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Biotechnology - Advanced

Biotechnology - Advanced

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:BTA
Campus:Seneca@York
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Offered:Fall
Winter
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

This program prepares you to work as a research technologist in life sciences through familiarization with scientific methods, experimental techniques and research equipment. You'll gain the theoretical and practical training to perform assays with the level of efficiency, precision and accuracy necessary for research and development work.

Since the number of seats at the third semester level is limited, students who fail to maintain a semester GPA of at least 2.5 during their first year and each subsequent semester will be transferred to an alternative program within the School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry.

Common First Year

In the School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry, the Technician (two-year) and Technologist (three-year) programs have a common first year, that is, semester one and semester two.

Areas of Study

You'll study a wide range of topics, including: molecular genetics, immunology, tissue culture, virology, biological and biochemical techniques, histology, cell biology, biochemistry, computers and statistics, as well as a common first year of basic biology, chemistry and mathematics.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: MCR3(U)
    • Grade 11 Biology: (C) or (U)
    • Grade 12 Chemistry: (C)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Note:

Fees

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Your Career

Become a research technologist in life sciences. Earn your advanced diploma in the Biotechnology – Advanced program and you'll be prepared for a rewarding career in research laboratories of university, hospital and government institutes, as well as in the research and development areas of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Affiliations/Associations

  • Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM)
  • Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC)

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 fourth academic semester, you’ll begin to integrate your academic study with practical work experience in industrial, governmental and university laboratories. The experience you'll gain during these work-placement semesters 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'll be required to successfully complete the professional theory and practice subjects and two out of the three available work term semesters. In this option, you must 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 semesters.

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 third academic semester. Note that a minimum GPA of 3.0 (cumulative from semesters one, two and three, as well as a minimum "B" grade in College English 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.

 

Co-op Model #1
  Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2/1 Vacation/Semester 2
Year 2 Semester 3 Work Term 1 Semester 4
Year 3 Semester 5 Work Term 2 Work Term 3 (optional)
Year 4 Semester 6    

 


Co-op Model #2
  Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2/1 Vacation/Semester 2
Year 2 Semester 3 Work Term 1 Semester 4
Year 3 Work Term 2 Semester 5 Work Term  3 (optional)
Year 4 Semester 6    

 


Co-op Model #3
  Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2/1 Vacation/Semester 2
Year 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Work Term
Year 3 Semester 5 Work Term Vacation
Year 4 Semester 6    

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):

Ontario

University/CollegeDegrees Available
Carleton University• Any relevant major
University of Guelph• Bachelor of Science
• Bachelor of Science (Honours) in the Molecular Biosciences
Lakehead University• Honours Bachelor of Science (Applied Bio-Molecular Science)
University of Ontario Institute of Technology• Bachelor of Allied Health Sciences (BAHSc) (Honours)
• Bachelor of Science (BSc) (Honours) in Biological Science – Direct Entry

Canada

University/CollegeDegrees Available
Royal Roads University• Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Practice or Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Practice

U.S.

University/CollegeDegrees Available
University at Buffalo• Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant semester.

Courses

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.

2016/2017 Academic Year

Semester 1
BIO173 Biology
CHM173 Chemistry
EAC150 College English
MTH173 Mathematics
SSA001 Science Survival
 
Semester 2
ACA273 Advanced Computer Applications
BIO273 Biology
CHM273 Chemistry
MTH273 Mathematics
plus: General Education Course*
 
Semester 3
BIC373 Biochemistry
BIT373 Biotechniques
CHO373 Chemistry - Organic
MBG353 Microbiology
SES391 Effective Technical Writing
CPP100 Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only)
 
Co-op Work Term 1
CWT100 Co-op Work Term (co-op option only)
 
Semester 4
AIN573 Analytical Instrumentation
BIT473 Biotechniques
PHY453 Physics
STA473 Statistics
plus: General Education Course*
 
Semester 5
IMU673 Immunology
BNF573 Bioinformatics
MOB673 or
TIC673
Molecular Genetics or
Tissue Culture
CPP200 Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only)
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: General Education Course*
 
Co-op Work Term 2
CWT200 Co-op Work Term II (co-op option only)
 
Semester 6
BPH633 Biopharmaceuticals
FMB573 Food Microbiology
VIR673 Virology
MOB673 or
TIC673
Molecular Genetics or
Tissue Culture
plus: Professional Option Course
 
Professional Options
ANH573 Anatomy and Histology
BIT573 Advanced Techniques in Biotechnology
CPY573 Cell Physiology
OCC433 Occupational Health and Chemistry I
PHA333 Pharmaceutical Analysis
PHM633 Pharmaceutical Microbiology
 
* One of the General Education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which EAC150 is a prerequisite.

