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International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

The 1st week of the Animal Cell Culture microcredential introduces you to the animal cell culture lab and operation of equipment, including biological safety cabinets and the biosafety regulations for working with different types of cells. You will immediately begin sub-culturing both adherent and suspension cells with an emphasis on good aseptic technique. You will also learn how to count cells to determine cell density and viability, thaw and cryo-preserve cell stocks and perform a gene transfer (transfection) experiment. Classroom time (~5 hours in-person or online) will be scheduled in between lab activities (~25 hours) to review procedures and build your knowledge base. Topics will include: the various types of animal cells, growth media and supplements used in research, biopharmaceutical and biomanufacturing applications; how to prevent and detect microbial contamination (e.g. mycoplasma testing); gene transfer and analysis techniques.​


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.



Domestic fees


Course offerings

Spring/Summer 2024

Below is one offering of XBIO 4010 for the Spring/Summer 2024 term.

CRN 68365


Mon May 27 - Fri May 31 (5 days)

  • 5 days
  • CRN 68365
  • Domestic fees $883.97
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
May 27 - May 31 Mon - Fri 09:00 - 15:00 Burnaby SW09 Rm. 122


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees


Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  4. If you are interested in completing this Microcredential (XBIO 4010 and XBIO 4020) please contact Sarah McLeod, the Biotechnology Department Program Head, by email at Please attach the following to your email: 1) a pdf or scanned image of your transcript that clearly shows your name, the post-secondary institution, program, level of study and successful completion of the required Cell Biology course (see Entrance Requirements) 2) Statement of Intent (500 words or less), describing any lab experience you have outside of school, including employment, co-ops, internships or volunteer lab work and a list of the lab techniques you are already familiar with. Also, state your career goals and explain why you are interested in taking this animal cell culture microcredential. You may be asked to provide hard copies of your official transcripts and/or an identity document.

Seats Available

1 seat remaining as of Fri April 19, 2024 at 12:09 pm (PDT). Availability may change at any time.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the trainee will be able to:

  • ​Explain the different types of cells that are used in animal cell culture, the different types of media and supplements that are necessary for cell growth, and the biosafety regulations for working with animal cells.
  • Understand the functions of the different types of equipment found in a cell culture lab.
  • Understand the importance of aseptic technique for working with animal cells and the methods used to monitor for microbial contamination.
  • Understand the different gene transfer techniques that are typically used for animal cells.​
  • Culture animal cell lines in a biosafety cabinet/laminar flow hood using good aseptic technique and following all biosafety regulations.
  • Perform cell counts to determine the cell density and viability of animal cell cultures.
  • Perform cryopreservation (freezing) and thawing of animal cells.
  • Perform transfection (gene transfer) of animal cells and assess transfection efficiency using several different methods, including fluorescence-based measurements.​

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2022

Related Programs

Animal Cell Culture 1 (XBIO 4010) is offered as a part of the following programs:

  • Indicates programs accepting international students.
  • Indicates programs with a co-op option.

School of Health Sciences

  1. Animal Cell Culture
    Microcredential Part-time


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