Biotechnology - Advanced - 671
- Elite program at the technologist level provides sought-after lab skills and training in cutting-edge trends in the biotechnology field.
- Graduates have enhanced opportunities for biotechnology careers and pathways to university.
What you'll learn
Fundamentals of applied molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, analytical instrumentation and bioengineering.
Investigate the advanced topics of clinical trials, drug discovery, cell culture, environmental biology and laboratory management.
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3 academic years (periods of 8 months)
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Learn about program delivery terms.
- OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
- Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
- Grade 12 Mathematics; MAP4C ≥ 80% or MCT4C; or any U or equivalent*
- Senior Science (Chemistry or Biology) is recommended
- Options are available for mature applicants
Language Requirements for Applicants with English as a Second Language
- See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:
- Successful completion of the GAS-English for Academic Purposes (478 or 278) program
- TOEFL minimum score of 550 (80 Internet based)
- or IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall with no band less than 5.5
- More information about acceptable certificates, can be found on the International Admission Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English.
Tuition and Fees
2023 - 2024 Domestic Tuition and Fees
|Description||Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Compulsory Ancillary Fees||$864.60||$758.46|
|Compulsory Program Fees||$0.00||$0.00|
|Total Domestic Charges Per Semester||$3,144.57||$3,002.38|
|Total 1st Year Fees||$6,146.95|
Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.
- Full Cost Breakdown
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2023 - 2024 International Tuition and Fees
|Description||Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee||$8,875.00||$8,875.00|
|Program Compulsory Fees||$0.00||$0.00|
|International Tax Recovery||$450.00||$375.00|
|Total International Per Semester||$9,656.66||$9,545.61|
|Total 1st Year Fees||$19,202.27|
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Course Overview & Descriptions
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How you’ll gain skills
- Receive classroom instruction combined with hands-on laboratory experience to perform and coordinate tasks in the following areas:
- DNA analysis including electrophoresis, cloning and PCR (polymerase chain reaction)
- Protein analysis including electrophoresis and chromatography
- DNA and protein absorption spectrophotometry
- Basic and Advanced techniques in microbiology
- Cell Biology and Cell Culture
- Food safety
- Immunology and Virology
- Explore academic content through field trips and site visits.
- Gain valuable experience during co-op work terms.
To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning.
**Please note: The first co-op intake for program 671 will be offered in September 2023.
Co-op Format (Fall Intake)
|September to December||January to April||May to August|
|Semester 1||Semester 2||Vacation|
|Semester 3||Semester 4||Work Term 1 (Co-op)|
|Semester 5||Work Term 2 (Co-op)||Work Term 3 (Co-op)|
|Work Term 4 (Co-op)||Semester 6|
Co-op Format (Winter Intake)
|January to April||May to August||September to December|
|Semester 1||Semester 2||Semester 3|
|Semester 4||Work Term 1 (Co-op)||Semester 5|
|Work Term 2 (Co-op||Work Term 3 (Co-op)||Work Term 4 (Co-op)|
Co-op Delivery and Fees
This program has a mandatory co-op, as part of the program of study. The annual co-op fee structure can be found on the Tuition and Fees page.
For questions, please contact the Co-op Specialist listed at the bottom of the webpage.
Driver's License and Vehicle
Please note that the majority of co-op positions for this program require that students have a valid driver's license ('G' class preferred) and access to a vehicle.
Work Term Capabilities
(which do not reflect individual's personal work experience)
Classroom instruction, combined with hands-on laboratory experience, have provided the student with sufficient knowledge to perform tasks in the following areas:
- Micropipetting, extractions, titrations, centrifugation and pH measurements using Good Lab Practices (GLP)
- DNA analysis (DNA quantification, agarose gel electrophoresis, use of gel documentation equipment/software, transformations, cloning, PCR, qPCR)
- Protein Analysis (protein quantification, SDS PAGE, Western blotting, chromatography)
- Techniques in general, food, and pharmaceutical microbiology
- Techniques in plant and animal cell culture (biosafety cabinet use)
- Bioreactor/Fermentation Technology
- Pharmaceutical Quality Guidelines (GLPs, GMPs, ICH, USP)
- SOPs, Good Documentation Practices
- HPLC, GC-MS
- Quality control
|Co-op Pay Range||Co-op Pay Average|
|Range: $16.55 - $26.00||Average: $18.00|
For further information, please contact:
Rebecca Larson, Co-op Specialist
Email: rebecca.larson [at] mohawkcollege.ca (Rebecca Larson)
Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.
In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.
Your future career options
- Biotech Laboratory Technologist
- Biotech Production and Technical Sales Representative
- Production Management
- Quality Control
- Water Treatment
- Biotech Research
Where you could work includes:
- Food and Agriculture
- Biotechnology Research
- Pharmaceutical and Biologic Production
- Bioscience Laboratories (Public & Private)
- Water/Waste Water Facilities
- Bioremediation Companies
- Biofuel Companies
Opportunities for grads
Graduates may be eligible to be registered as associate members of The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).
Pathways to Mohawk
If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.
This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.
Pathways within Mohawk
If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *
We offer a diverse range of programs to further your studies within Mohawk following completion of this program. *
Pathways beyond Mohawk
Earn a degree:
- Fanshawe College - Honours Bachelor of Applied Technology - Biotechnology
- Qualified graduates may apply to the McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology - Biotechnology Combined Degree/Diploma Program to enter Year 3 of the program. Contact the usha.vivegananthan [at] mohawkcollege.ca (program coordinator) at Mohawk College or the McMaster Faculty of Engineering at thinkeng [at] mcmaster.ca (thinkeng[at]mcmaster[dot]ca) directly for more information.
See ontransfer.ca for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.
Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.
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