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Bioscience Joint Degree

We are now accepting applications for the 2024/2025 academic year

Start Date: September

Location: Prince of Wales Campus

Length: 1 year plus 2 intersessions


Program Availability: Fall 2024 Term

Canadian Applicants

International Applicants

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

Bioscience student at work in the lab

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 from the Bioscience Technology program at Holland College with strong theoretical science courses from 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.

UPEI Students may qualify for the joint degree program if they have completed the pre-requisite courses identified in the Admission Requirements above. If accepted, students will complete 2 intersessions at Holland College in the Spring, before beginning their third year of study at Holland College in the Fall. After completing their year at Holland College, students receive a diploma in Bioscience Technology. Students return to UPEI for their fourth year of the BSc program to complete their Bachelor of Science, Biotechnology Degree. 

Gain Extensive Lab-Based Training

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 practical skills, including natural product extraction, fermentation, and bacterial and animal cell culture techniques. The Bioscience Technology program at Holland College is closely associated with the bioscience industry on PEI and in the other Maritime Provinces. This relationship provides students access to amazing on-the-job training and research opportunities.

Study at the Prince of Wales Campus in Charlottetown

This program is located at the Prince of Wales Campus. Take a Virtual tour of our Centre for Applied Science & Technology and the Charlottetown Centre.

Industry Certifications and Recognition 

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 nationally accredited program creates an expedited path to becoming a certified professional with provincial certifying bodies in Canada.


  • 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
  • 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.


  • Courses from other institutions will be considered on an individual basis. Submit your transcript for consideration.
  • If your first language is not English, please review our English Language Requirements page.

2023/2024 Academic Year

Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars. International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

1 Year



Tuition $4,080 $9,080
Fees $2,117 $2,967
Other Costs $250 $250
Total $6,447 $12,297

Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

Tuition $4,080
Lab Fee $1,300
Student Union $172
Health Insurance Fee $445
Fitness Centre Fee $80
Graduation Fee $100
    Subtotal $6,197
Intersession due May 1 $890
1st installment due September 5 $3,000
2nd installment due January 8 $3,197

Other Costs

Books $150
Materials/Supplies $100
     Subtotal $250
Total $6,477

International Cost Breakdown

Tuition and Other Fees


Tuition* $ 9,080
Lab Fee $ 1,300
Student Union $ 172
Health Insurance Fee $ 1,195
Fitness Centre Fee $ 80
Grad Fee $ 100
     Subtotal $ 12,047
Intersession due May 1 $ 890
1stinstallment due September 5 $ 8,850
2ndinstallment due January 8 $ 3,197

Other Costs

Books $ 150
Materials/Supplies $ 100
     Subtotal $250
Total $12,297

*Includes the International Student Fee.

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  • Plant breeding technician
  • Agricultural technologist
  • Aquaculture technician

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values

Course Code:SAFE-1005

PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Credit Values:0

Course Code:BIOL-1300


A study of the organization, classification and,structure of bacteria and other microorganisms.,Students perform the basic techniques involved in,observation, cultivation and identification of,selected microorganisms.


Course Code:BIOL-1315

Theoretical and Applied Immunology

An examination of the principal components of the,immune system and how they function to produce an,immune response. Students isolate and purify an,enzyme from a bacterial source. Students also,perform immune-based techniques for the detection,and quantification of organic compounds,,including those from bacterial origins., ,This course provides instruction on basic,laboratory techniques including casting and,running acrylamide gels as well as gel imaging,using visible light. Additional focus on basic,microbiological techniques such as media,preparation, autoclaving and sterilization,,quantification of bacterial growth, and isolation,and purification of bacterial enzymes.


Course Code:BIOL-1320


Examination of the chemical composition and,structural organization of DNA, and the process,(and regulation) of gene expression are,addressed. Students isolate DNA from various,sources and perform PCR based techniques to,amplify and identify DNA samples.


Course Code:BIOL-2300

Cell Culturing

Establish and maintain eukaryotic cell lines,,following special requirements. Students become,competent in all aspects of cell culturing.


Course Code:BIOL-2310

Molecular Biology

Perfect techniques to introduce foreign genes,,regulate their expression, and identify and,purify the resulting protein product using both,prokaryotic and eukaryotic host systems. ,Students identify the appropriate host and vector,combinations, as well as the advantages and,limitations of various host systems.


Course Code:BIOS-1000

Lab Skills:Bioscience Technology

Follow good laboratory practices (GLP) while,working with potentially harmful equipment and,reagents. Learn basic scientific principles, and,how to apply them in a laboratory setting.


Course Code:BIOS-1100

Plant Biotechnology

Overview of the principal means of identification,and classification of members of the plant,kingdom. Plant structure and the biochemistry of,photosynthesis are covered. Plant tissue and,cell types are studied and students culture,,maintain and propagate plants in vitro.


Course Code:BIOS-1200

Laboratory Techniques for the,Isolation and Quantification of,Molecules From Nat

This course focuses on the laboratory methods of,extraction, purification, and identification of,molecules from natural sources. Emphasis will be,on DNA, plant pigments, and proteins. Techniques,explored will include chemical and chromatography,purification of DNA, chemical extraction of,pigments, both thin layer and liquid,chromatography and SDS-PAGE analysis.,,In addition this course will provide instruction,on basic laboratory techniques such as;,measurement, pipette use, pH measurement and,adjustment, solution preparation, casting and,running agarose and acrylamide gels, gel imaging,using visible and fluorescent stains, and,,quantification by absorbance.


