School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science - Centennial College - Toronto

Diploma Biotechnology Advanced (Fast Track) - Diploma en Biotecnología Avanzada

School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science - Centennial College - Toronto


Centennial College´s Biotechnology - Advanced Fast-Track program sees qualified college or university graduates gain direct admission into year two (semester three) of a three-year Biotechnology program, and receive their technologist advanced diploma in two years (four semesters).

In the Biotechnology - Advanced (Fast Track) program´s courses, you learn the scientific principles, techniques and skills needed to work in industrial microbiology and chemistry. Specialized study in biotechnology applications, biochemistry, microbial genetics and clinical and environmental microbiology is also included.

You´ll learn the theory and technical practice needed to succeed in the field, combined with many opportunities for you to enhance your experience. Additionally, project work, in consultation with faculty, helps you to further develop your skills in research, laboratory techniques, report writing and presentation.

You learn to:

Perfect your aseptic techniques.
Isolate, enumerate and identify microorganisms from many types of samples (the human body, water, soil, air, food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products).
Accurately calibrate and use a range of instruments such as pH and BOD meters, gas chromatographs, spectrophotometers (regular/IR/UV), HPLCs, centrifuges, PCR thermocyclers and gel electrophoresis equipment.
Prepare microbiological media and reagents.
Culture pathogenic microbes.
Design and perform advanced microbiology and microbial genetics experiments.
Use microorganisms to assay pharmaceutical products.


College diploma or university degree in chemistry/biology, engineering, or related discipline

Additional Requirements:
Transcript review
Centennial College English Skills Assessment (must score 170 or 171 for admission)


Start Date:Fall, Winter, Summer

Semester 1
Occupational Health and Safety
Biological Techniques
Microbiology Project 1
Food Microbiology
Organic Chemistry
Analytical Chemistry
College Communications 2

Semester 2
Microbiology Project 2
Pharmaceutical Microbiology
Recombinant DNA Technology
Biochemistry 1
Report Writing in a Technical Environment
Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action

Semester 3
Microbial Genetics
Microbiology Project 3
Biochemistry 2
Analytical Instrumentation for Biotechnology

Semester 4
Environmental Microbiology
Advanced Biotechnology
Systematic Microbiology
Professional Practice
Ethics (online)

Salidas profesionales

Quality control technologist
Production and research scientist
Research associate
Analytical chemist/microbiologist
Laboratory technologist
Quality assurance technologist

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