Honours Bachelor of Applied Technology - Biotechnology


Honours Bachelor of Applied Technology - Biotechnology-2024/2025

Core Courses
Take all of the following Mandatory (Core) Courses:
The Minimum Cumulative GPA for Core Courses is 2.5

Group 1
In addition to the following mandatory courses,
please refer to the Non-Core Level 1 requirement
CHEM-7002Chemistry 14
This course covers the basic concepts of matter, quantitative interpretation of chemical reactions, behaviour of gases, composition of atoms and their electron configurations, and chemical bonding. Laboratories provide opportunities to develop techniques while working on experiments related to theory.
BIOL-7002Molecular Biology3
This course is an introduction to the basic biological processes at the cellular and molecular level in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. The cellular structure/function relationship at the macromolecular and genetic levels, DNA structure, chemistry, replication, gene expression and genetic changes are discussed. The laboratories and tutorials compliment the lectures by introducing basic laboratory techniques. Students develop skills in preparation, extraction and separation of cellular components, gel electrophoresis and serial dilutions.
MATH-7002Mathematics 13
This course provides a review of basic algebra and trigonometry concepts followed by an introduction to calculus of one variable. This course includes the concepts of limits and continuity, rules for finding the derivatives and integrals of polynomial functions, and applications of these concepts taken largely from the life sciences.
COMP-7002Computers & Applications2
This course uses MS Excel software to introduce spread sheets for data analysis and to solve statistical problems. Presenting data in a logical format for analysis will be emphasized. Various arithmetic functions, conditional statements and graphic analysis will be applied in addition to matrix manipulations and financial functions. An introduction to databases as well as an initiation to GenBank (National Center for Biotechnology Information) are also included.

Group 2
In addition to the following mandatory courses,
please refer to the Non-Core Level 2 requirement
CHEM-7003Chemistry 24
This course covers properties of liquids and solids with an emphasis on intermolecular force and energy changes encountered when matter changes from one state to another or when solutions are prepared, an introduction to chemical kinetics and chemical equilibria, with an emphasis on acid-base and solubility equilibria, and electrochemical principles. Laboratories provide opportunities to develop techniques while working on experiments related to theory.
PHYS-7001Physics 13.5
This is an introductory course to prepare the student for more advanced Physics in the following semesters. The course covers the basic laws of kinematics and dynamics. The material is algebra based with special emphasis on the solution of numerical problems. A total of six laboratory exercises compliment the lecture material.
BIOL-7003Plant & Animal Anatomy & Physiology4
This course studies plant and animal anatomy and physiology. The role of specific cell type in plants and animals will be studied in the context of function. Plant embryogenesis, development and growth and the influence of plant hormones on these processes will be examined. Animal organ systems, the cell types which constitute various systems and how these cell types work together in a functioning organ will be studied. Animal reproduction and development of organ systems will be studied. The effects of osmotic conditions, the role of junctional complexes, and cell-cell communication in different cell types and how these affect the functioning of tissues as a whole will be examined.
MATH-7003Mathematics 22.5
The course is a continuation of the study of calculus developed in Mathematics I. After a brief review of differentiation techniques, this course examines the derivatives of transcendental functions including trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic forms. The second unit deals with the integrals of these functions and several techniques of integration including integration by simple substitution integration by parts, trigonometric substitution and partial fractions. The course ends with an introduction to the solution of first-order ordinary differential equations using separation of variables and use of the integrating factor. Throughout the course, students will be exposed to problem solving techniques including applications taken from the biosciences.

