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Consumer awareness of production safety and quality is at an all-time high, triggered by repeated recalls, social media campaigns and increased media access. As a result, successful quality control and quality assurance programs are essential for an organization to survive. Graduates of the Chemical Laboratory Technology – Food Science program are uniquely suited to work in these high-demand areas in the food, cosmetics, natural health product and cannabis industries. Our courses are rooted in real-world applications and our extensive analytical instrumentation lab provides practical, hands-on training on the instrumentation used routinely for the quality control and safety testing of products in these industries. Learning on industry-grade equipment, students graduate with a broad base of theoretical knowledge and practical skills to draw from in their future careers.
Note: this program has additional recommended requirements. Please visit the Admission Requirements tab for further information.
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Durham College is awaiting confirmation of the annual tuition fees for this program from the Ministry of College and Universities. The Ministry has yet to release the 2021-2022 Tuition Framework. Until that framework is released, we can only provide an estimated tuition amount.
Domestic students should plan for an annual (2 semester) fee of $3,384
International students should plan for an annual (2 semester) fee of $14,196.
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To help students succeed in programs with remote learning requirements, Durham College’s IT Services department has identified minimum technology recommendations. While these are not program requirements, these suggestions will help ensure students have the right tools to support a quality remote learning experience.
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Our well-equipped microbiology, chemical analysis, product development, and food processing facilities provide our students with hands-on experience in the methods and instrumentation used in the food science, cosmetics, natural health product, and cannabis industries. Our students learn the theory of and perform experiments mirroring industry procedures and protocols to ensure they are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to work in these high-demand industries.
During placement, students have the opportunity to gain experience at partner organizations, including food manufacturers, microbiology laboratories, analytical testing facilities and ingredient suppliers.
Graduates are employed in both the public and private sectors including:
This program has broad career prospects and a graduate may become a(n)
The career path for graduates of this program can extend to technical research and development, operations and general management.
Graduates may be eligible to continue their studies in a degree program via Pathways agreements with a variety of universities: www.durhamcollege.ca/pathways
The courses listed below are for incoming students. If you are a current student, please refer to your program of study for the year you began your program. Your program of study can be found on MyCampus.
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change. Please note that as a result of COVID-19 the 2020-21 program of study may be modified to accommodate program delivery changes. Students should refer to their timetable for the most up-to-date course information.
Your learning experience will be complemented by a field placement in your third year, which will allow you to gain hands-on experience in an industry related environment.
Durham College also offers degree completion opportunities with a number of Canadian and international institutions. Sample diploma-to-degree opportunities include:
Please visit our pathways page to learn more about how you can transfer your credits towards a degree.
To help students have the best remote learning experience possible, Durham College’s IT Services department has identified technology recommendations for each program based on course needs and software requirements. While not required, students may want to consider these suggestions if they are purchasing a computer or laptop for the upcoming academic year.
Storage: 256GB SSD
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional or Education x64 SP1
Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 11 or Google Chrome (newest version) or Firefox (newest version)
Network Adapter: 802.11ac 2.4/5 GHz wireless adapter
Camera: Webcam/built-in camera
Questions regarding technology recommendations can be directed to the IT Service Desk or the school office.
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