The Biotechnology major or honours program is an interdisciplinary program involving Chemistry, Biochemistry and Microbiology. It also gives the students the opportunity to do a minor in a related field in another faculty.

Here’s what Biochemistry students can do for you:

  • Basic laboratory techniques including; media preparation and molecular techniques including; PCR and cloning, gel electrophoresis, protein and nucleic acid purification, enzyme assays as well as lab safety protocols
  • Routine operation of instruments; incubators, UV/vis spectrophotometers, centrifuges and liquid handling
  • Sample collection and preparation
  • Data collection, analysis and visualization-R, Python, SPSS, MATLAB
  • Research – experiential design; scientific literature searches

Transferable Skills

Science Co-op students are equipped with a solid foundation of transferable skills which include:

  • Critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • Research, analysis, and project management
  • Communications and writing
  • Digital Technology
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Cultural and historical awareness

Biotechnology students can select one of three highly relevant streams:

  • Analytical 
  • Environmental/Biosystems or
  • Molecular Biotechnology

New courses have been developed that address the business of biotechnology, bioinformatics and biosystems engineeringOther new courses are under development, including a laboratory-focused cell culturing techniques course.

Students are encouraged to select elective courses to satisfy the requirements for relevant Minors, to enhance the interdisciplinary nature of the biotechnology field.

Minor Programs include:

  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Management
  • Food Science
  • Animal Systems
  • Human Nutrition

For a detailed list of courses to learn of the areas covered by Biotechnology lectures and labs, please refer to the University of Manitoba’s Academic Calendar.