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Biotechnology Advanced

Available at: Kingston


Do you love all things science?  Investigating questions? Setting up experiments?  The Biotechnology Advanced program here at SLC is a predominantly hands-on, laboratory and practical based course.  As a student you will perform genetic assays, investigate contaminated soil and water, determine food-borne illnesses, clone for proteins, ferment antibiotics and create plant hybrids.

According to Statistics Canada, Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing global industries with Canada providing a strong and growing employer base in the biotech sector necessitating the demand for well-trained laboratory personnel. Our program employs contemporary molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, chemistry, biochemistry, fermentation and protein technology, applied genetics, cell culture, environmental and analytical instrumentation labs that offer practical training in all aspects of biotechnology with a focus on the hands-on applied skills that ensure our students are ready for immediate integration into the work force. The final 15 week semester of our program is dedicated to providing a real world learning opportunity by placing our students in a research or industrial work site as an entry-level Biotechnologist.

Study in Ireland

Graduates of this program can turn their advanced diploma into a degree. Learn how you can continue your education at Institute of Technology Sligo (pdf).

Joint Program with Queen's University

The joint program between St. Lawrence College and Queen's University combines a degree and diploma in Biotechnology. The new interdisciplinary program with a strong emphasis on laboratory based learning will combine the applied training of a college diploma and the research acuteness of a university degree, ensuring that students graduate with a unique set of skills and hands-on experience. For more information download our flyer or contact a Career College Advisor at

Queen's students with a Specialization in Biotechnology can apply to St. Lawrence College by using this form.

St. Lawrence College Biotechnology students can apply to Queen's University by using this form.



  • Perform DNA genotyping for disease diagnostics and forensic analyses
  • Genetically engineer bacteria for bioremediation and plants for phytoremediation
  • Conduct world class research in order to identify and combat diseases such as HIV, cancer and rabies
  • Develop new antibiotics to combat drug resistant pathogens or new and emerging diseases
  • Craft beer, wine, cheese and other food products
  • Produce therapeutic drugs
  • Research and design new assays and control methods for environmental contaminants/pollutants
  • Oversee the Quality Control/Quality Assurance programs that ensure food, beverage and pharmaceutical safety
  • Utilize microbial processes to produce 'green' alternative fuels
  • Use molecular and biochemical tools to assess and monitor the ecology of endangered species
  • Real-world learning (RWL) via a 15 week placement in a Biotechnology related facility

Career Opportunities

Biotechnology may be the best career for you if you:

  • A career that allows you to work in science from a hands-on perspective
  • Working to solve a broad variety of agricultural, medical, and environmental issues
  • An education that prepares you for a broad spectrum of science related jobs
  • An advanced diploma that is part of an international growth industry and that provides you with direct pathways to earn a university degree

Biotechnology graduates are employed in:

  • Academic research laboratories e.g. disease and medical research, ecology, bioremediation, genomics and proteomics
  • Commercial research, development and production of biological products such as pharmaceuticals, foods, alcoholic beverages, bulk chemicals and bio-pesticides
  • Microbiological, chemical and instrumental analyses of raw materials and finished products
  • Environmental protection through waste management, detection of soil and water contaminants/pollutants and application of bioremediation techniques. Graduates are eligible to take the OWWCO (Ontario Water/Wastewater Certification Office) exams.
  • The possibilities are endless!

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Program Name

Biotechnology Advanced

Program Code



Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

3 Years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Special Scholarship Opportunity: Qualified students may be eligible for special financial support, made possible through a generous gift donated to the St. Lawrence College Foundation, from the Advanced Technology Education Consortium (ATEC). For full details regarding the ATEC Technology Scholarships, applicant criteria and application forms, visit Bursaries and Scholarships

Program Outline 2019-20

Semester 1 (15 weeks)
BIOL 150 Cell Biology (45T)
BIOL 154 Introduction to Biotechnology I (15T + 60L)
CHEM 98 General Chemistry for Biotechnology (45T)
CHEM 151 General Chemistry Techniques (45L)
COMP 75 Computer Applications in Excel (30L)
MATH 141 Biological Mathematics (45T)

Semester 2 (15 weeks)
BIOL 155 Introduction to Biotechnology II (15T + 60L)
BIOL 156 Plant Biotechnology (30T)
CHEM 99 Organic and Applied Chemistry (30T)
INST1 Analytical Methods - Instrumental (15T + 30L)
MATH 145 Applied Laboratory Mathematics (15T + 15 Tutorial)
General Education Course

