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Available: Fall

Program Description

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.



2 Semesters (8 Months)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Your Career

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.


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • 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.

Applicant Selection

  • 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.

Additional Requirements

  • Pre-Admissions English test - Cost $55
  • Logic test
  • Applicant profile


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.

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

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

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.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Paola Battiston 416.491.5050 ext. 33760

Program Chair

Paola Battiston 416.491.5050 ext. 33760

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network