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Biotechnology Advanced

Available at: Kingston


Do you love all things science? Investigating questions? Setting up experiments? The Biotechnology Advanced program at St. Lawrence College 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: earn a Degree in one year

Graduates of the Biotechnology Advanced program can turn their advanced diploma into a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Biotechnology degree in one year (two academic semesters) in Ireland at the Institute of Technology Sligo. Click here to download the flyer (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 (pdf) or contact a Student Recruitment Officer at

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

St. Lawrence College Biotechnology Advanced 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

Career Opportunities

Biotechnology may be the best career for you if you are interested in:

  • 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!

Courses in the Biotechnology Advanced program

Check out the Program Outline below to see a list of courses and course descriptions. To understand the flow of courses, click here to view a Program Map for Biotechnology Advanced.

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 2020-21

Semester 1 (15 weeks)
BIOL 150 Cell Biology
BIOL 154 Introduction to Biotechnology
CHEM 98 General Chemistry Theory
CHEM 151 General Chemistry Techniques
COMP 75 Computer Applications in Excel
MATH 141 Introduction to Scientific Mathematics

Semester 2 (15 weeks)
MATH 145 Applied Laboratory Mathematics
INST1 Analytical Methods Instrumentation
CHEM 99 Organic and Applied Chemistry
BIOL 156 Plant Biotechnology
BIOL 155 Advanced Biotechnology
COMM 110 Communications for College
General Education Course

Semester 3 (15 weeks)
BIOL 153 Introductory Microbiology
BIOL 254 Environmental Science
BIOL 355 Environmental Biology Labs
BIOL 356 Environmental Chemistry Labs
LABS 250 Laboratory Operations
BIOL 202 Applied Biochemistry
General Education Online

Semester 4 (15 weeks)
BIOL 251 Molecular Biology
CHEM 252 Analytical Methods Food and Drug
MATH 146 Biostatistics
BIOL 250 Food Microbiology
ETHS 150 Bioethics
BIOL 357 Animal Handling and Legislation
GENE General Education Course

Semester 5 (15 weeks)
BIOL 350 Applied Genetics
BIOL 353 Fermentation and Protein Science
BIOL 359 Tissue Culture
BIOL 240 Applied Immunology
INTN 31 Work Placement Preperation

Semester 6 (15 weeks)
INTN 23 Work 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.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details



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.


Life is what you make it.

For me, up until two years ago, when I decided to apply to the CJS program at SLC, my life was a full-time, minimum-wage position in a dead-end job I hated. So, I decided I would apply and see where life could take me next.

Fast forward two years later, and I cannot believe how absolutely crucial that decision was. Community and Justice Services really says it all. A well-rounded scholastic experience, tied in with not one, but two community-based placements in the field, have highlighted career aspirations and an underlying passion for what I do. I will be continuing my education in the fall to turn my diploma into a degree.

Life is what you make it, so make it happen.

Rebecca McLauchlan

Program Contact

Candace Scott

Admissions Information

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International Students Contact:

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.

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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