Semester 3 (15 weeks)
BIOL 153 Introduction to Microbiology (30T + 45L)
BIOL 254 Environmental Science (30T)
BIOL 355 Environmental Biology (21L)
BIOL 356 Environmental Chemistry (21L)
CHEM 253 Biochemistry (15T + 45L)
LABS 250 Laboratory Operations (15T + 15 Online)
General Education Online

Semester 4 (15 weeks)
BIOL 240 Immunology (30T)
BIOL 250 Microbiology - Food and Drug (15T + 60L)
BIOL 251 Molecular Biology (15T + 90L)
CHEM 252 Analytical Methods - Food and Drug (45L)
ETHS 150 Bioethics (15T + 15 Online)
General Education Online

Semester 5 (15 weeks)
BIOL 350 Applied Genetics (15T + 90L)
BIOL 353 Fermentation and Protein Technology (45L + 15 Online)
BIOL 357 Animal Handling and Legislation (15L)
BIOL 359 Tissue Culture and Applied Immunology (15T + 45L)
MATH 146 Biostatistics (30T)
INTN 23F Work Experience- Preparation (525 Hours)

Semester 6 (15 weeks)
INTN 23W Work Experience - Placement

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 12 Math at the C or U level; MTC4C recommended 
  • Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry at the C or U level 
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology at the C or U level

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.


It is expected that students entering the program will have WHIMS (Workplace Hazardous Information Management System) Training prior to entering the program or within the first two weeks of the program through the college.

Health Requirements

The health of each applicant accepted into the program must be such that you can: 

  • cope successfully with the program of instruction, including the field placement experience 
  • meet the health requirements of field placement settings.


for your clinical/practical placement.  THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.


Questions regarding completion of this form can be submitted to:

Note:  Full-time students coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1, can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.


 The Biotechnology Advanced program at SLC was a perfect choice for me. The lectures and lab work that I experienced over the last three years was really interesting. Choosing this program was a last-minute decision; I was looking up science programs and came across the Biotech page for SLC, and after reading about all of the courses, I was sold. I have always been interested in science and within two minutes of reading about the program I was excited to start school in the fall!

This program has helped improve my self-confidence and encouraged me to branch out to do things such as helping at open houses, becoming a peer tutor, and simply answering questions and taking on responsibilities I probably wouldn’t have done otherwise. All of the people that I have meet throughout this program have been amazing and I’m so lucky that I have developed so many life-long friends and relationships.

The placement has been an invaluable opportunity and experience. I am so lucky that I was able to participate in so many projects that helped improve my confidence and my lab skills. I look forward to continuing my education in Ireland at IT Sligo for the BSc in Medical Biotechnology as well as to the awesome career that I will have doing so many things that I love!

Vanessa Sabourin

Program Contact

Candace Scott

Admissions Information

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Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

WSIB Coverage: Students from health sciences' programs on placement are covered by Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) coverage in the event of an incident.

To be eligible:

  • A student must be currently registered in the program; 
  • The placement must be sanctioned by the educational institution;
  • The student must not be paid for the placement.  

"It is my sincere pleasure to write this letter attesting to the excellence of the Biotechnology Program offered at St. Lawrence College. I have accepted placement students from this program in my lab for the past three years, and I continue to be impressed with the quality of the trainees. It is clear that they are acquiring key skills and are being well prepared for work in the biotechnology field. My experience with the College has been great. In fact, my current laboratory technician is a graduate of this program. I would definitely recommend the St. Lawrence College Biotechnology Program for anyone who is interested in pursuing a technical career in this field."

Erik J. Suuronen, PhD
Director of Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering
Dep't of Surgery, Dep't of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
University of Ottawa Heart Institute


"The Biotechnology program at St. Lawrence College introduced me to a wide range of courses; from environmental chemistry to genetics, there was something of interest for everyone! However, what really impressed me was the faculty. All of the professors had extensive background in what they taught, and many of them split their time between teaching and doing current research in their field. They were up-to-date with all the latest techniques and equipment, and always had time for any student who had a question, or just wanted to talk. They helped make my time in the Biotechnology program a rewarding and enjoyable experience."

Stefanie Killen
Biotechnology Technologist, 2012

Advanced Standing

Applicants with post-secondary science credits may be eligible for direct entry to second year depending on transfer credits. Contact the Transfer Credit Advisor at
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