Why pursue a Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Genomics?
Acquire broad-based knowledge of theories, quantitative methods, and applications of genomics, proteomics, molecular genetics, protein biochemistry and bioinformatics.
You’ll engage in in-depth learning about:
production of proteins of value to the pharmaceutical, agri-food and forestry industries
the development of genomic methods for industrial and environmental applications.
The program emphasizes hands-on experience and training with state-of-the-art genomic and biotechnology research equipment. You’ll become proficient in:
real-time quantitative RT-PCR
proteomics (protein extraction, tandem affinity purification mass spectrometry) using a diversity of molecular and bioinformatic tools.
Thanks to small class sizes and experience running your own research project, you’ll have a head start on entering the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, or pursuing further graduate studies.
Admission Requirements. To be considered for admission, students must hold a BSc degree from an accredited university with at least fifteen credits in courses at the 200 or 300 level in the following subjects: genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and 3 credits of laboratory in one or more of the previous subjects. In addition, applicants should have obtained an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (on a scale with a maximum of 4.30).
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
Credits. Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits, comprised of 24 credits of course work and a 6-credit research project. Of the 30 credits required, 21 are designated as core.
Courses. Credit courses for the diploma program are listed below. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.
Core Courses (21 credits)
BIOL 510 Bioinformatics
BIOL 511 Structural Genomics
BIOL 512 Functional Genomics
BIOL 515 Biotechnology and Genomics Laboratory
BIOL 516 Project in Biotechnology and Genomics (6 credits) PHIL 530 Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Biotechnology
Elective Courses (9 credits)
BIOL 520 Bioinformatics Programming
BIOL 521 Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology
BIOL 523 Agriculture and Agri-Food Biotechnology
BIOL 524 High-throughput Instrumentation
CHEM 678 Protein Engineering and Design
CHEM 690 Selected Topics in Instrumentation
You’ll benefit from access to a greenhouse, animal holding facilities, epifluorescent and confocal microscopes, darkrooms, instrument rooms with centrifuges, spectrophotometers, basic biochemical instrumentation, a sterile transfer laboratory, cold rooms, environment controlled rooms and radioisotope laboratories.