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Lab tech courses prepare you for rewarding careers of the future - 2021/2022

At the heart of every scientific or technological discovery is a laboratory technician. If you're interested in learning more about how the world works and enjoy research and laboratory analysis, the Fanshawe Chemical Laboratory Technology - Science Laboratory program is the right fit for you.

What to expect from your lab tech courses

Over three years and 12 to 16 months of paid co-op placement, you'll build a sound basic knowledge of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics, with emphasis on the principles and performance of standard lab practices, procedures and techniques for biological, chemical and physical analysis. Your lab tech training will also include hands-on application of your theoretical knowledge, using our state-of-the-art instrumentation. As you progress through your lab tech courses, you will study advanced topics such as biochemistry, molecular biology and modern physics, while developing the soft skills necessary to be successful in any professional environment.

You'll graduate with a dynamic set of lab tech skills, preparing you to start your career in a variety of laboratory environments like applied research and development, educational, process and quality control, as well as food and beverage industries, petrochemical companies or technical sales. If you're considering further academic study, graduates may choose to pursue Fanshawe's Bachelor of Applied Technology (Biotechnology) degree or one of our articulation agreements with select universities.

Features and benefits:

  • Earn while you learn - 12 to 16 months of paid co-op allows students to make employer contacts, gain work experience and apply their knowledge in a real world laboratory environment. Learn more about co-op;
  • Pathways to success - graduates may be eligible for advanced standing credit to Fanshawe's Bachelor of Applied Technology (Biotechnology) degree program or may choose to pursue the completion of a degree with one of the articulation agreements available with select universities. Learn more about pathways.

CEWIL Canada: Co-operative education and work-integrated learning.This program is accredited by Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada. This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for co-operative education programs in Canada, and recognizes Fanshawe's commitment to excellence.


Chemical Laboratory Technology - Science Laboratory program progression


  Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 Start Level 1 Class Level 2 Class Level 3
Year 2 Co-op Class Level 4 Co-op
Year 3 Co-op Class Level 5 Co-op
Year 4 Class Level 6/End N/A N/A



Admission Requirements - 2021/2022

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Mathematics ONE OF:
   - Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology* (C)
   - Grade 12 Advanced Functions (U)
   - Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (U)
   - Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management (U)
   - Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C)
   - Grade 11 Functions (U)
   - Grade 11 Functions and Applications (M)
   (Note: minimum final grade required is 60)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) WITH:
   - Core Mathematics 
     (Note: minimum final grade required is 60)
   - Chemistry
Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate AND:
- minimum final grade of 'C' or 60 in the required Mathematics
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) AND: 
- Mathematics ONE OF:
   - Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology* (C)
   - Grade 12 Advanced Functions (U)
   - Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (U)
   - Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management (U)
   - Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C)
   - Grade 11 Functions (U)
   - Grade 11 Functions and Applications (M)
   (Note: minimum final grade required is 60)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)
Mature applicant with standing in the required courses and grade stated above


  • *Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C) preferred.
  • Applicants who lack required courses may be admitted to the program subject to appropriate prior upgrading.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Computer Engineering Technology (M) OR Grade 11 Introduction to Computer Science (U) and Grade 12 Computer Science (U)
  • Grade 12 English (C) OR Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
  • It is recommended that students in the Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program take a Technical or Apprenticeship Mathematics course within the ACE program.

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
  • Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Chemical Laboratory Technology - Science Laboratory program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Chemical Laboratory Technology - Science Laboratory program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Chemical Laboratory Technology - Science Laboratory program.


Chemical Laboratory Technology - Science Laboratory-2021/2022

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
This is an introductory course in biology where the study is limited to basic biological process occurring at the cellular level. The topics discussed will include cell structures and their function, structure and formation of macromolecules; energy procurement, release and utilization; DNA structure and protein synthesis; Mendal's Laws and inherited characteristics; and Genetic diseases and their causes.
CHEM-1003General Chemistry 14.5
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 laboratory techniques while working on experiments related to theory discussed in lectures.
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.
MATH-1172Math 15
As the first of two pre-calculus mathematics courses, content covered includes treatment of data, fundamental algebra, radicals and logarithms. Application of problem solving skills, such as the quadratic formula, as related to scientific analysis will be emphasized.
ENVR-1014Environmental & Science Issues3
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the parameters and problems surrounding major environmental issues. This understanding will enable the student to evaluate different courses of action that can be undertaken in decision making practices.
SKLS-1020Fundamentals of Science1.5
This course introduces the student to basic concepts and skills needed for success in any science of technology field. Emphasis will be given to systems of measurement, basic statistics, data interpretation, and computer applications including MS Word and Excel as applied to laboratory technology.

