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Biochemistry and Biotechnology (BSc)


Biochemistry and Biotechnology (BSc)

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Biochemistry and the associated sub-discipline of biotechnology are two of the fastest-growing areas of science.

In this program, you’ll take several courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and biochemistry and gain the skills you’ll need to succeed in a career in research, service, industry or academia.


Program Highlights

  • co-op-icon.jpgCo-op is available (apply after first year).
  • In our program you’ll benefit from a research-intensive environment, especially in your fourth year when you can complete a senior thesis research project, which will provide you with hands-on experience.
  • Our students are eligible to receive Summer Research Awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

First-Year Courses

  • Unifying Life Processes
  • Biological Diversity and Evolution
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry I
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry II
  • Mechanics (for the Life Sciences)*
  • Thermodynamics and Waves (for the Life Sciences)*
  • Introductory Calculus for the Natural Sciences**
  • Calculus I for the Natural Sciences*
  • 1.0 elective credit

*Choice of course exists depending on whether or not high school physics was completed. 

**Choice of course exists depending on background preparation in math. 

For detailed information, visit Program Requirements.

Admission Requirements

We encourage applicants of all academic backgrounds to apply.

Ontario High School Curriculum

  • Minimum admission range: mid 70s.
  • Competitive admission range, based on last year’s admitted students: high 80s.
  • Biology, and Advanced Functions each at 60%.
  • Chemistry at 70%.
  • All prerequisite courses calculated in admission average.

Other Curriculums

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for international curriculums, other Canadian curriculums, transfer students and more.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to broaden your knowledge:

  • Biology Minor
  • minors in science, social science or humanities disciplines

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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