Bioscience technologists use applied science to research problems and develop solutions to some of life's many important questions, ranging from food safety to new medicines.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic's BioScience Technology program is a two-year diploma program that emphasizes a hands-on style of learning. Your classroom time includes theory, practical exercises and labs. A four-week practicum gives you on-the-ground experience working in a laboratory, so at the end of your program you're ready for the workplace.
The program is designed to give you a strong foundation in both scientific principles and analytic practices. The emphasis is on developing your lab skills to prepare you for work in the biosciences, biomedical research and applied research fields.
You'll develop the skills you need to:
- analyse DNA, RNA and protein samples
- follow good laboratory practices (GLP) guidelines
- handle and prepare laboratory chemicals
- organize and supervise laboratory activities
- record, process and report data
- use analytical instruments
- work with plants and animals in a research setting
- work with microorganisms
Did You Know?
Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) accredits the program at the Technologist level.
TAC is a bold, world class accreditation organization, delivering accreditation services for the engineering technology and applied science profession in Canada.
After two years of suitable industrial experience, Saskatchewan Polytechnic graduates are eligible to apply for membership with the Saskatchewan Applied Science Technologists and Technicians (SASTT).
You can also use your diploma as a stepping stone to a university degree - receive up to two years' university transfer credits to continue your post-secondary education in biosciences.
How Does it Fit?
Working in the biosciences involves detail-oriented and meticulous laboratory work. It also requires an open mind, an aptitude for problem solving and the ability to think on your feet. Bioscience technologists are members of multidisciplinary teams, so communication, interpersonal and team-building skills are an asset.
The BioScience Technology program works with industry partners to grow the bioscience industry in Saskatchewan. Saskatoon is host to over 30 biotechnology related companies and has great community, provincial and federal support. Sask Polytech students are hired by many of these local companies.
Ladder into a Degree
Turn your BioScience Technology diploma into a university degree in just two years. Saskatchewan Polytechnic has a transfer agreement with the University of Saskatchewan. You can also transfer into programs at Athabasca University (Alberta), Memorial University (Newfoundland) and Royal Roads University (B.C.).
- 24 students are accepted each year. Find out more about books and supplies.
- Students will experience laboratory work, lectures and a practicum work term.
- Class hours are 25 to 27 hours per week. Students can expect to complete 30-40 hours of homework each week outside of class time.
- There is a capstone group project that requires coordination.
- Students are involved in their practicum selection and location