Program Overview

The two-year (four-semester) Biotechnology diploma program will focus on cell biology, chemistry, physics, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, genomics, proteomics, biochemistry, and bioinformatics. Students will have the opportunity to learn in and experience Fanshawe’s leading-edge Centre for Applied Research in Biotechnology (CARIB) facility and the program also incorporates paid co-operative work experience to help create a graduate who’s in demand.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Diploma
60 Weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
2025 May
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
2025 January
2025 May

Your Learning Experience

In this two-year program, you'll dive into diverse topics such as cell biology, chemistry, physics, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, genomics, proteomics, biochemistry and bioinformatics.

This program offers dynamic laboratory experiences led by industry professionals, providing real-world insights and hands-on experience. Students will have the opportunity to engage in collaborative research projects, fostering a learning environment that goes beyond textbooks, creating a graduate with a skill set employers want. 

Students will also get to learn and work in Fanshawe's Centre for Applied Research in Biotechnology (CARIB). This space features over 13,000 square feet filled with new biology, chemistry, instrumentation and physics teaching laboratories. Plus, there are biosafety level 2 tissue culture facilities and labs.

This program includes paid co-operative work terms that provide students with vital industry experience before graduating. 

Graduates of the program may also be eligible to further their education with pathways into other programs, including opportunities for advanced standing into the Honours Bachelor of Applied Technology – Biotechnology degree, as well as pathways into related graduate certificate programs (e.g., Cannabis Applied Science).


Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program will be prepared for employment in technical professions in a diverse range of sectors, including environmental, agricultural, food processing, pharmaceutical and biomedical technologies and analytical chemistry sectors.

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? Check out our graduate employment rates and other key performance indicators.
Here’s a selection of employment opportunities Career Services has received for students and graduates of Fanshawe’s Biotechnology program:
Biological technologists

Biological technicians

Learning Outcomes
  1. Complete all tasks in compliance with pertinent legislation and regulations, as well as 1. biotechnology standards and guidelines.
  2. Apply quality control and quality assurance procedures to meet organizational standards and 2. requirements.
  3. Apply best practices for sustainability*.
  4. Complete biotechnological applications using principles of chemistry, biology and biostatistics as well as basic principles of physics.
  5. Use appropriate laboratory procedures to carry out quantitative and qualitative tests and analyses.
  6. Carry out standard cell culture procedures under aseptic conditions.
  7. Carry out molecular biology procedures.
  8. Assist with the management of biological data to support biological scientists and researchers in capturing, organizing/summarizing and storing their data.
  9. Prepare, maintain and communicate scientific data effectively.
  10. Develop and present a strategic plan for ongoing personal and professional development to 10. enhance work performance.


Program Coordinator

Pieter Anborgh


Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),

University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:

Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)

Mathematics ONE of:

- Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C) (preferred)

- Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C)

- Grade 12 Advanced Functions (U)

- Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (U)

- Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management (U)

Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)

Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)

(Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 60)
International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Test Score
IELTS Academic Overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands
CAEL Overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands
PTE Academic 59
Cambridge English Overall score of 176 with no language skill less than 169
ESL4/GAP5 Minimum grade of 80% in Level 9, 75% in Level 10
Duolingo Overall score of 120, with no score lower than 105


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Recommended Personal Preparation

Recommended Personal Preparation

This is a rigorous program and will require students to attend classes and complete all assignments within the prescribed time frames. Students should be prepared to commit to their studies for success in this program. Students should purchase 2 lab coats and a pair of safety goggles for lab work.
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario

2. Receipt of Application by February?1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)

3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
Post-Admission Requirements

Post-Admission Requirements


Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
BIOL-1051Molecular and Cell Biology2
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 laboratory component introduces basic laboratory techniques such as pipetting and serial dilutions, DNA isolation, centrifugation, gel electrophoresis, polymerase chain reaction, and microscopy
CHEM-1112Chemistry 12
This course covers the basic concepts of matter, quantitative interpretation of chemical reactions, behavior of gases, the composition of atoms and their electron configurations, and chemical bonding. Chemical laboratory assays will be practiced during experiments related to the theory discussed in lectures.
Content covered includes data interpretation, fundamental algebra, linear and exponential equations, logarithms, and their graphical representations as related to analyses in chemical and biological sciences.
BIOL-1052Fundamentals of Biotechnology1.5
This course introduces the student to basic concepts and skills needed for success in the field of biotechnology. Emphasis will be given to systems of measurement, basic statistics, data interpretation, and use of the R statistical language. Presenting data in a logical format for analysis or plotting will be emphasized. Topics introduced include descriptive statistics, probability and confidence intervals, sampling distributions, hypothesis testing, linear regression, correlation, and analysis of variance. This course will allow students to practice and master the required calculations for solving common problems in the biotechnology laboratory, such as preparing laboratory reagents, describing and graphing data and statistically testing hypotheses.
SFTY-1090Safe Laboratory Procedures3
This course examines the principles of general laboratory safety including recognizing workplace hazards including the importance of proper record keeping, provincial and federal regulations, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and the handling, storage, and transport of hazardous biological and chemical materials. Students will acquire knowledge to anticipate and manage risks associated with biotechnology settings and identify hazards in their work environment. Relevant regulatory bodies, procedures, and requirements are covered.
WRIT-1039Reason & Writing 1-Technology3
This course will introduce technology students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
COOP-1020Co-operative Education 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.
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Tuition Summary


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International Costs
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*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.