction to college life and the university environment with the goal of easing the transition between high school and college.  SCIBLS students are encouraged to use the library, eat at the dining halls, workout at the gym and participate in activities at Talley Student Center.  SCIBLS students have an NC State student identification card and an NC State email account.  This is real life college!

Coursework for 2015 (subject to change)


  • Introduction to Molecular Biology (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Microbiology and Biochemistry Laboratory Practices (3 credits) 
  • Introduction to Microbial Biotechnology (3 credits)


Advantages of SCIBLS


  • Get a head start on your college experience.
  • Science and Biotechnology career exploration and analysis.
  • Hands on biotechnology laboratory techniques. Skills could be used for future employment.
  • Credits earned in SCIBLS will transfer to other universities and colleges and may be transferable for high school dual enrollment (consult with your school guidance department).
  • Recommendations for college applications
  • Career opportunity exposure through field trips to biotech facilities in RTP and visits from local industry personnel.
  • Interact with undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and university faculty in an academic and social environment.


Who Should Apply?


  • High school rising juniors and seniors. (current sophomore or junior). 
  • Students must have a 3.5 GPA and must have counselor/principal recommendation.
  • Applicants should have a strong interest in biotechnology and/or science.
  • Applicants should have completed the necessary prerequisite high school courses.




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