Biotechnology - Advanced (Co-op) (Fast-Track)

Program Code: 3632

School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science

Credential: Advanced Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 6 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: Morningside Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 8123

Qualified college or university graduates gain direct admission into year two (semester three) of this three-year Biotechnology – Advanced program, and receive their technologist advanced diploma in two years (four semesters plus two work terms).

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 to 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, Gel electrophoresis equipment etc.;
  • Prepare microbiological media and reagents; culture pathogenic microbes;
  • Design and perform advanced microbiology and microbial genetics experiments;
  • Use microorganisms to assay pharmaceutical products.


This program offers an optional co-op component.  Academically-qualified students enhance their education by working two terms as paid employees in their field.  The experience not only allows you to put classroom learning into practice, but also provides valuable contacts for future careers.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
ABEG-125 Occupational Health and Safety (online) Morningside 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 2
Course Code Course Title Location
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
COOP-221 Employment Pre-placement Progress Campus
ENGL-250 Report Writing in a Technical Environment Morningside Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Morningside Campus

Semester Note

COOP-222 Co-op Work Term 1 (3632)

COOP -331 Co-op Work Term 2 (3632)

Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
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 4
Course Code Course Title Location
BI-304 Environmental Microbiology Morningside Campus
BI-305 Advanced Biotechnology Morningside Campus
BI-308 Systematic Microbiology Morningside Campus
BI-321 Professional Practice Progress Campus
BI-322 Ethics (online) Morningside Campus

Program Highlights

  • National accreditation improves the mobility of graduates anywhere in Canada.
  • 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 (plus time spent in co-op placements).


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).


Career Outlook

  • Quality Control Technologist
  • Quality Assurance Technologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Production and Research Scientist
  • Research Associate
  • Analytical Chemist / Microbiologist
  • Laboratory Technologist
  • Scientist

Academic Requirements

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

Additional Requirements

  • Transcript review is required
  • Centennial College English Skills Assessment is required (must score 170 or 171 for admission)

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