Biotechnology - Advanced (Fast Track) 3622

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Established as Toronto's first public college in 1966, Centennial College offers programs in business, communications, community and health studies, science and engineering technology, general arts, hospitality and transportation.
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Program code: 3622
School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Program Type: Fast-track program
Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters
Start Date: Fall, Winter
Location: Morningside Campus
Tel: 416-289-5000, ext. 8123

Qualified college or university graduates gain direct admission into year two (semester three) of this three-year program and receive their technologist diploma in two years (four semesters).

You will learn scientific principles, techniques and skills to work in industrial microbiology. Specialized study is also included in biotechnology applications, biochemistry, microbial genetics, clinical and environmental microbiology.

Theory and technical practice are combined with many opportunities to enhance experience. Also, project work, in consultation with faculty, helps you develop skills in research, laboratory techniques, report writing and presentation.

You will learn to:

  • Isolate, enumerate and identify microorganisms from many types of samples (water, soil, air, your body, food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products)
  • Perfect your aseptic techniques
  • Accurately calibrate and use a range of instruments such as pH and BOD meters, Gas Chromatographs, spectrophotometers (regular/IR/UV), HPLC’s, centrifuges, PCR thermocyclers and Gel electrophoresis equipment
  • Prepare microbiological media and reagents and culture pathogenic microbes
  • Design and perform advanced microbiology and microbial genetics experiments
  • Use microorganisms to assay pharmaceutical products


Discover the powerful and amazing world most people will never see. Centennial’s nationally accredited Biotechnology Technician/Technologist programs provide a thorough understanding of microbiology and related sciences, as well as technical skills used in industrial laboratory work. You’ll gain lab experience with COD meters and gas chromatographs, autoclaves, incubators, fermentation units and gel electrophoresis equipment. Train for the commercial food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical fields using independent projects. Focus on laboratory techniques, including appropriate safety procedures. Continue into the third year technology program and specialize in topics such as advanced biotechnology, systematic microbiology and microbial genetics.

Semester 3 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
BAM-108 Biological Techniques Morningside Campus
BI-207 Microbiology Project 1 Morningside Campus
BI-208 Food Microbiology Morningside Campus
CH-121 Organic Chemistry Morningside Campus
CH-207 Analytical Chemistry Morningside Campus
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Morningside Campus

Semester 4 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
BI-206 Microbiology Project 2 Morningside Campus
BI-209 Pharmaceutical Microbiology Morningside Campus
BI-312 Recombinant DNA Technology Morningside Campus
CH-222 Biochemistry 1 Morningside Campus
ENGL-250 Report Writing in a Technical Environment Morningside Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Morningside Campus

Semester 5 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
BI-302 Microbial Genetics Morningside Campus
BI-303 Microbiology Project 3 Morningside Campus
CH-302 Biochemistry 2 Morningside Campus
CH-317 Analytical Instrumentation for Biotechnology Morningside Campus

Semester 6 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
BI-304 Environmental Microbiology Morningside Campus
BI-305 Advanced Biotechnology Morningside Campus
BI-308 Systematic Microbiology Morningside Campus
BI-321 Professional Practice Morningside Campus
BI-322 Ethics (on-line) Morningside Campus

Career Outlook

Besides laboratory work, graduates may choose to use their knowledge in:
  • Product development
  • Production
  • Sales
Program Highlights
  • Apply for certification through OACETT (Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists) to use the following professional designation: CET (Certified Engineering Technologist)
  • Standard and specialized equipment (e.g. autoclaves, incubators, PCR thermocyclers and Gel electrophoresis equipment) is used
  • Eight ultra-modern labs and lecture facilities
  • Complete a three-year program in two years
CTAB Nationally Accredited Program

The Biotechnology - Advanced program has met the national technology accreditation requirements established by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) and, as such, has received national accreditation status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB).

Recognition as a Certified Engineering Technician/Technologist

The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) recognizes the Biotechnology - Advanced program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Technologist category.

The qualification requirements and costs for each external accreditation, designation, certification or recognition are set by the granting body, not by Centennial College.  In order to qualify for any external accreditations, designations, certifications or recognitions, students and graduates will need to follow the processes and meet the applicable requirements listed on the websites and in the materials of those external bodies.


Ready to discover what lies underneath the microscope lens? Gain real-world experience and get paid for it when you work for three terms in the field. Prepares you for the scientific principles, Techniques and skills required in industrial microbiology. Specialized studies includes Biochemistry, microbial genetics, clinical and environmental microbiology

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

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Career Outlook

Graduates are job-ready for quality control and related areas in government agencies and a broad range of industries including food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. The growing field of environmental protection also offers challenging opportunities for technicians/technologists. Besides laboratory work, graduates may choose to work in product development, production or sales management.