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Please note that the design of this program and its admission requirements are under review. We are not accepting applications at this time. Changes will be posted on this website.

  • Four-year joint diploma/degree program with the University of Winnipeg
  • September entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus and University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg
  • Co-op work experience option
  • Credit transfer opportunities: Athabasca University
  • International applicants contact RRC's International Education Office at intled@rrc.ca or 204-632-2143 for information on this program and space availability

The Applied Chemistry program provides you with a broad education in the field of chemistry. You will have the opportunity to specialize in environmental chemistry or industry chemistry.

Graduates will receive both a diploma in Chemical and Biosciences Technology from Red River College and a degree in Applied Chemistry from the University of Winnipeg. 
Year 1 and Year 2 courses are offered at the U of W, Year 3 courses are offered at the College, and Year 4 courses are at the U of W. You will be required to complete 20 full course equivalents for this joint program.

For more information, visit the Applied & Joint Programs webpage.

Admission Requirements

You must apply directly to the University of Winnipeg (U of W) by March 1, and meet the university's admission requirements.

After you complete Years 1 and 2 at the U of W, you must submit an application to Red River College for the third year of the program.

Regular Admission Requirements

  • Completion of Year 2 of the University of Winnipeg's Applied Chemistry Program
    • Submit proof of successful completion of Year 2 of the University of Winnipeg's Applied Chemistry program.
    • Post-secondary transcripts must have been issued within 6 months prior to your application date, and submitted in a sealed envelope directly from the post-secondary institution.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 3
Books and Supplies
Year 3
1To determine the total cost for program/student fees and books/supplies, the costs at the U of W for Years 1, 2 & 4 must be added to these figures.

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Program Outline

In addition to the Red River College courses listed in the courses and descriptions section (plus three credit hours of electives), you must complete a number of University of Winnipeg courses. Please refer to the University of Winnipeg calendar for specific course information.

You must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in the appropriate program at Red River College. You also must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours at the University of Winnipeg. You must complete all required Year 1 and Year 2 courses at the U of W before proceeding to RRC.

Note: Ensure you are aware of course pre-requisites, especially for those you plan to take from the recommended lists. To help you select your courses, determine your prerequisites, and finalize other details, a mandatory academic advising process will be set up for you.

Courses and Descriptions

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
Year 1
Term 1Credit Hours
CBST-1025Data Analysis
Term 2Credit Hours
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
BIOL-1003Basic & Applied Microbiology
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This course includes: microbiological fundamentals, examples of chemical and physical methods of control, applications to environmental, water and foods; viral structure, classification and replication; and analysis of selected metabolic reactions and methods used in identification of selected microorganisms. It also includes the practical and applied aspects of industrial microbiology in the production of foods, other commercial products of economic value, water treatment and microbiological analysis.

CBST-1014Microbiology 1
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A survey of the microbial world, their organization, structure and factors that influence and control microbial activity and growth. Basic techniques used in the observation, cultivation, and identification of selected bacteria and fungi are included.

CBST-1025Data Analysis
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This course builds on principles of statistical data analysis previously taught in the program and covers a diverse range of topics concerning the analysis of scientific data. Topics include: the derivation and analysis of calibration curves, techniques of method validation and limits of detection. Standard means of presenting and tracking quality data, such as control charts, are discussed, as are the basics of experimental design and analysis using ANOVA.

CBST-1031Introductory Biochemistry
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Introductory Biochemistry introduces students to the fundamental concepts/compounds of biochemistry. Students will look at the structure and role of lipids/fatty acids, carbohydrates, and amino acids/proteins. The course also introduces students to anabolic/catabolic pathways and the fundamentals of bioenergetics and metabolism. Introductory Biochemistry helps students develop professional laboratory techniques including formulations, methods, and ISO-format record maintenance.

CBST-1040Quality Systems
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An overview of quality assurance principles to provide students with an awareness and understanding of quality assurance terminology and selected standards and regulatory approaches that they are likely to meet.

CBST-2001Environmental Issues
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This course introduces students to some of the most pressing environmental concerns of the 21st century. Topics such as climate change, acid rain, ozone depletion and chemical pollution will be studied within a scientific context. Attempts at mitigation of environmental harm, such as “green chemistry,” will be included as will government regulatory measures. Students will also learn about ISO 14000, the series of international standards governing the environmental management of organizations.

CBST-2003Life Science Topics
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A second year course designed to introduce the student to the core concepts, issues and techniques involved in stem cell research and medical therapeutics and nanotechnology applications.  The course will examine both embryonic and adult stem cell lines, medical therapies and examine some of the controversy surrounding the science of stem cells. As well, the course will review developments in nanotechnology including: molecular manufacturing, nanomedicine, nanodiagnostics and molecular electronics.

CBST-3001Advanced Biochemistry
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The second component of biochemical studies, Advanced Biochemistry, focuses on two main subject areas: metabolic pathways and metabolism as well as information pathways in living systems. Students will look at both the structures and pathways of metabolites as well as an in-depth examination of nucleic acids and the transfer of genetic information into functional cellular products. Advanced Biochemistry also helps students develop professional laboratory technique including formulations, methods, and ISO/GLP-format laboratory record maintenance.


CO-OP/Practicum Information

The co-operative education option will include paid work terms in chemistry-related positions. Enrolment in this path is limited dependent on the availability of positions. You must meet the co-op education criteria and apply through your faculty advisor at the University of Winnipeg.

Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College students require, at minimum:

1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

2.  A high speed internet connection

• Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
• Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
• Please refer to https://www.rrc.ca/studentcomputing for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

Transfer Credit Opportunities

The following university offers credit for the Applied Chemistry program:

Athabasca University

  • Credits toward a Bachelor of Science

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, you must complete the required courses at both the University of Winnipeg and Red River College.

Employment Potential

The opportunities for graduates appear to be very promising. Job prospects fall into three main categories: the traditional chemical laboratory industry, the health care industry, and the environmental industry.

Contact Information

For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.

For detailed program information, contact:

Red River College
Applied Sciences Department
A425P-2055 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H 0J9
Fax: 204-632-4859
University of Winnipeg
Chemistry Department
2C19B (Centennial Hall)
515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E9
Fax: 204-786-1824
E-mail: k.friesen@uwinnipeg.ca

How to Apply

For information on how to apply to this program, follow the link below.


Student Evaluation of Program

Every year Red River College surveys students, in all full-time programs, to learn more about their college experience. The questionnaire includes questions about students’ experiences with College programs, facilities, and services offered.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/student-evaluation-of-program for student evaluation of program reports.

College Support Services

Red River College is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC.

Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

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