Biotechnology—creating technology or products from cellular and biomolecular processes, often DNA technology—is one of the fastest growing and innovative scientific sectors.
Biotechnology fast-tracks you for careers in life science while meeting the standard entry requirements for medical school and other professional schools. You will learn about the use of biotechnology in areas such as health care, veterinary medicine, agriculture, and the environment. Our students study the science behind breakthrough discoveries that revolutionized gene editing, stem cell research, green energy, and big data in personalized medicine. Our students learn in the classroom and lab, as well as in a chosen field alongside biotechnology experts. Our students gain the knowledge, expertise, ethical framework, and contacts necessary to achieve a successful career in the life sciences. Our Biotechnology degree not only fast-tracks you for careers in life science, it also meets standard entry requirements for medical school and other professional schools. On campus, students have access to our new biology and analytical chemistry research laboratories, our confocal microscopy suite, and our on-campus Ecosystem Study Area to put classroom techniques to practice. Our students gain marketable skills and networks through co-op placements and practicums.
DegreesBachelor of Science (BSc) - Honours, Bachelor of Science (BSc)
"Taking biotechnology courses enabled me to become aware of ever-increasing advances in the life sciences. Also, the biotechnology practicum gave me practical laboratory skills I can proudly put on my resume."
- Eunhan Koh, 2019
Careers in Biotechnology
Biotechnology students can pursue career opportunities in:
- Health care (i.e,Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary practice)
- “Omics” disciplines (i.e., genomics, proteomics, metabolomics)
- Food processing
- Marine science
- Computerized mapping and remote sensing
- Natural science and medical research