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  • Biotechnology - Advanced

    Biotechnology - Advanced

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:BTA
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
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).



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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.


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

Upper Level Entry

With existing postsecondary education in biology, biotechnology, chemistry, pharmaceutical or technology disciplines, applicants may qualify to begin their Seneca College studies in a higher semester than 1. At the discretion of the academic area, upper level entry may be granted to applicants who partially qualify with the understanding that they need to take additional courses from previous semesters.

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 (5 subjects), 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 Semester 4 Work Term
Year 3 Semester 5 Work Term Work Term
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 Semester 4 Work Term
Year 3 Work Term Semester 5 Work Term
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):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
York University• Bachelor of Science (Tech) in Applied Biotechnology


University/CollegeDegrees Available
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


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


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.


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
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
BIT373 Biotechniques 6
CHO373 Chemistry - Organic 6
MBG353 Microbiology 5
SES391 Effective Technical Writing 3
BIC373 Biochemistry 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BIT473 Biotechniques 6
AIN473 Analytical Instrumentation 5
PHY453 Physics 3
STA453 Statistics 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
CPP100 Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only) 1
CWT100 Co-op Work Term (co-op option only)
Year 3
(Semester 5 and 6)
Course Name Hrs/Wk
Total of 8 Core Courses
BNF573 Bioinformatics 4
FMB573 Food Microbiology 5
BPH633 Biopharmaceuticals 3
IMU673 Immunology 5
MOB673 Molecular Genetics 6
TIC673 Tissue Culture 5
VIR673 Virology 5
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
and four of the following courses:
ANH573 Anatomy and Histology 5
BIT573 Advanced Techniques in Biotechnology 5
CPY573 Cell Physiology 5
OCC433 Occupational Health and Chemistry I 4
PHA333 Pharmaceutical Analysis 2
PHM633 Pharmaceutical Microbiology 5

Students graduating with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5 or greater in this program may be eligible to enter the B.Sc. programs at the University of Guelph through the Seneca–Guelph linkage agreement. For details contact the Program Co–ordinator.

General Education:

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which College English is a prerequisite.

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
College English
Science Survival
Semester 2
Advanced Computer Applications
General Education Option
Semester 3
Chemistry - Organic
Effective Technical Writing
Semester 4
Analytical Instrumentation
General Education Option
Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only)
Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)
Year 3 (Semesters 5 and 6)
Food Microbiology
Molecular Genetics
Tissue Culture
General Education Option
and TWO of the following
Anatomy and Histology
Cell Physiology
Occupational Health and Chemistry
Pharmaceutical Analysis
Pharmaceutical Microbiology

General Education:

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which College English is a prerequisite.

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Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Susan Gao
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22365
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Diane Duerden
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33006
Program Contacts:
Program Student Advisor: Monica Russell
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33769
Program Coordinator: Margot Wassenaar-Faber
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33248
Co-op Coordinator: Zahra Hirji
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33218
Program Chair: Paola Battiston
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33760
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Patricia Power graduated from the Biotechnology Advanced program and was able to move onto a master's degree in health sciences.

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