Biotechnology Co-op Overview

Co-op Format (Fall Intake)

September to December January to April May to August
Semester 1 Semester 2 Vacation
Semester 3  Work Term 1
Work Term 2
Work Term 3
September 4  


Co-op Format (Winter Intake)

January to April May to August September to December
Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Work Term 1 (Co-op) Work Term 2 (Co-op) Work Term 3 (Co-op)
September 4    

Learn more about Biotechnology


Work Term Capabilities

(which do not reflect individual work experiences & exposures)

Classroom instruction, combined with hands-on laboratory experience, have provided the student with sufficient knowledge to perform tasks in the following areas:

  • DNA and protein absorption spectrophotometry
  • Agarose gel DNA electrophoresis, PCR
  • Chromatography
  • SDS PAGE (Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis)
  • Basic laboratory techniques in microbiology
  • Micropipetting, extractions, titrations, centrifugation and pH measurements using Good Lab Practices (GLP)
  • Pharmaceutical Quality Guidelines (GLPs, GMPs, ICH, USP)
  • SOPs, Good Documentation Practices
  • HPLC and UV/Vis
  • Quality control

Program Objectives

Biotechnology encompasses a wide field of studies including molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics (including genetic engineering), cell biology,  microbiology (including forensics and food processing), analytical instrumentation, and  bioengineering.

The program is designed to prepare students as biotechnology technicians through the familiarization with scientific methods and experimental techniques, in accordance with accepted principles of quality assurance and manufacturing.

The first academic semester is common with the Environmental Technician and Biotechnology Technician (Health) program of studies, followed by three semesters focusing on specialized courses relating to manufacturing, and laboratory quantitative and qualitative analyses in the field of biotechnology.


Graduates may seek entry level positions in public or private laboratories as laboratory assistants or as technicians in manufacturing facilities. These laboratories may be found in pharmaceutical or biologic companies, food processing industries, agricultural product industries, companies involved in plant or livestock genetic engineering, or in environmental engineering companies.

Program Recognition

The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) conditionally recognizes this program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Certified Technician (CTech) category. Graduates and final year students are immediately eligible to be registered as Associate members of OACETT upon submission of the Graduate Application form available through OACETT. Additional requirements to become fully certified (work experience, the OACETT Professional Practice Examination, peer references, etc.) will be requested once the application has been received. Requirements for certification are the jurisdiction of OACETT.

Co-op Rate  
Range: $14.00 - $26.00 Average: $18.00

For further information, please contact:

Julie Farnand, Co-op Specialist
Phone: 905-575-2163
Email: julie.farnand [at] (Julie Farnand)