UBC's Biotechnology program is one of Canada’s most unique. Students gain cross discipline training through two years of learning laboratory skills at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and through two years of learning scientific theory at UBC. This program was created to address the documented need for people who can combine technical experience and training with expertise in other areas such as:

  • Management
  • Production
  • Regulations
  • Intellectual property

Biotechnology Co-op students complete their first two work terms through BCIT. The students are available for their third and fourth work terms as seniors through UBC Science Co-op.

Sample skill sets

  • In Vitro / In Vitro techniques
  • Various routes of drug administration
  • Screening of analgesics
  • Dose-response measurements and analysis
  • Use of transducers and polygraph recorders
  • Smear preparations, staining techniques
  • Reagent and medium preparation
  • Bacteriophage titration
  • Analysis of biochemical tests
  • Organic synthesis
  • Chromatography; GC, UV, IR, TLC
  • C,H-NMR mass spectroscopy
  • Distillation techniques: simple, vacuum fractional, recrystallizations