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Biotechnology - Advanced

Available: Winter, Fall

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.

Campus

Duration

6 Semesters (3 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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)

Work-Integrated Learning - Optional

Optional Work Term

Students meeting all academic requirements may have the opportunity to complete an optional work term(s) in a formal work environment.  The work term(s) is similar in length to an academic semester and typically involves full-time work hours that may be paid or unpaid. In programs with limited work term opportunities, additional academic requirements and a passing grade on a communication assessment may be required for eligibility.  Eligibility for participation does not guarantee a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for those participating in the optional work term stream regardless of success in securing a work position.

Work-Integrated Learning 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    
Work-Integrated Learning 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    
Work-Integrated Learning 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    

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

  • 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

  • Students who do not meet these requirements may be given an alternate offer for the Applied Science and Technology Fundamentals certificate program.

Program Costs

2017-18 ACADEMIC YEAR

Tuition – Domestic

$3,753

Tuition – International

$14,240

Book & Supply Costs

$730


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.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.

Admissions

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

Domestic
Carsten Wuertz 416.491.5050 ext. 22803 Carsten.Wuertz@senecacollege.ca
International

Student Recruitment

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Student Recruitment
Additional Contacts

Program Coordinator

Margot Wassenaar-Faber 416.491.5050 ext. 33248 Margot.Wassenaar-Faber@senecacollege.ca

Program Chair

Paola Battiston 416.491.5050 ext. 33760 Paola.Battiston@senecacollege.ca

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