Course Code:BIOS-2000

Analytical Techniques in Bioscience

Conventional analytical methods such as gas,chromatography and liquid chromatography will be,compared to immunologically based methods and,biosensors for qualitative and quantitative,analysis of biological molecules. The sample,preparation necessary for each type of analysis,as well as the sensors used will be explored.


Course Code:BIOS-2010

Ethics and Professional Practice

Students explore the ethical issues surrounding,bioscience technology and learn to develop and,articulate ethical debates. Students become,familiar with various laboratory and,manufacturing certification programs and how to,comply with them.


Course Code:BIOS-2110

Industrial Processes

Examination of industrially significant,biotechnologies. Batch, continuous flow and,fixed media reactor designs, downstream,processing and refining of biological compounds,are explored. Students participate in the entire,production process, assessing how the critical,steps of capture, purification and final,polishing of biomolecules are achieved in,production scale operations. Study of the,equipment, materials and practices involved in,commercial scale operations that use or produce,biological elements. Material transport, scaling,of unit operations, clean room practices and,material properties will be explored. This,course includes site visits to industrial,production facilities.


Course Code:BIOS-2300

Research Preparation:Bioscience,Technology

Preparation for conducting research projects. ,Students conduct a literature review and develop,a project proposal in preparation for a research,project.


Course Code:BIOS-2310

Research Project Bioscience Technology

Students conduct an individual research project,,based on research proposal developed in Research,Preparation Bioscience Technology. The project,entails designing and conducting the necessary,research, compiling and reporting findings.


Course Code:CHEM-1000

General Chemistry

A survey of general chemistry, starting with the,properties of the basic elements and their,chemical reactions and progressing to the,behaviour of organic compounds. Students study,acid/base chemistry, chemical equilibrium and,reductive/oxidative reactions.


Course Code:CHEM-1300


An examination of the structure and role of,lipids, fatty acids, carbohydrates, amino acids,,and proteins. Mechanisms by which organic,molecules react will be studied. An emphasis on,the role of functional groups in organic,reactions and enzyme kinetics is made. The,laboratory portion focuses on enzyme isolation,and related enzyme kinetics.


Course Code:CHEM-2300

Advanced Biochemistry

Recognizing the sources and methods of isolation,and purification of molecules of pharmacological,and industrial interest, students will isolate,and test the biological activity of compounds,from various sources. The production,,purification and characterization of proteins,will be emphasized, as will be the use of,bioinformatic tools and databases to further,understand genetic and protein sequences.


Course Code:COMM-1110

Communications in the Applied Sciences

The vital role that communication plays in the,science field will be emphasized in this course. ,The importance of accurate recording of,laboratory and field activities as well as the,ability to communicate findings to both the,scientific and general communities will be,stressed.


Course Code:COMP-1000

Computer Essentials

Students learn productivity software and explore,digital environments with practical applications,for various workplaces and educational,institutions. The main areas of focus include word,processing, spreadsheets, presentation software,,email and other electronic communication tools,,various digital environments, and,industry-specific applications.


Course Code:MATH-1200

Natural Science Math

This course in mathematics for applied science,programs begins with an intensive overview of,measurement, emphasizing both metric and imperial,units, conversion of simple and derived units,,proper treatment of significant digits, and,techniques for handling measurement error. ,Following a review of algebra and Euclidean,geometry (including many scientific calculator,functions), the course will continue to apply,mathematical skills to solve systems of two and,three linear equations by means of graphic,,algebraic, and determinant methods; derive and,graph functions; and utilize factoring techniques,to solve fractional and quadratic equations. The,course will utilize trigonometric and vector,analysis to solve practical problems involving,angles in any quadrant, as well as right and,oblique triangles. Finally, the relationship,between exponents and radicals, and the,relationship between exponential and logarithmic,functions will be applied to biotic systems.


Course Code:MATH-1300


Exploration of the essentials of statistical,collection, analysis, and interpretation. Topics,covered include the principles of statistical,design, frequency distributions, descriptive,statistics, measures of central tendency and,dispersion, basic probability, standard normal,distributions, linear regression and correlation,,and a variety of statistical tests for goodness,of fit, differences between means, and,identification of outliers. Emphasis will be,placed on the use of statistical software for,data analysis.


Course Code:MATH-2000


An introduction to the theory and methods of,differential and integral calculus. Topics,covered include the concepts of continuity,,limits, and the derivative as an instantaneous,rate of change. Methods of determining,derivatives will cover both algebraic and,transcendental functions. Practical applications,will emphasize maximum/minimum problems. Topics,in integration will include both definite and,indefinite integrals.


Course Code:NCPR-1002

Workplace Hazardous Materials,Information Systems

Students complete Workplace Hazardous Materials,Information System (WHMIS) training and,certification.


Course Code:NCPR-1020

Canadian Council on Animal Care,Certification

Students complete Canadian Council on Animal Care,(CCAC) certification training through UPEI.


Course Code:PRAC-2400

On-The-Job Training:bioscience,Technology

Students apply and improve skills acquired in the,Bioscience Technology program in a work setting. ,They integrate themselves into a laboratory or,industrial production environment that utilizes,bioscience technologies. Students are exposed to,the professional standards, routines and demands,of an organization and are expected to add value,through the application of their skills and,abilities.,



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