Group 3
In addition to the following mandatory courses
please refer to the Non-Core Level 3 requirement
CHEM-7004Analytical Chemistry 12.5
This course enables students to carry out stoichiometric calculations involving acid-base equilibria, change of oxidation state (redox) reactions and electrochemical processes, and precipitation and complex ion formation reactions. Students apply that knowledge in the preparation and standardization of analytical reagents and experiments involving quantitative determination of analytes based on the above reactions and processes.
PHYS-7005Physics 23.5
This course covers basic concept of wave motion, sound, electricity and magnetism, radiation, and atomic spectroscopy, as well as applications to instrumentation the student may encounter in the future. Six laboratory experiments compliment the lecture material.
BIOL-7001Microbiology 12.5
This course is an introduction to microbiology. The classification, structure, nutritional requirements, aerobic and anaerobic metabolism, primary and secondary metabolites and diversity of microorganisms are examined. The use of single cells as factories to generate an industrial or clinical product and the environmental implications of their use will be studied. The laboratory components introduce students to aseptic techniques, culturing and microorganism classification in an environment that cultivates an awareness of their potential pathogenic capabilities and biohazard classification.
COOP-1021Co-Op Educ. Employment Prep1
This workshop will provide an overview of the Co-operative Education consultants and students' roles and responsibilities as well as the Co-operative Education Policy. It will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to co-operative education work assignments and will prepare students for their work term.
MATH-7004Statistics & Quality Assurance2.5
This course introduces correlation, regression, probability and probability distributions, statistical inference (with confidence intervals and significance tests). This course will use Excel and the Excel Stats ToolPak for graphical and numerical analysis.

Group 4
In this course, students examine the genetic basis of life including Mendelian and non-Mendelian patterns of inheritance, meiosis and homologous recombination theory and their role as a molecular tool. Gene linkage, autosomal, single gene, multigene and sex-linked disorders will be investigated. Students will be introduced to the role of transcription factors/transcription factor complexes, regulatory elements, epigenetics, micro RNAs and their relationship to the genes they regulate. The structural changes in the DNA associated with these genetic activities will be explored. Prokaryotic and viral genetics and the application of their genes and regulation of their genes as applied to molecular biology will be studied.
PHYS-7003Radiation Physics4
This course covers the basic topics of radiation physics. The concepts relating to ionizing and non-ionizing are examined in detail. Those phenomena which are common over wide expanses of the electromagnetic spectrum - namely reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction and polarization are studied. X-rays and gamma rays are examined as examples of penetrating, ionizing forms of energy. Radioisotope techniques for biological labeling and the role of lasers in flow cytometry are also examined.
CHEM-7005Organic Chemistry 13
This course introduces the students to a basic knowledge of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes and aromatic hydrocarbons. This includes their nomenclature, physical properties, synthesis and characteristic chemical reactions. The laboratory work will emphasize the proper techniques of extraction, isolation, purification, identification and synthesis of simple organic compounds, as well as their synthesis and determination of their characteristic chemical reactions.
COMP-7003Advanced Computer Applications3
This course builds on the previous mathematics and computer courses to permit the manipulation, computation, and graphic display of results arising from major experimental databases. It uses MS-Excel, MS-Access, and R for data management and data modeling.
SFTY-7001Occupational Health & Safety2.5
This course is an introduction to risk assessment and management. Students learn to recognize and evaluate work place hazards and determine ways to control or alleviate these. Provincial and federal regulations and their relevance to the workplace are reviewed. Handling, storage, transport and the appropriate codes of conduct related to hazardous materials (biological and chemical) are examined.

Group 5
CHEM-7006Biochemistry 15
This introductory course in Biochemistry introduces the student to the chemical diversity including biologically active versus inactive forms of macromolecules. The significance of nucleic acids to nuclear and nucleic acid associated organelles will be addressed. The role and interaction of macromolecules in overall cellular function is studied. What constitutes an enzyme and the diversity of functional activity, classification and their relevance to specific intracellular processes is emphasized. The laboratory components reflect qualitative and/or quantitative separation, identification and characterization of macromolecules.
CHEM-7007Instrumental Chemistry Analysis 13.5
This course provides the student with a knowledge of concepts and techniques employed in the spectroscopic analysis of biological, chemical, environmental, forensic, medical and quality control samples. Practical experience will be provided in the operation of infrared (IR), ultraviolet/visible (UV/VIS), and atomic absorption (AA) spectrometers.
BIOL-7005Microbiology 2- Industrial Applications3.5
This Industrial Microbiology course explores the application of scientific and engineering principles as applied to the processing of materials by micro-organisms (such as bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa and viruses). In addition, this course investigates the roles of plants and animals to produce useful products.
CHEM-7008Organic Chemistry 23
This course builds upon the basic knowledge of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes and aromatic hydrocarbons from Organic Chemistry I. The functional groups covered in this course will be alcohols; phenols; thiols; ethers; alkyl halides; amines; aldehydes and ketones; carboxylic acids and their derivatives. The nomenclature, physical properties, characteristic chemical reactions and synthesis of compounds containing these functional groups will be studied.The laboratory work will emphasize the safe and proper laboratory techniques used to investigate the synthesis and characteristic properties of these functional groups.

