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Academic Calendar 2023-2024

Applied Chemistry & Biotechnology (Diploma)

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Total Credits: 59+
Credential: Diploma in Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology
Program Code: ACBT.DIP
CIP: 41.0301


This is a program in molecular science and technology designed to prepare graduates for employment as technologists in analytical, research, and production laboratories in areas of chemistry and biotechnology including analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, immunology and microbiology. Emphasis in the program is on practical laboratory skills based on solid academic knowledge. In addition to the 20-month core program, students in their second year have the opportunity to carry out a laboratory internship at an external laboratory which leads, upon graduation, to an enhanced diploma with greater skills and work-related experience in their field of interest.

Career/Academic Advancement Opportunities

Example jobs include the analysis of trace dioxins and furans in environmental samples, the production of cloned plant species for commercial plant, fruit or flower markets, the development of DNA fingerprinting for forensics applications, vaccine and drug development, and cancer research. The program is also designed to allow flexibility for students who wish to have the option to transfer to the third year of university degree programs in chemistry, biochemistry or microbiology. Graduates are also eligible to apply for admission, via block transfer, to the third year of the Environmental Sciences program at Royal Roads University.


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Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the the program students will be able to:

  • Apply molecular and chemical concepts in the completion of assigned tasks in applied chemical and biotechnological environments.
  • Conduct and interpret qualitative and quantitative analyses using appropriate laboratory methods.
  • Conduct routine laboratory duties in compliance with established procedures, and good lab practices including policies relevant to safety, occupational health, and environmental practices.
  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to a variety of laboratory and scientific problems.
  • Recognize the scope, nature, and ethical implications of biotechnology, immunology and chemistry and their influence on society.
  • Prepare and effectively communicate information and scientific data in a manner suitable to the audience and purpose. 
  • Interact with others in groups or teams that contribute to effective working relationships and achievement of common goals.
  • Demonstrate effective organizational skills in the lab.
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own actions, decisions, and professional growth.


Year One

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* Students may use ENGL 150 in lieu of ENGL 151   toward program completion.

** COMP 156 prior to Fall 2013 is an acceptable alternative.

*** Students may use ENGL 160 in lieu of ENGL 161 , ENGL 163  or ENGL 164   toward program completion.

Year Two

Optional Program Credential Designation