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Biological Science

Program details

Faculty
Science

Degree
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Science and Management (Honours)

Experiential learning
Capstone
Co-op
Research study
Undergraduate thesis

Delivery method
Hybrid online/in-class
In-class

Location
Ontario Tech University, North Oshawa

Start dates
September

Length
Four or five years

Program load
Full-time

OUAC code
DSB

Overview

Students in lab This program provides an excellent basis for writing the MCAT exam and for satisfying course requirements for applying to professional programs in medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry.

You can pursue the Honours Biological Science program or choose to specialize in one of the following areas:

  • Applied Biotechnology

    Biotechnology is a rapidly growing area with many applications in health, agriculture and industry. Students gain a strong understanding of cell and molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, biochemistry and physiology. Students in this specialization also benefit from enhanced laboratory experience.

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  • Environmental Biology

    The Environmental Biology specialization prepares students for leadership roles in the environmental sector. The specialization combines disciplinary study in the natural sciences in the first two years of the program, followed by focused study in the last two years on the diversity of life from genomes to ecosystems in natural and human-impacted environments.

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  • Environmental Toxicology

    Environmental toxicology is an interdisciplinary applied field involving health, agriculture, urban development and industry. It combines a strong base in biology and chemistry, with a focus on physiology, biochemistry, environmental science and environmental chemistry.

  • Life Sciences

    This specialization consists of an integrated and focused concentration on biology and chemistry, with additional courses in neuroscience and human anatomy. You will gain a detailed understanding of the structure and functioning of the human body, how the brain and nervous systems work, and what happened when the brain degenerates and becomes damaged or disorganized.  

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  • Marine Biology

    The Marine Biology specialization focuses on marine ecosystems and organisms. Students will have experiential learning opportunities in the marine environment via a semester abroad at the Bermuda, at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS).

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Science and Management

If you are interested in managerial and leadership roles, consider applying for the five-year Bachelor of Science and Management (Honours) program in your upper years of study. Graduates gain a solid foundation in the key functional areas of business and management, including finance, accounting, operations, project management and marketing.

There is a wealth of opportunities for science graduates in industry, government, and in areas of applied science. The combination of a science degree and business and management education will give an added advantage to graduates in establishing careers within these practical fields.


The professors I have in the Biological Science – Life Sciences program are unparalleled. Professor Brar understands the minds of students and that physics can be intimidating to the novice learner. Professor Brar was engaging, supportive, caring and a friend to all; he completely changed my outlook on physics! Science courses are filled with instructors that genuinely care about you—that go above and beyond to help you succeed. Eric Doyle Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Life Sciences Class of 2023


Admissions

Admissions


Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M credits including English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), and two of Biology (SBI4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), Chemistry (SCH4U) or Physics (SPH4U). In addition, a combined minimum 70 per cent average in prerequisite math and science courses is required. It is recommended that all four of MCV4U, SBI4U, SCH4U and SPH4U be taken.

Note: Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken, and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.


Last year's cut-off70 per cent
Expected cut-offLow 70s

Program details

Faculty
Science

Degree
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Science and Management (Honours)

Experiential learning
Capstone
Co-op
Research study
Undergraduate thesis

Delivery method
Hybrid online/in-class
In-class

Location
Ontario Tech University, North Oshawa

Start dates
September

Length
Four or five years

Program load
Full-time

OUAC code
DSB

Contact information

Career opportunities

Pursue career and advanced education opportunities in a variety of areas including:

  • Environmental sector
  • Food industry
  • Biotechnology sector
  • Government or private research laboratory
  • Pharmaceutical sector
  • Pharmacy (after further study)
  • Medicine (after further study)
  • Secondary school teaching (through Concurrent Education)

An Honours undergraduate degree in Biological Science will also allow you to pursue graduate studies, including the university’s Master of Science program in Applied Biosciences


Experiential learning

A five-year Co-operative Education option is available; it satisfies the guidelines of the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education. The program combines an Honours Bachelor of Science program with embedded work terms. The co-op option gives you opportunities to apply your classroom and lab concepts to real-world situations and help you gain valuable, relevant work experience to promote networking and lifelong career success.

Co-op work terms give you the opportunity to earn a competitive salary that will help pay for your university degree, and the work experience to help clarify your career objectives. More importantly, a co-op degree gives you a distinct advantage that will assist your prospects for full-time employment after graduation or for being readily accepted into graduate school to pursue further studies. Studies have shown that university students who graduate with a co-op degree have lower debt loads, are employed faster and have higher starting salaries.

We are committed to providing you with outstanding opportunities to work with today’s highest-quality employers in business and industry. Our university has developed strong partnerships with leading employers in Durham Region and beyond to allow you to connect with experts in the field and gain hands-on, real-world experience.

  • Sample courses
    • Cell Biology
    • Developmental Biology
    • Genetics and Molecular Biology
    • Infection and Immunity
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Principles of Pharmacology and Toxicology

    A full program map is available in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar. Courses are subject to change without notice.