Group 6
In addition to the following mandatory courses,
please refer to the Non-Core Level 6 requirement
BIOL-7006Applied Molecular Genetics3
An advanced course in molecular genetics placing emphasis on the extraction and analysis of DNA from cells and tissues, cloning vectors, polymerase chain reaction, manipulation of plasmids, hybridization, nucleic acid sequencing and gene expression.
CHEM-7009Instrumental Chemistry Analysis 23.5
This course provides students with a knowledge of the concepts and techniques employed in chromatographic separations and mass spectrometry. Practical experience is gained in the operation of gas chromatographs (GC), liquid chromatographs (LC) and mass spectrometers (MS).
PHRM-7002Pharmacology/Toxicology & Nutraceutical3
This is a survey course in pharmacology and toxicology dealing with the fundamentals of how xenbiotics produce toxic effects in biological systems with application of underlying principles in environmental control and risk assessment. Included are aspects of dose response relationship; routes of entry of xenobiotics and their fate in the organism; mechanisms of toxic action and methods for their assessment, with emphasis on chemical sensitization reactions, teratogenicity, mutagenicity and carcinogenicity. In addition to chemical hazards, risks of products of biotechnology will be discussed with reference to the manufacturing, marketing, advertising, labeling, and post-marketing surveillance for safety of pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals.
COMM-7005Research & Technical Writing2
This is a practically oriented writing course that teaches students to prepare technical reports in the field of science and particularly biotechnology. Students will learn the basics of technical writing by preparing a variety of technical communications, both individually and in teams
CHEM-7001Biochemistry 23.5
This course introduces the student to biosynthesis of macromolecules, bioenergetics and oxidative metabolism of carbohydrates, lipid, protein; biochemistry of hormones with clinical and nutritional correlations. The students are given the opportunity to perform laboratories including extraction, purification, isolation and separation of proteins.
ZOOL-7001Animal Care & Handling2
This course will teach students the standard procedures for animal handling and use in experiments as advised by the Canadian Council of Animal Care (CCAC). A collaborative arrangement with an existing university animal facility will allow students to experience the application of theory learned in the classroom. The use of web-based learning modules will also be integrated into this course.

Group 7
In addition to the following mandatory courses
please refer to the Non-Core Level 7 requirement
CHEM-7010Analytical Chemistry 22.5
This course deals with the analysis of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids extracted from products made by biotechnology-based industrial processes. Sampling procedures and sample preparation methods are also considered, as well as the role of analytical data in industrial quality assurance and control.
BIOL-7007Applied Biotechnology 13.5
This course reviews basic principles of recombinant DNA technology. Seminars provide the student with detailed knowledge of recent developments in medical, agricultural, environmental and pharmaceutical aspects of biotechnology, including transgenesis, animal bioreactors, human genome analysis and DNA fingerprinting. Ethical and social aspects of recent developments in biotechnology are discussed. The student will develop familiarity with Canadian and International patent laws and their impact on biotechnology. Laboratories provide the opportunity for the student to perform DNA and RNA isolations, restriction mapping and RFLP analysis, molecular probe labelling and southern blotting.
This course gives an introduction to the emerging scientific discipline of bioinformatics that utilizes the combined power of biology, mathematics and computers.
ENGR-7001Bioprocess Engineering3
Bioprocess Engineering combines biotechnology training with core chemical engineering concepts to give an understanding of the application of the newest discoveries in molecular biology to large-scale production processes, and to solve problems related to industrial equipment design and operation for biological systems.
SFTY-7002Biosafety & Regulatory Affair2
This course will ensure that students have the required knowledge to anticipate and manage risks associated with biotechnology settings. Relevant regulatory bodies, procedures and requirements are covered.
This is an advanced, practically oriented course that teaches students to prepare an advanced technical report which may be based on her/his experience during the previous work semester or a topic of particular interest. Students submit a proposal to undertake literature-based research to support a thesis topic. Students will present a summary of their thesis to their peers. Faculty, relevant employers and other industry professionals will be involved in the mentoring and assessment of the thesis.

