|Duration:||2 Semesters (8 Months)|
|Start Dates:||Fall, |
Start dates are subject to change
|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 biotechnology–related program).
As a student in BIF, you'll receive specific training in Bioinformatics, focusing on:
- Computer operating systems (UNIX, Windows);
- Programming and scripting (C, Perl, HTML, Java);
- Data Storage, management and analysis (Oracle, SQL);
- Computer applications used in this field;
- Current molecular biology laboratory techniques.
- A three–year diploma or recognized degree from an accredited institution in Biotechnology, Biology (or a closely related field).
- Working knowledge of a Windows PC environment, word processor and web browser.
- English proficiency at the college level is required.
- All eligible applicants are required to:
- complete an Applicant Profile;
- complete a logic test.
- Applicants are selected on the basis of the results of the two above assignments, English proficiency, and academic credentials.
- A home PC or laptop and ISP are highly recommended.
- A familiarity with statistics is strongly recommended.
- A demonstrated ability to interpret, plan and use a systematic approach to solving problems would be beneficial.
- Previous exposure to computer programming/coding would be beneficial.
The Importance of Learning Skills:
Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well-organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.
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.
All students are required to follow guidelines, policies and procedures set down by the School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry.
Diploma to Degree... and Beyond
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 Bachelors or Master of Business Administration|
|Semester 1||Subject 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||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|BIF724||Bioinformatics Programming with Perl||5|
|BIF806||Independent Group Project||1|
|BIF812||Concepts of Programming with Java||6|
|For more information, please visit our website at: http://biochem.senecacollege.ca.|
|Program Student Advisor:||Monica Russell
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33769
|Program Coordinator:||Stephanie Ditta
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33778
|Program Chair:||Iain McNab
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33410
|Domestic Admissions Advisor:||TBA
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
|International Admissions Advisor:||Aakashni Ram
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22085
|Registration & Records Advisor:||Diane Duerden
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33006