Biotechnology - Advanced (Fast Track/Co-op) 3632

About Centennial
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: 3632
School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Program Type: Fast-track program
Program Length: 2 years/ 6 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 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

Co-op

This program offers an optional co-op component. Academically-qualified students enhance their education by working two 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 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
COOP-221 Employment Preplacement Morningside Campus
ENGL-250 Report Writing in a Technical Environment Morningside Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Morningside Campus
 
COOP-222  Co-op Work Term 1 (3632)
COOP -331  Co-op Work Term 2 (3632)


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
 

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)


Career Outlook
Besides laboratory work, graduates may choose to use their knowledge in:
  • Product development
  • Production
  • Sales


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.

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

CO-OP REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum 2.5 CGPA and completion of all core courses and a minimum C grade in COMM-170-171 are required to qualify for COOP-221 and subsequent co-op work placements
  • Departmental academic standards for co-op eligibility also applies

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