Group 8
In addition to the following mandatory courses,
please refer to the Non-Core Level 8 requirement
BIOL-7009Applied Biotechnology 23.5
This is an advanced course in biotechnology providing the student with detailed knowledge in both animal and plant tissue culture. Laboratories provide opportunities to apply techniques in staining, isolation and culturing of meristems, PCR. genetic mapping, and immunological techniques among others.
This is a course on the ethics, law and science of using new genetic technologies in medicineand agriculture, as well as, the current regulations governing this area both for companies and individuals. The course will also deal with topics in reproduction, end of life and human experimentation.
BIOL-7011Current Topics in Biotechnology3
The course is designed to consolidate the students comprehension of biotechnology and written and oral communication skills. We will examine the present state of biotechnology through seminars, readings and field trips including a tour of a London-based Research Institute and Biotechnology Incubator. The field trips provide opportunities for students to apply professional communication and interpersonal skills in their interaction with industry experts and experience on site lecture sessions.
ENGR-7002Manufacturing Process Engineering3
This course will study the development and implementation of manufacturing processes and standards as well as ensuring efficiency and quality of products with an emphasis on problem solving and design in bioprocessing. Students will have the opportunity to visit a variety of biotechnology-related manufacturing settings.
BIOL-7012Microbiology 3-Immunology & Virology3
This course provides the students with the knowledge of immune responses of cells and tissues of the lymphoid system as a key to control of diseases, an overview in virology including the animal, plant, insect and bacterial viruses, their classification; virus genome, viral replication and epidemiology.

Group 9
Co-op Requirement
Students Must Complete 1 Co-op Work Term
COOP-BIO2WBIO2 Co-op Work Term1

Non-Core Courses
Take all of the following Mandatory (Non-Core) Courses:
The Minimum Cumulative GPA for Non-Core courses is 2.0

Group 1
ENVR-7004Environmental & World Issues3
This course is a comprehensive study of environmental issues and their effect on various ecosystems and the biosphere as a whole. The global impact of these issues combined with the economic, developmental, geographical, political and cultural influences will be examined. The importance of global sustainability and international governing bodies and agencies will be stressed.
COMM-7001Introductory Communications3
This course provides students with the communication tools and skills typically used in a science, technical, and/or business workplace. Students develop skills in technical and business writing. They conduct both primary and secondary research, as well as analyze and organize information. Students also gain skills with common workplace documents (emails, letters and reports). Students also gain an ethical understanding of the documents they produce.

Group 2
COMM-7020Professional Writing for Applied Degrees2
This course is designed to prepare students for the writing activities they will encounter on the job or in other courses. It emphasizes the foundations of writing and communication skills and introduces research report writing. Students learn how to organize and express facts and ideas through effective writing techniques. Coursework focuses on the production of documents that may be used in industry, government, business, or academia. These documents analyze, summarize, solve problems, and/or incorporate research. Students become thoroughly grounded in grammar and mechanical accuracy, punctuation skills, objective tone, scientific/technical writing styles, proper structure/ paragraphing, source documentation, and clarity.
HIST-7003History & Philosophy of Sciences3
In this course students will explore the history and philosophy of science from the 1600s to the present day. The early sciences of alchemy, astronomy and natural philosophy to present day theoretical physics, the discovery of DNA and the evolution of molecular biology will be examined. The relevance of conceptual and cultural themes to the history of science will be studied. Students will pursue the importance of philosophical questions related to theory evolution, testing and change. The nature of causation, laws and scientific methodologies and scientific explanations will be examined.

Group 3
This General education course covers a broad curriculum of macroeconomics principles. In presentation of each topic, a deliberate effort will be made to demonstrate how macroeconomic conditions can directly influence the operations and decision processes of business firms. Relevant examples are offered to illustrate how knowledge of macroeconomics can be applied in business.

Group 4
Take 3 General Education Elective Credits
at either the Introductory or Upper Level
- Normally taken in Level 2

Group 5
Take 9 General Education Elective Credits
at the Upper Level (Non-Introductory)
- Normally taken in Levels 6, 7 and 8

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 36 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program