Level 2
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
BIOL-3001Microbiology 1 - Bacteriology5
This is an introductory course in microbiology which places emphasis on bacteriology and will provide the student with a general working knowledge in the following areas: cell structure, taxonomy, cultivation (nutrition, media preparation, isolation, transfer techniques) enumeration, metabolism, control of bacteria, and industrial microbiology.
CHEM-1012General Chemistry 23.5
This course introduces students to chemical equilibrium, properties of solutions and acid-base systems, equilibrium in saturated solutions, and oxidation-reduction reactions and associated electrical energy. The laboratory experiments are related to material discussed.
MATH-3062Mathematics 25
This course is the second of two pre-calculus mathematics courses whose content includes an introduction to trigonometry, treatment of algebraic fractions, functions and graphs. This course introduces the student to the use of a spreadsheet in numerical problem solving.
This foundation course covers kinematics and dynamics of straight line motion, force, work, energy, power, momentum, rotational motion, and properties of fluids. Problem solving involving graphical and numerical techniques will be studied and applied in a laboratory setting. Experimentation results and interpretation of data will be summarized in reports.
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.

Level 3
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
BIOL-3010Anatomy & Physiology3.5
The content in this course will provide the student with a basic understanding of the anatomical and physiological features in animals & plant growth and development.
CHEM-3003Analytical Chemistry4
The chemical theory and experimentation introduced in general chemistry courses is developed further with emphasis on laboratory skills and analysis techniques. CHEM3003 demonstrates the importance of stoichiometric calculations for solution preparation, standardization, acid-base reactions, and oxidation-reduction reactions to the analysis of materials applicable to the science and environmental laboratory field.
The course is a fundamental statistics course for technologists and introduces: descriptive statistics; probability and probability distributions; sampling distributions and hypothesis testing; regression and correlation. Students will perform statistical calculations and evaluate the results.
BIOL-3014Current Techniques in Plant Agriculture2.5
This course will further develop and apply lab skills and techniques in a project based approach using experimental research. The course addresses current industry needs in the area of food, agriculture and research. The topics expand on the study of plants as related to agriculture.

Level 4
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
BIOL-3003Microbiology 24
The course introduces the student to an understanding of structural characteristics and taxonomic relationship of major classes of fungi. Emphasis is given to the harmful and beneficial effects of some of the widely distributed species primary and secondary metabolities of fungi sexual and parasexual recombination, detection of mycotoxins in food, fungi and single cell protein (SCP); and mycoses.
CHEM-3002Organic Chemistry 15
This is a lecture/laboratory course. The lectures will provide students with a basic knowledge of the properties and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes and aromatic compounds. The Laboratory experiments will emphasize proper techniques in extraction, isolation, purification, identification and synthesis of simple organic compounds.
CHEM-3004Instrumental Methods of Analysis 16
This course provides students with a knowledge of concepts and techniques employed in spectrophotometric and separation analysis in biological, chemical, environmental, forensic, medical and quality control areas. Practical experience is gained in the operation of infrared and atomic absorption spectrometers, ultraviolet/visible (UV/VIS) spectrophotometers, and gas and liquid chromatographs.
MATH-1173Calculus 15
This course is an introduction to differential and integral Calculus of polynomial style functions. Unit 1: limits and derivatives, Unit 2: applications of the derivative, Unit 3: integration and applications. Topics from numerical methods using Excel spreadsheets will be incorporated where applicable.
PHYS-3003Thermodynamics & Optics4
This course covers the basic concepts of thermodynamics and optics, and applications to instrumentation the student will encounter in the future. Students will gain experience with the operation of common lab instruments such as the microscope and spectrophotometers. Both the theoretical and practical applications of optical instruments will be covered.

Level 5
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
This is an introductory biochemistry course placing emphasis on the study of biochemical structure and formation of carbohydrates, amino acids, protein, nucleic acids, enzymes and metabolism of macromolecules. The laboratory techniques include thin layer chromatography, some protein purification, separation of proteins and nucleic acids (DNA) by electorpohoresis.
CHEM-5001Organic Chemistry 24.25
This is a Lecture/Laboratory course. It provides students with information on more Functional group studies which include nomenclature, reaction and properties of alcohols, phenols, ethers, halides, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, and amines. Stereochemistry topics will be introduced. Laboratory experiments will emphasize the lecture topics.
CHEM-5003Quantitative Food Chemistry4
This course deals with sampling, sample preparation, analysis, calculations, treatment of experimental data, errors, reporting of results, chemistry of chemical procedures for determination of proteins, moisture, minerals, vitamins, and the extraction and analysis of fats and oils.
MATH-5017Calculus 25
This course is a continuation of MATH-1173. It begins with derivatives of transcendental functions followed by methods of integration finishing with an introduction to first-order ordinary differential equations. Several numerical techniques will be introduced at appropriate times throughout the course.
BIOL-5003Molecular Biology3
Advanced studies of molecular biology. The students will be performing molecular cloning and analyzing DNA sequencing results. Emphasis will be placed on the techniques and protocols in a molecular biology laboratory environment.
PSYC-5011Industrial Relations3
Work is a major focus of adult life. This course explores major topics in organizational behaviour, related to workers, work processes and work organizations. Students will examine important psychological processes that affect workers, managers, work organizations and work outcomes. Topics include individual, group, and organizational-level characteristics and influences on employee motivation, performance, job engagement and satisfaction, the fit between workers and their jobs/work environments. Through discussions, class activities and video clips, this course will explore leadership, work in groups and teams, organizational culture, conflict and change, global business cultures, personal career management and business ethics.

