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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
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Overview

Biotechnology courses at Centennial College provide practical application in industrial microbiology as well as chemistry (analytical), organic chemistry and biochemistry. Laboratory techniques, including appropriate safety procedures, are extensively highlighted.

A special feature of this applied science program is its project-based approach, with independently-designed microbiology projects that enhance your problem-solving and research skills. 

You learn to:

  • Isolate, enumerate and identify microorganisms from many types of samples (water, soil, air, your body, food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products).
  • Prepare specimens for staining and become an expert light-microscopist.
  • Become proficient in aseptic handling of materials.
  • Accurately calibrate and use a range of instruments such as pH and BOD meters, gas chromatographs, spectrophotometers (regular/IR/UV) and HPLCs.
  • Prepare microbiological media and reagents and culture pathogenic microbes.
  • Design and perform your own microbiology experiments.
  • Use microorganisms to assay pharmaceutical products.

You may graduate in two years as a biotechnician or continue into a third year to study specialized topics such as advanced biotechnology and microbial genetics or systematic microbiology, graduating from the Biotechnology – Advanced offering.

Career Outlook

  • Quality assurance technician
  • Microbiology lab technician
  • Chemist – calibration
  • Sterile specialist
  • Analytical chemist/microbiologist
  • Microbiology laboratory analyst
  • QC raw material analyst

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    International students: Apply early! Allow approximately four to six months before start for admission and Study Permit/Visa processing. 

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    Part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Blended, Online

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Occupational Health and Safety (online)
  • Chemistry
  • College Communications
  • General Education Elective
  • Mathematics for Applied Science

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

  • Minimum required score:

    51

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

    More about PTE Academic

General Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
  • Mathematics Grade 11 M or U, or 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take a Centennial College Engineering Math Skills Assessment for Admission 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14937 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14937 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    2721 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2721 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Toronto

  • 1502 - 2570 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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