Environmental Studies and Biotechnology

Functional Genomics and Clinical Consultation

1 year Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Extensive hands-on work in a functional genomic lab


Starts Fall 2020

Start your career in the emerging field of genomics. This program integrates molecular and cellular-based strategies to study the structure, function and regulation of an individual's genomic legacy. Learn to apply techniques such as genotyping and next generation sequencing to unlock the power of the genome. An emphasis will be placed on understanding the pathogenesis of diseases and learning how genetic variation interacts with an individual's environment, nutrition, and lifestyle. Canadore’s new innovative genomics laboratory is equipped with some of the most leading-edge technology in Canada including two DNA sequencers that provide the capacity for research in areas such as pharmacology, addictions, and disease prevention.

Your Future Career

  • Biologist
  • Embryologist
  • Geneticist
  • Micro/molecular biologist
  • Parasitologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Immunologist

What You Will Learn:

  • Genetic Profiles/Signatures
  • Next Generation Sequencing
  • Applied Molecular Genetics
  • Cellular Metabolism (Micronutrients)
  • Nutrigenomics
  • Pharmacogenetics and Toxicogenetics

Ontario College Diploma, Advanced Diploma, or Degree, or equivalent in the following areas:

Biotechnology diploma program (2- or 3-year); undergraduate health science degree program; or, be a licensed health care provider (e.g. MD, ND, RPH, RN, CN, DMD, DC).

If English is not your first language you must provide proof of English competency. You must have a minimum overall band score of 6.0, with no band less than 5.5, on the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent accepted English language proficiency test to be admitted to a postsecondary program at the college. Notwithstanding the above, the English proficiency standards required to obtain Study Permits and Temporary Resident Visas from Canadian Embassies vary around the world. The higher English language proficiency standard will apply.

The Student Direct Stream (SDS) is an expedited study permit processing program for those who are applying to study in Canada at a post-secondary designated learning institution (DLI). The language requirement is more stringent than listed above, as such an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or higher in each language skill: listening, reading, writing and speaking is required.

For more information on the Student Direct Stream (SDS) program please see:


Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

FGC100 Medical Ethics and Clinical Consultation
FGC110 Trends and Research in Genomics
FGC120 Applied Molecular Genetics
FGC130 Cellular Metabolism (Micronutrients)
FGC140 Epigenetics
FGC150 Genomics Journal Club - Teacher-led
FGC160 Experimental Statistics

Semester 2

FGC200 Population Health and Epidemiology (Case Study)
FGC220 Applied Genetic Profiling
FGC221 Independent Research Design on Genetically Associated Pathways (GAPs)
FGC230 Lab Skills and Clinical Consultation in Genomics
FGC240 Applied Genomic Theories
FGC250 Genomics Journal Club - Student-led
FGC260 Next Generation Sequencing

Check out the Campus Bookstore to not only purchase your textbooks but also view your book list before the semester starts. 

You will also need:

  • Lab Coat - apx. $20.00
  • A few boxes of latex-free gloves

Ontario College Graduate Certificate

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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Students and graduates who are looking to further their education have many options available. Explore the Transfer and Pathway Guide to learn more about these opportunities.