School of Environmental Studies and Biotechnology

Biotechnology - Technologist

3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

2 years Ontario College Diploma

Learn hands-on techniques from current, well-published professors.


Technician - 2 Years / Technologist - 3 Years

The field of biotechnology is vast and limitless. Graduates can go on to work in a variety of settings and industries including health, agriculture and natural resources. The program prepares students for rewarding careers exploring solutions to a variety of problems facing our planet, such as cancer research, control of infectious diseases, food shortages, and environmental sustainability.

Field placement option available in the Technologist stream of this program.

Your Future Career

  • Research laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Agriculture and food production
  • Bioinformatics
  • Quality control
  • Forensics
  • Mining and environmental cleanup

What You Learn

  • Genetics
  • Micro/molecular biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Inorganic and organic chemistry
  • Immunology and virology
  • Botany
  • Biostatistics and bioinformatics
  • Pharmacology/toxicology

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U, any Gr 11 Math (C) or (U), One (1) of the following sciences: Biology: Gr 11 or 12 (C) or (U), (SBI 3C, SBI 3U, SBI 4U); Chemistry: Gr 11 or 12 (C) or (U), (SCH 3U, SCH 4U, SCH 4C); Physics: Gr 11 or 12 (C) or (U), (SPH 3U, SPH 4U, SPH 4C)

If English is not your first language you must either provide proof of English competency or take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). You must have a minimum overall band score of 5.5 on IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer scored) or 80 IBT (internet based) to be admitted to a postsecondary program at the college. SPP in India requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

BTN 100 Cell Biology
BTN 105 State of Biotechnology
BTN 110 Organ Physiology
CLT 100 Canada's First Peoples
CHM 110 Inorganic Chemisty
CMM 125 College Communications I
PHY 155 Physics for Biotechnology

Semester 2

BTN 131 Genetics
BTN 215 Biochemistry I (7 wks)
BTN 230 Organic Chemistry (7 wks)
BTN 300 Biostatistical Applications I
BTN 335 Botany
BTN 415 Scientific Literacy
MTH 130 Calculus
CIS 201 Introduction to Programming

Semester 3

BTN 210 General Microbiology
BTN 320 Immunology
BTN 321 Bioinformatics
BTN 325 Biochemistry II
BTN 441 Statistical Progamming
BTN 405 Molecular Biology

Semester 4

BTN 310 Industrial Microbiology
GED 135 Personal Success
BTN 430 Pharmacology / Toxicology
BTN 435 Proteomics
BTN 445 Applied Bioinformatics
BTN 455 Virology
GENED General Education Elective - Online

Semester 5

BTN 500 Field Placement 1
BTN 502 Biotechnology Issues
BTN 600 Field Placement II
BTN 601 Field Placement Report
BTN 603 Biotechnology Issues II
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Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

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Pathway to Canadore College Programs

  • Advertising and Marketing Communications - 1 year to complete
  • Environmental Management – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation and Leisure Services – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation Therapy – 1 year to complete
  • Strength and Sport Conditioning – 1 year to complete

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Ontario?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Canada?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution Internationally?

Please contact the Pathways Officer if you have additional questions regarding the credit transfer process:

Micheline Demers – Pathways Officer
705.474.7600 ext 5139