Science

Programs

Applied and Industrial Mathematics

Mathematics is a fundamental component of scientific endeavour and plays a part in most of our daily activities. It's a key component of problem-solving, from the modelling of atmospheric physics to the complexities of managing risk in financial markets.

Students in the Applied and Industrial Mathematics program will learn concepts, principles, qualitative and quantitative methods, as well as innovative problem-solving skills. Students will gain valuable experience by learning state-of-the-art algorithms and software in courses, and through research projects related to the workplace.

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Biological Science

Biology is the study of life. It focuses on understanding life on earth: what life is, how it originated, how it changes over time, and how it influences and is influenced by the surrounding environment. Simply, it examines how life works.

At Ontario Tech University, we have a comprehensive undergraduate program where students can take a wide variety of courses to support their interests in various disciplines of biology that explore complex systems of life - from molecules and cells to ecosystems and human anatomy. Our undergraduate courses give students many opportunities to experience biology first hand through lab and field activities using cutting-edge technology.

The research of our biology professors is integrated into the undergraduate program and students can get involved in a variety of research opportunities. After completing their undergraduate degree, students can do a Masters’ or PhD in Applied Bioscience.

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Chemistry

Chemistry is known as the central science. From the experimental to the theoretical, our program exposes you to all major fields of chemistry: physical, analytical, organic, inorganic and chemical biology. Students use modern laboratories and teaching environments to gain hands-on experimental understanding.

Students in our program gain important problem-solving skills for the 21st century. Graduates may also pursue advanced degrees in medicine, law, business, education, and research-based Master of Science and PhD programs.

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Computer Science

Computing is part of everything we do. It plays a major role in everything from self-driving cars and immersive games to improving everyday activities. Our programs are designed to ensure our graduates are developing the skills they need to thrive in tomorrow's job market.

Our undergraduate program will equip you with the skills and experience to find innovative solutions to the world’s problems whether your plan is to work in industry, start your own company or pursue graduate studies. Degree options include Co-operative Education and specializations in Data Science or Digital Media.

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Forensic Science

Forensic Science is an interdisciplinary study that uses scientific principles to analyze evidence for legal investigations. Our Forensic Science program will give students a strong scientific foundation in biology and chemistry. Students will also learn about forensic aspects of identification, toxicology, physics, psychology and law.

Our Forensic Science program is accredited by the Forensic Science Education Program Accreditation Commission (FEPAC), recognizing that our curriculum, labs, faculty and research have met the rigorous standards set by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). We are one of only two programs in Canada to receive this prestigious award.

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Health Physics and Radiation Science

Energy supply, medicine, agriculture, national security, manufacturing and resource-based industries are all examples of where the use of radioactive materials or radiation-generating machines are an essential part of operations. Radiation is also used to study materials and matter on the atomic scale. Our curriculum is a combination of fundamental radiation science, technological methods and applications to prepare you for a successful career.

Our program is designed in consultation with key industry representatives, and will provide you with necessary theoretical and applied skills to meet employers' needs.

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Health Sciences


Human Health Specialization

The Human Health Specialization will prepare you for health-related post-graduate studies such as, medicine, epidemiology, and dentistry. You will take upper-year electives that extend your knowledge in core areas as well as integrate a critical knowledge and understanding of the health-care system in Canada. The Human Health Science specialization offers you an opportunity to learn a broad range of topics related to health. This specialization focuses on the fundamental areas of science as it relates to human health and disease including:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Pathophysiology
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Public Health Specialization

The term “public health” can conjure a variety of images and ideas for individuals in Canadian society and abroad. For some, it means screening for communicable diseases, mass immunization programs or legislation for healthy and safe work environments. For others, public health means the creation of governmental agencies or combating Ebola and the Zika virus. Overall, the aim of public health is to empower residents to make informed decisions and partake in interventions that seek to preserve, promote, and restore their health.

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Integrated Mathematics and Computer Science

Integrated Mathematics and Computer Science provides an integrated curriculum aimed at developing enriched skills in mathematical analysis and modeling, and software design and programming. It focuses on where mathematics and computer science converge, as well as the practical application of computer knowledge and mathematical principles.

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Integrative Neuroscience

Integrative Neuroscience offers a unique interdisciplinary approach to the study of neuroscience, with an emphasis on strong foundational science and practical laboratory skills. You will study the nervous system at the cellular level, understand its influences on functional circuits at the macroscopic level, and learn how this forms the basis of behaviour, movement and neurological diseases. This program explores neuroscience from an evolutionary perspective, including a comparative analysis of the nervous system and behaviour among different animal groups.

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Medical Laboratory Science



Ontario Tech University's Bachelor of Health Science in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program is the first of its kind in Ontario. You will be introduced to the exciting diagnostic aspects of health science, including a focus on medical research. You will become skilled in the five main areas of the diagnostic laboratory:

  • Chemistry
  • Hematology
  • Histotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Transfusion medicine

Medical laboratory technologists:

  • Analyze the chemical substances in the body.
  • Detect abnormal cells in the blood.
  • Identify the type of bacteria responsible for an infection.
  • Match the blood given to an accident victim.
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Medical Laboratory Science - Northern Access Initiative

The Medical Laboratory Science - Northern Access Initiative is reserved for applicants from northern Ontario. If this does not apply to you, please apply to the Medical Laboratory Science program using the program code DHL.

