|Duration:||2 Semesters (8 Months)|
|Credential Awarded:||Ontario College Graduate Certificate|
Bioinformatics is the application of computer programming to the management and analysis of biological information and is used to address biological problems. Bioinformatics is essential in examining how data from biological experiments can be used to generate critical information about gene sequence and function, protein structure, molecular evolution, drug targets and disease mechanisms in today’s science– and technology–driven world. This emerging field requires individuals with a multi– disciplinary background in biology and computer science.
This program is designed to meet the increased demand for trained bioinformatics professionals by providing further training for people holding a university degree or three-year college diploma in biotechnology (or a biotechnology–related program).
As a student in this program, you’ll receive specific training in bioinformatics, focusing on:
- computer operating systems (UNIX, Windows)
- programming and scripting (Perl, HTML, Java)
- data Storage, management and analysis (Oracle, SQL)
- computer applications used in this field
- current molecular biology laboratory techniques.
- A recognized degree or three year post secondary diploma from an accredited institution in Biotechnology, Biology, or a closely related field.
- English proficiency at the postsecondary level.
- Pre-Admissions English test - Cost $55
- Logic test
- Applicant profile
- Applicants will be invited to attend an orientation session where they will complete the Pre-Admissions English test, logic test and applicant profile.
- Applicants are ranked based on the strength of their Pre-Admissions English test, logic test and applicant profile.
- Admission to this program is highly competitive. Only the top ranked applicants will be offered a seat in the program.
- Although not required for admission, the following are recommended for your success in the program:
- A home PC or laptop and ISP
- Familiarity with statistics
- Basic computer skills including office software
- Previous exposure to computer programming/coding.
Bioinformatics is a rapidly expanding area requiring personnel with multi–disciplinary backgrounds in biotechnology and computer science. With your graduate certificate in Bioinformatics, you’ll be prepared for a successful career in a variety of roles such as bioinformatics technician, bioinformatics scientist or as a bioinformatics resource for a biotechnology or pharmaceutical laboratory.
Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):
|Davenport University||• Any relevant Bachelor or Master of Business Administration|
Co-operative Education Option
Should you choose the co–operative education option, you’ll find that it’s an important partnership between the employer, Seneca and you. Following the two academic semesters, you’ll begin to integrate your academic study with practical work experience in academic, industrial and governmental settings. The experience you’ll gain during this work–placement semester provides considerable reinforcement to your overall studies and is a way for you to connect with employers for potential future employment.
As part of the graduation requirements, you must successfully complete the professional theory and practice subjects, as well as the work–term semester. In this option, you must also achieve a high academic standing (GPA 3.0) in each semester, while maintaining a full course load, as well as fulfilling other responsibilities in order to continue in the program or qualify for the work semester.
A “Policies and Guidelines for Students” document, that elaborates on this cautionary note, is available from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology co–operative education office.
Admission to the co–operative education program is by application during the first academic semester. Note that a minimum GPA of 3.0 from semester one is required to be eligible, but does not necessarily guarantee entry into the co–operative education option. As part of the selection process the Promotion Committee will play a key role in assessing the suitability of students to participate in co–operative education.
|Year 1||Semester 1||Semester 2||Work-Term|
Important Academic Dates
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Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.
|2014/2015 Academic Year|
|Semester 1||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|BIF712||Concepts of Programming with Perl||6|
|BIF713||Operating Systems and Project Management||3|
|BIF804||Molecular Biology and Biotechnology||5|
|BIF805||Biological Data Systems||4|
|Semester 2||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|BIF724||Bioinformatics Programming with Perl||5|
|BIF807||Data Driven Approaches to Analysis||3|
|BIF806||Independent Group Project||1|
|BIF812||Concepts of Programming with Java||6|
|2015/2016 Academic Year|
|Biological Data Systems|
|Data Driven Approaches to Analysis|
|Independent Group Project|
|For more information, please visit our website at: http://biochem.senecacollege.ca.|
|Domestic Admissions Advisor:|| (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
|International Admissions Advisor:||Susan Gao
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22365
|Registration & Records Advisor:|
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33006
|Student Advisor:||Monica Russell
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33769
|Program Coordinator:||Dan Fieldhouse
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33321
|Co-op Coordinator:||Zahra Hirji
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33778
|Program Chair:||Paola Battiston
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33760