What to Expect
During the first semester, all Biological Sciences Technology: Laboratory and Research students acquire skills and knowledge in the general sciences of biology and chemistry, communications, ethics, botany, zoology, genetics, and lab techniques and calculations.
Students apply directly into the specialization. Entry into the specialization is competitive based on academic performance and is established using the rankings of the student's weight-averaged marks upon application. Due to resource and training considerations the program maintains a second year enrollment quota of 20 students in the Laboratory and Research Program.
In this program, you will learn how to:
- Work with DNA, RNA and proteins
- Culture and identify bacteria and viruses
- Perform biological and biochemical analyses of cells
- Conduct cell cloning procedures
- Perform immunological assays
- Handle and work with lab animals
- Perform chemical testing using analytical equipment
- Perform basic surgical techniques
- Conduct a gene knock-down study
- Work safely with radioisotopes
- Perform a gene expression study using real-time PCR
Additional Studies / Skills
- Design and manage a group-based project
- Use QA/QC principles to obtain accurate and reproducible data
- Conduct literature searches, perform oral presentations and prepare written reports
- Consider ethical issues surrounding research questions
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend on average
- 30 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester
- 15 to 20 hours per week studying and completing class assignments outside of scheduled class time.
In addition to lab facilities, the program also uses various lecture and computer facilities throughout the Institute.
This program maintains 6 dedicated instructional laboratories for the delivery of program curriculum, supported by a technical support team of 5 skilled and dedicated individuals. These labs contain an extensive inventory of scientific equipment for investigative and instructional purposes.
Is This Program For You?
Graduates must be able to demonstrate the ability to work as an efficient member of a workplace team with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively. They must recognize that further training and acquisition of additional specialized skills may be required to fulfill the needs of their employer or position.
Employment opportunities are not always found locally therefore successful graduates must willing to re-locate to various geographical locations within the province and perhaps western Canada.
A very important key to obtaining successful employment is the assertive promotion of yourself as individual as well as a trained and valuable technologist
Programs in NAIT’s School of Applied Sciences and Technology prepare learners for in-demand, technical careers in the building science, natural resource, environmental management and design industries.
Our facilities provide our students with practical, job-ready experience using a variety of modern laboratory and field instruments, simulation and computer applications, along with work experience, field trips, applied research and other opportunities.
Our graduates gain the skills to ensure that our natural resources are used in an optimal way that is sustained for future generations. Their knowledge and technical expertise also allow them to engage in resource management activities without compromising the integrity or sustainability of the ecosystems in which they work,