Holland College | Bioscience Joint Degree

Bioscience Joint Degree

Start Date: September
Length: 1 year plus 2 intersessions
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential: Diploma, Bioscience Technologist from Holland College, Bachelor of Science, Biotechnology from UPEI upon completion of final year
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • A UPEI transcript showing successful completion of the following courses:*
    • BIO-1310 Genes, Cells, and Macromolecules
    • BIO-1320 Introduction to Organisms
    • BIO-2210 Cell Biology
    • BIO-2230 Genetics I
    • BIOL-2060 Microbiology
    • CHEM-1110 General Chemistry I
    • CHEM-1120 General Chemistry II
    • CHEM-3530 Biochemistry
    • CHEM-2310 Physical Chemistry I
    • CHEM-2430 Organic Chemistry Life Science
    • PHYS-1210 Physics for Life Sciences I
    • PHYS-1220 Physics for Life Sciences II
    • 2 electives and up to 3 general science electives
    • English/Humanities
    • MATH-1120 Calculus Social, Life Sciences
    • STAT-1210 Introductory Statistics

      *Courses from other institutions will be considered on an individual basis. Submit your transcript for consideration.
  • Current WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems) certificate
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program.

NOTE: If your first language is not English please review our English Language Requirements page.

Fees for the academic year 2022-2023. Please note: Tuition and Fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

International Student Fees are due on the first day of class.

Click here to see International Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Other Fees  
Tuition $ 3,989
Lab Fee $ 1,300
Student Union $ 172
Health Insurance Fee $ 420
Fitness Centre Fee $ 80
Grad Fee $ 100
Total $ 6,061
Intersession due May 2 $ 868
1stinstallment due September 6 $ 2,919
2ndinstallment due January 9 $ 3,142
Other Program Costs  
Books $ 150
Materials/Supplies $ 100
Total $ 250


International Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Other Fees  
Tuition $ 8,989
Lab Fee $ 1,300
Student Union $ 172
Health Insurance Fee $ 1,170
Fitness Centre Fee $ 80
Grad Fee $ 100
Total $ 11,811
Intersession due May 2 $ 868
1stinstallment due September 6 $ 8,669
2ndinstallment due January 9 $ 3,142
Other Program Costs  
Books $ 150
Materials/Supplies $ 100
Total $ 250

Graduates from this program may find employment as:

  • Biological laboratory technologist
  • Microbiology quality control technologist
  • Microbiology technologist
  • Food bacteriological technician
  • Plant breeding technician
  • Agricultural technologist
  • Aquaculture technician

Program Overview

Recipient of the 2020 Gold Program Excellence Award from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan).

The Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology program is offered jointly by Holland College and the University of Prince Edward Island. The program combines practical and applied courses in the Bioscience Technology program at Holland College with strong theoretical science courses at the University of Prince Edward Island. It is designed for students interested in obtaining rigorous and broad training in biotechnology, and increasing their access to post-graduate opportunities such as Master's degree programs.
Students may qualify for entry into the joint degree program if they have the required pre-requisite courses, identified in the Admission Requirements above after two years at UPEI. If accepted, students spend their third year of study at Holland College working on courses in intersessions and Semesters 3 and 4. Students then return to UPEI for their fourth year of study. Following the year at Holland College, students receive a diploma in Bioscience Technology. Upon completion of the degree program at UPEI, they receive the Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology.
While at Holland College, students receive a combination of lab-based instruction and on-the-job training, and complete an independent research project on a topic of their choice. Students learn a variety of practical skills, including natural product extraction, fermentation, and bacterial and animal cell culture techniques.

The Bioscience Technology program at Holland College is very closely associated with the bioscience industry on PEI and in the other Maritime Provinces. This gives students access to amazing on-the-job training opportunities. 

The Bioscience Technology program is a CTAB (Canadian Technology Accreditation Board) nationally accredited program at the technologist level.

National program accreditation involves an independent team of certified professionals performing an extensive audit, which provides graduates and employers confidence the program meets the educational standards of Canada’s engineering technology and applied science profession. Graduating from a national accredited program creates an expedited path to becoming a certified professional with provincial certifying bodies in Canada.

This program is located in the Centre for Applied Science & Technology and the Charlottetown Centre. Click on the links to take a virtual tour of each building.

These are the courses you will take during your time at Holland College:
BIOL-1315 Theoretical and Applied Immunology
BIOL-2300 Cell Culturing
BIOL-2310 Molecular Biology
BIOS-1200 Laboratory Techniques for Isolation and Quantification of Molecules from Natural Sources
BIOS-2000 Analytical Techniques in Bioscience
BIOS-2010 Ethics and Professional Practice
BIOS-2110 Industrial Processes
BIOS-2300 Research Preparation
BIOS-2310 Research Project: Bioscience Technology
CHEM-2300 Advanced Biochemistry
NCPR-1020 Canadian Council on Animal Care Certification
PRAC-2400 On the Job Training: Bioscience Technology
SAFE-1005 PEI Occupational Health and Safety


Bioscience Technology

Earn a Bioscience Technologist Diploma in two years at Holland College. This is the only program of its kind in the region. Study microbiology, immunology, molecular biology and genetics and put your laboratory and research skills to work in Prince Edward Island's growing Bioscience industry.


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