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  • Bioinformatics


(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:BIF
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Description

Bioinformatics is the application of computer programming to the management and analysis of biological information and is used to address biological problems. Bioinformatics is essential in examining how data from biological experiments can be used to generate critical information about gene sequence and function, protein structure, molecular evolution, drug targets and disease mechanisms in today’s science– and technology–driven world. This emerging field requires individuals with a multi– disciplinary background in biology and computer science.

This program is designed to meet the increased demand for trained bioinformatics professionals by providing further training for people holding a university degree or three-year college diploma in biotechnology (or a biotechnology–related program).

As a student in this program, you’ll receive specific training in bioinformatics, focusing on:

  • computer operating systems (UNIX, Windows)
  • programming and scripting (Perl, HTML, Java)
  • data Storage, management and analysis (Oracle, SQL)
  • computer applications used in this field
  • current molecular biology laboratory techniques.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A recognized degree or three year post secondary diploma from an accredited institution in Biotechnology, Biology, or a closely related field.
  • English proficiency at the postsecondary level.

Additional Requirements:

  • Pre-Admissions English test - Cost $55
  • Logic test
  • Applicant profile

Applicant Selection:

  • Applicants will be invited to attend an orientation session where they will complete the Pre-Admissions English test, logic test and applicant profile.
  • Applicants are ranked based on the strength of their Pre-Admissions English test, logic test and applicant profile.
  • Admission to this program is highly competitive. Only the top ranked applicants will be offered a seat in the program.


  • Although not required for admission, the following are recommended for your success in the program:
    • A home PC or laptop and ISP
    • Familiarity with statistics
    • Basic computer skills including office software
    • Previous exposure to computer programming/coding.


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Your Career

Bioinformatics is a rapidly expanding area requiring personnel with multi–disciplinary backgrounds in biotechnology and computer science. With your graduate certificate in Bioinformatics, you’ll be prepared for a successful career in a variety of roles such as bioinformatics technician, bioinformatics scientist or as a bioinformatics resource for a biotechnology or pharmaceutical laboratory.

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Davenport University• Any relevant Bachelor or Master of Business Administration

Co-operative Education Option

Should you choose the co–operative education option, you’ll find that it’s an important partnership between the employer, Seneca and you. Following the two academic semesters, you’ll begin to integrate your academic study with practical work experience in academic, industrial and governmental settings. The experience you’ll gain during this work–placement semester provides considerable reinforcement to your overall studies and is a way for you to connect with employers for potential future employment.

As part of the graduation requirements, you must successfully complete the professional theory and practice subjects, as well as the work–term semester. In this option, you must also achieve a high academic standing (GPA 3.0) in each semester, while maintaining a full course load, as well as fulfilling other responsibilities in order to continue in the program or qualify for the work semester.

A “Policies and Guidelines for Students” document, that elaborates on this cautionary note, is available from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology co–operative education office.

Admission to the co–operative education program is by application during the first academic semester. Note that a minimum GPA of 3.0 from semester one is required to be eligible, but does not necessarily guarantee entry into the co–operative education option. As part of the selection process the Promotion Committee will play a key role in assessing the suitability of students to participate in co–operative education.


Co-op Model
  Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Work-Term

Important Academic Dates

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Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BIF701 Bioinformatics I 4
BIF712 Concepts of Programming with Perl 6
BIF713 Operating Systems and Project Management 3
BIF804 Molecular Biology and Biotechnology 5
BIF805 Biological Data Systems 4
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BIF705 Applied Statistics 4
BIF724 Bioinformatics Programming with Perl 5
BIF801 Bioinformatics II 3
BIF807 Data Driven Approaches to Analysis 3
BIF806 Independent Group Project 1
BIF812 Concepts of Programming with Java 6

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Bioinformatics I
Programming Perl
Systems Management
Biological Data Systems
Semester 2
Applied Statistics
Perl Bioinformatics
Bioinformatics II
Data Driven Approaches to Analysis
Independent Group Project
Programming Java

Contact Us

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Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Valentyna Gorodovych
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Diane Duerden
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33006
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Monica Russell
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33769
Program Coordinator: Dan Fieldhouse
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33321
Co-op Coordinator: Zahra Hirji
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33778
Program Chair: Paola Battiston
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33760
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