Faculty of Science - Biotechnology

Faculty of Science

*As of Fall 2018, admission to the Biotechnology Program has been temporarily suspended. Contact a Faculty of Science Academic Advisor for further information.

Program description

Biotechnology is the application of the principles of chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology to the development of new technologies. Both Microbiology and Chemistry share in the teaching and administration of the program, The Honours and cooperative work-study (co-op) programs provide experience in government, private sector and research laboratories.

Program options

Degree options

B.Sc. Bachelor of Science, Honours in Biotechnology – 4 years
B.Sc. Bachelor of Science, Honours in Biotechnology (Co-op) – 5 years
B.Sc. Bachelor of Science, Major in Biotechnology – 4 years
B.Sc. Bachelor of Science, Major in Biotechnology (Co-op) – 5 years

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

  • Industrial Bioprocesses
  • Biological Energy Transduction
  • Drug Design and Drug Discovery

Research opportunities
Research opportunities are available in the department during the summer or as part of an Honours program.

Co-op options
Cooperative-work study options for Major and Honours Programs

Professional opportunities

  • Research
  • Public health
  • Industrial microbiology or chemistry: producing antibiotics, vaccines, bioethanol, enzymes and antibodies
  • Basic research
  • Graduate studies

Admission Requirements

Visit the Science Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.



What is unique about this program at the U of M?

Students have the opportunity to combine two fascinating areas of life sciences with a real world application and impact. They also have an opportunity to work with excellent faculty members from two departments, all who have externally-funded research programs, including three with national research chairs. Students will experience hands-on research opportunities, strong links to other programs in Science and other faculties, preparation for graduate programs and excellent undergraduate laboratories.

A growing area of treatment for cancer and other potentially deadly disorders is biopharmaceuticals, which provide patients with the disease-killing antibodies they aren't producing but which they require to fight disease. These drugs, made of therapeutic human monoclonal antibodies (known as Mabs), are so in demand that their global sales jumped from $300 million in 1997 to $25 billion in 2007.

Important links

Faculty of Science
Programs in Science
Department of Chemistry
Department of Microbiology
Graduate Programs