Our Biotechnology program prepares you to work as a laboratory technician (in quality control and quality assurance) in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

Biotechnology courses provide practical application in industrial microbiology as well as chemistry (analytical), organic chemistry and biochemistry. Laboratory techniques, including appropriate safety procedures, are extensively highlighted.

A special feature of this applied science program is its project-based approach, with independently-designed microbiology projects that enhance your problem-solving and research skills.

You learn to:

Isolate, enumerate and identify microorganisms from many types of samples (water, soil, air, your body, food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products).
Prepare specimens for staining and become an expert light-microscopist.
Become proficient in aseptic handling of materials.
Accurately calibrate and use a range of instruments such as pH and BOD meters, gas chromatographs, spectrophotometers (regular/IR/UV) and HPLCs.
Prepare microbiological media and reagents and culture pathogenic microbes.
Design and perform your own microbiology experiments.
Use microorganisms to assay pharmaceutical products.
You may graduate in two years as a biotechnician or continue into a third year to study specialized topics such as advanced biotechnology and microbial genetics or systematic microbiology, graduating from the Biotechnology – Advanced offering.


Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required)
Mathematics Grade 11 M or U, or 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required)


Start Date: Fall

Semester 1
Occupational Health and Safety
Intro to Biological Systems
Chemistry 1
College Communications 1
General Education Elective
Mathematics for Applied Science

Semester 2
Microbiology Techniques
Lab Instrumentation
Inorganic Chem. for Microbiology
College Communications 2
Statistics for Applied Science

Semester 3
Microbiology Project 1
Food Microbiology
Organic Chemistry
Analytical Chemistry
Report Writing in a Technical Environment
Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action

Semester 4
Microbiology Project 2
Pharmaceutical Microbiology
Recombinant DNA Technology
Biochemistry 1
General Education Elective

Salidas profesionales

Quality assurance technician
Microbiology lab technician
Chemist – calibration
Sterile specialist
Analytical chemist/microbiologist
Microbiology laboratory analyst
QC raw material analyst

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