Prepare yourself to be eligible to write the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) national certification examination.

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Physics

The study of Physics focuses on understanding the fundamental behaviour of systems in nature. This can include understanding the smallest particles in nature (like atoms) to exploring dark matter halos in space.

Students can complete their studies through the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Physics program, or they can specialize in either Astrophysics or Nanotechnology and Clean Energy. Our courses incorporate hands-on learning and provide students with the opportunity to use cutting-edge technology.

The research of our physics professors is integrated into the undergraduate program and students can get involved in a variety of research opportunities. After completing their undergraduate degree, students can choose to do graduate studies in either Modelling and Computational Science or Materials Science. Both of these programs offer Master of Science and PhD Degrees.

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Psychology

Bachelor of Arts

Do groups of people make better decisions than individuals? How do clinicians diagnose mental illness in children and adults? Can we empathize equally with people from different cultural backgrounds?

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program will receive a core first year of social science courses with their second year reserved for foundational psychology courses. Students will also be required to take a number of additional social science electives in their upper years of study. This program will be of particular interest to students wishing to pursue studies in the social, personality and developmental characteristics of human behaviour.

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Bachelor of Science

Does the chronic use of drugs lead to permanent changes in the brain? How do modern pharmaceuticals help treat the symptoms of anxiety and depression? How do traumatic events influence a child’s development?

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Psychology program will receive a core first year of natural science courses, including biology, chemistry, physics, math and psychology with their second year reserved for foundational psychology courses. Students will also be required to take a number of additional science electives in their upper years of study. This program will be of particular interest to students wishing to pursue studies in the cognitive and biological underpinnings of human behaviour.

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Want to see the specific courses you’ll be taking in your program? Visit ontariotechu.ca/calendar.

College-to-university transfer programs

Turn an Ontario college diploma (or equivalent) into a degree in as little as two years. See which programs are available to you at ontariotechu.ca/pathways.

Your career possibilities

  • Biotechnologist
  • Computational Modeler
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Crime Scene Officer
  • Drug Discovery and Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Energy Supply Specialist
  • Environmental Protection Officer
  • Epidemiologist
  • Forensic Technologist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Machine Learning and Data Scientist
  • Medical Professional (e.g. Dentist, Physician, Pharmacist, Veterinarian)
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Occupational Health and Safety Co-ordinator
  • Registered Medical Laboratory Technologist

† Some of these careers may require further study.
Eric Doyle - Biological Science - Life Sciences

The professors I have in the Biological Science - Life Sciences program are unparalleled. Science courses are filled with instructors that genuinely care about you, that go above and beyond to help you succeed. You’ll receive the support you need to maximize your university experience.

Eric Doyle Biological Science - Life Sciences, class of 2023

Industry-ready learning

  • Collect and analyze evidence, and apply it to forensic investigations in our unique Crime Scene House.
  • Take on diverse math problems like determining fuel strategies for hybrid vehicles.
  • Use various instruments for radiation detection, measurement and isotope identification within industrial, and environmental contexts.
  • Learn from professors who are world-renowned specialists in their fields.
  • Model stellar atmosphere and simulate galaxy collisions using modern computational physics methods.
  • Develop your own interactive web and mobile applications by using tech-industry operating platforms.
  • Perform diagnostic tests on blood, body fluids and tissue samples.
  • Learn how to detect diseases, disorders and infections.
  • Look at the effects of chronic drug use on the brain, how modern pharmaceuticals help treat the symptoms of anxiety and depression, and how traumatic events influence a child’s development.
  • Study at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences in one of the world’s most diverse, open-ocean ecosystems. Immerse yourself in well-equipped floating labs to support numerous scientific endeavours in the ocean environment.
of science students are employed within six months of graduation
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forensic science programs in Canada, fully accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences’ Forensic Education Programs Accreditation Commission
Science co-op education
Flexible, paid work placements of 4, 8, 12 or 16 consecutive months
1 of 2
degree-granting Medical Laboratory Science programs in Canada
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Complete an extra year of courses and you’ll gain a solid foundation in business, accounting, finance, operations, marketing and human resources

Medical School pathway

Ontario Tech students who successfully graduate from the following programs with a minimum cumulative GPA of 75 per cent, will receive entry to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at either Saba University School of Medicine, Medical University of the Americas, or St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine:

  • Chemical Biology
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Health Science
  • Integrative Neuroscience
  • Life Sciences
  • Public Health

‡ To learn more about the pathway program, including MD admission requirements and scholarships, visit ontariotechu.ca/medschoolpathway

Clubs and societies

  • Health Sciences Society
  • Med Lab United
  • Pre-Medical Society
  • Pre-Optometry Club
  • Science Council
  • Students Investing in Brain Research and Development

Science Café

ontariotechu.ca/sciencecafe

Developed to provide additional academic support and mentorship to undergraduate students.