2015/2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015 & Winter 2016

Semester 1
BIO173 Biology
CHM173 Chemistry
EAC150 College English
MTH173 Mathematics
SSA001 Science Survival
 
Semester 2
ACA273 Advanced Computer Applications
BIO273 Biology
CHM273 Chemistry
MTH273 Mathematics
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 3
BIC373 Biochemistry
BIT373 Biotechniques
CHO373 Chemistry - Organic
MBG353 Microbiology
SES391 Effective Technical Writing
CPP100 Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only)
 
Co-op Work Term 1
CWT100 Co-op Work Term (co-op option only)
 
Semester 4
AIN473 Analytical Instrumentation
BIT473 Biotechniques
PHY453 Physics
STA373 Statistics
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 5
IMU673 Immunology
BNF573 Bioinformatics
MOB673 or
TIC673
Molecular Genetics or
Tissue Culture
CPP200 Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only)
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: General Education Course
 
Co-op Work Term 2
CWT200 Co-op Work Term II (co-op option only)
 
Semester 6
BPH633 Biopharmaceuticals
FMB573 Food Microbiology
VIR673 Virology
MOB673 or
TIC673
Molecular Genetics or
Tissue Culture
plus: Professional Option Course
 
Professional Options
ANH573 Anatomy and Histology
BIT573 Advanced Techniques in Biotechnology
CPY573 Cell Physiology
OCC433 Occupational Health and Chemistry I
PHA333 Pharmaceutical Analysis
PHM633 Pharmaceutical Microbiology

Summer 2016

Semester 1
BIO173 Biology
CHM173 Chemistry
EAC150 College English
MTH173 Mathematics
SSA001 Science Survival
 
Semester 2
ACA273 Advanced Computer Applications
BIO273 Biology
CHM273 Chemistry
MTH273 Mathematics
plus: General Education Course*
 
Semester 3
BIC373 Biochemistry
BIT373 Biotechniques
CHO373 Chemistry - Organic
MBG353 Microbiology
SES391 Effective Technical Writing
CPP100 Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only)
 
Co-op Work Term 1
CWT100 Co-op Work Term (co-op option only)
 
Semester 4
AIN473 Analytical Instrumentation
BIT473 Biotechniques
PHY453 Physics
STA373 Statistics
plus: General Education Course*
 
Semester 5
IMU673 Immunology
BNF573 Bioinformatics
MOB673 or
TIC673
Molecular Genetics or
Tissue Culture
CPP200 Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only)
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: General Education Course*
 
Co-op Work Term 2
CWT200 Co-op Work Term II (co-op option only)
 
Semester 6
BPH633 Biopharmaceuticals
FMB573 Food Microbiology
VIR673 Virology
MOB673 or
TIC673
Molecular Genetics or
Tissue Culture
plus: Professional Option Course
 
Professional Options
ANH573 Anatomy and Histology
BIT573 Advanced Techniques in Biotechnology
CPY573 Cell Physiology
OCC433 Occupational Health and Chemistry I
PHA333 Pharmaceutical Analysis
PHM633 Pharmaceutical Microbiology
 
* One of the General Education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which EAC150 is a prerequisite.

2014/2015 Academic Year

Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BIO173 Biology 6
CHM173 Chemistry 6
EAC150 College English 3
MTH173 Mathematics 5
SSA001 Science Survival 1
 
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ACA273 Advanced Computer Applications 3
BIO273 Biology 6
CHM273 Chemistry 6
MTH273 Mathematics 5
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BIC373 Biochemistry 3
BIT373 Biotechniques 6
CHO373 Chemistry - Organic 6
MBG353 Microbiology 5
SES391 Effective Technical Writing 3
CPP100 Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only) 1
 
Co-op Work Term 1
CWT100 Co-op Work Term (co-op option only)
 
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
AIN473 Analytical Instrumentation 5
BIT473 Biotechniques 6
PHY453 Physics 3
STA373 Statistics 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
IMU673 Immunology 5
MOB673 or
TIC673
Molecular Genetics or
Tissue Culture
6
5
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
CPP200 Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only) 1
 
Co-op Work Term 2
CWT200 Co-op Work Term II (co-op option only)
 
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BPH633 Biopharmaceuticals 3
VIR673 Virology 5
MOB673 or
TIC673
Molecular Genetics or
Tissue Culture
6
5
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
 
Professional Options
ANH573 Anatomy and Histology 5
BIT573 Advanced Techniques in Biotechnology 5
BNF573 Bioinformatics 3
CPY573 Cell Physiology 5
FMB573 Food Microbiology 3
OCC433 Occupational Health and Chemistry I 4
PHA333 Pharmaceutical Analysis 2
PHM633 Pharmaceutical Microbiology 5

Contact Us

http://biochem.senecacac.on.ca/
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Carsten Wuertz
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22803
Carsten.Wuertz@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: Susan Gao
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22365
Susan.Gao@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Diane Duerden
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33006
Diane.Duerden@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Program Student Advisor: Monica Russell
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33769
Monica.Russell@senecacollege.ca
Program Coordinator: Margot Wassenaar-Faber
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33248
Margot.Wassenaar-Faber@senecacollege.ca
Co-op Coordinator: Laura Patton
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33063
Laura.Patton@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Paola Battiston
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33760
Paola.Battiston@senecacollege.ca
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