Start Date: September
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Length: 1 year plus 2 intersessions
Credential: DIPLOMA, BIOSCIENCE TECHNOLOGIST FROM HOLLAND COLLEGE, BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, BIOTECHNOLOGY FROM UPEI UPON COMPLETION OF FINAL YEAR
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
|Tuition & Fees||$6,061||$11,811|
|Tuition & Fees|
|Health Insurance Fee||$420|
|Fitness Centre Fee||$80|
|Intersession due May 2||$868|
|1st installment due September 6||$2,919|
|2nd installment due January 9||$3,142|
|Tuition and Other Fees|
|Lab Fee||$ 1,300|
|Student Union||$ 172|
|Health Insurance Fee||$ 1,170|
|Fitness Centre Fee||$ 80|
|Grad Fee||$ 100|
|Intersession due May 2||$ 868|
|1stinstallment due September 1||$ 8,669|
|2ndinstallment due January 6, 2022||$ 3,142|
|Other Program Costs|
Course Name & Description
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.
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.
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.
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.
Establish and maintain eukaryotic cell lines, following special requirements. Students become competent in all aspects of cell culturing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Preparation for conducting research projects. Students conduct a literature review and develop a project proposal in preparation for a research project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this course, students are introduced to the fundamentals of various software programs and information processing systems used in today's workplace and educational environments. Students develop the skills necessary to understand and efficiently use common workplace productivity tools. The main areas of focus include: operating systems, e-mail and groupware, word processing, spreadsheets, electronic presentation software, and the integration of these technologies.
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.
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.
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.
Students complete Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training and certification.
Students complete Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) certification training through UPEI.
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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