Level 6
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
BIOL-5002Topics in Biotechnology3
This course discusses the basic principles of recombinant DNA technology and its relevance to many of the areas of biotechnology including industrial processes, transgenic animals, genetically modified crops, gene and drug therapy and stem cell applications. The bioethical implications on legal, social and ethical mores will be addressed.
PHYS-5001Modern Physics4
This course introduces the student to fundamental concepts in atomic, nuclear, and radiation physics and to the application of these concepts to laboratory work.
CHEM-5004Industrial Chemistry3
A course introducing the terminology, processes, economics, and quality assurance and quality control measures associated with industrial scale chemical production (both inorganic and organic) is given to prepare the graduate for employment in this sector. The student will have an opportunity to demonstrate their technical communication skills in a presentation format.
CHEM-5005Instrumental Methods of Analysis 25.5
This is a lecture/laboratory course. It covers advanced theory topics dealing with concepts and techniques employed in spectrophotometric and chromatographic separation applications, provides an overview of sample preparation and extraction technologies, and an introduction to mass spectrometry. Portable spectroscopic and chromatographic instrumentation for process analytical technology and environmental field sampling applications are also discussed. Practical experience is gained in the operation of infrared (IR) and atomic absorption spectrometers (AA), gas (GC) and liquid chromatographs (HPLC), and gas chromatography/mass spectrometers (GC/MS) and fluorometer. Experiments will include components on laboratory quality assurance and control, the use of a laboratory information management system (LIMS),, and the optimization of instrumental parameters, including an introduction to statistical experimental design.
COMM-3005Language & Communication Skills 33
This course will permit the student to perform primary and secondary research, to shape, organize and document a formal report and to present a persuasive oral proposal.
ENVR-5005Industrial Hygiene3
This course is an introduction to the field of industrial hygiene for students who will be responsible for identifying hazards in their work environment. The ability to recognize and evaluate hazards in the workplace will allow the student to make recommendations for work place decision making processes.

Gen Ed - Electives
Take 6 General Education Credits -
Normally taken in Levels 2 and 3

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 33 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2021/2022

Career Opportunities

This is a co-operative education program providing integration of related, paid work experience alternating with a term of classroom theory and laboratory experiments during the three years of the program. Students graduate with relevant work experience. Graduates find employment opportunities with applied research and development laboratories, educational laboratories, food and beverage industries, pharmaceutical laboratories, petrochemical companies and technical sales.

More Information - 2021/2022

A Co-operative Education Program
A Three-Year Ontario College Advanced Diploma Program
Program Code: CLT1
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)

September Admission
15 week terms

Academic Calendars available at


School of Applied Science and Technology: 519-452-4419

Program Description

This three-year program provides students with a sound basic knowledge of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, and emphasizes the principles and performance of standard laboratory practices, procedures, and techniques for biological, chemical and physical analyses.

Other Information

  • Graduates of this program are eligible for advanced standing in the Bachelor of Science program with a Chemistry Major or Environmental Sciences Major at Western University. Students may also seek advanced standing at IT Sligo (Ireland) in the BSc (Hon) in Pharmaceutical Science or Medical Biotechnology.

Co-operative Education

This three-year program has four co-op work terms. Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a Co-op Endorsed Diploma. More information about Co-operative Education can be found at

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Research, determine and perform procedures related to the purification, analysis and synthesis of chemical compounds and samples;
  2. Perform, coordinate and implement laboratory procedures to conduct quantitative and qualitative analyses and tests;
  3. Select, test, calibrate, troubleshoot and evaluate chemical analysis instruments and equipment to assure accurate results;
  4. Implement, coordinate and evaluate quality assurance and quality control procedures, including statistical analysis, in accordance with international and industry standards and government regulations;
  5. Complete, monitor and manage chemical laboratory tasks and projects using computer and information technologies;
  6. Participate in health and safety practices and initiatives in the chemical laboratory to ensure a safe environment for oneself and others;
  7. Promote the efficient, sustainable and ethical use of chemical laboratory resources through the application and analysis of sustainability practices;
  8. Communicate laboratory data, results, analysis and recommendations through the preparation, interpretation and presentation of technical reports;
  9. Collaborate with others and work in chemical laboratory teams to complete laboratory tasks and projects;
  10. Develop strategies for ongoing professional development to enhance competence as a chemical laboratory technologist.

Program Pathways

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Program Details

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Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2021 September

International Students

Start Dates
2021 September
Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Amy Turnbull

Co-op Coordinator:

Stephanie Hernandez

Day Time
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
90 weeks