Biotechnology Honours

This B.Sc. major is for students with a GPA of at least 3.0 intending a research career in the biotechnology industry or graduate school. Completion of the chemistry minor is highly recommended. Students intending a career in the biotechnology industry may consider a minor or concentration in business administration. Normally an honours program extends University studies to a fifth year.

Requirements for Honours Degree

1. Admission into the Biotechnology Honours program requires a GPA of 3.0 over the first semester of study in a science program (e.g., BIOL 113, CHEM 111, MATH 123 or 105, ENGL 103, UNIV 101); a GPA of 3.0 in Biology and Biotechnology courses, and an overall GPA of 2.7 for graduation.

2. A total of 134 sem. hrs. plus 2 co-op placements must be completed.

3. A minimum of 57 sem. hrs. in Biology and Biotechnology courses must be completed of which 36 sem. hrs. must be upper level (300 of higher).

General Graduation Requirements

  Sem. Hrs.
Biology and Biotechnology 54
Chemistry (111, 112, 221, 222, 357, 358) 18
ENGL 103, 104 6
Fine Arts 3
History 3
Human Kinetics (incl. HKIN 190) 4
IDIS 102 1
Math 123/124 (or 102) 6
NATS 487, 490 3
Philosophy 3
PHYS 111, 112 6
Religious Studies (RELS 101, 102; Bible content; Christianity & Inter-Cultural Studies) 12
Society and Culture 3
UNIV 101 1
Required Intern 3
Electives 8
Total 134

Specific Requirements

The following Biology and Biotechnology courses are required:

Principles of Biology (BIOL 113,114) or General Biology (BIOL 103, 104 and 105)
Cell Biology (BIOL 223)
Plant Physiology and Biotechnology (BIOL 315)
Microbiology (BIOL 333 or 334)
Immunology (BIOL 336)
Vertebrate Physiology (BIOL 345)
Genetics (BIOL 371, 372)
Biochemistry (BIOL 384, 386)
Advanced Cell Biology Laboratory (BIOL 423)

Biotechnology Practicum I (BIOT 100)
Biotechnology Practicum II (BIOT 200)
Introduction to Biotechnology (BIOT 290)
Biotechnology and Christian Theology (BIOT 390)
Research Thesis (BIOT 409, 410)
Genomics, Proteomics, & Bioinformatics (BIOT 470)
Advanced Biotechnology (BIOT 490)