Why Biotechnology?

Biotechnology fast-tracks you for careers in life science while meeting the standard entry requirements for medical school and other professional schools.

Why Biotechnology?

Biotechnology fast-tracks you for careers in life science while meeting the standard entry requirements for medical school and other professional schools.

Biotechnology—creating technology or products from cellular and biomolecular processes, often DNA technology—is one of the fastest growing and innovative scientific sectors.

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.

OUR BIOTECHNOLOGY PROGRAM OFFERS:

  • A major in Biotechnology leading to a BSc (Honours) degree
  • A major in Biotechnology leading to a BSc degree
  • A Multidisciplinary BSc degree in Biotechnology and Chemistry
  • A concentration in Biotechnology and minor in Business Administration leading to an Interdisciplinary BSc degree

CO-OP AND PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE

The Biotechnology program incorporates two practicums and two co-ops. Co-op placements are usually offered in the summer months, but may also be available during Fall or Spring semesters and consist of 12-16 weeks of full-time employment. Practicums take place during the semester, giving students hands-on experience while earning credit hours.


ALUMNI PERSPECTIVE:

“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


SAMPLE COURSES

BIOT 290 • Introduction to Biotechnology

This course reviews the role of modern biotechnology in plant, animal, and marine biology, microbiology, agriculture, the pharmaceutical industry, and medicine. This course focuses on underlying technologies in biotechnology and how these techniques are implemented, together with public concerns and government guidelines and legislation. Topics that are discussed include new innovative technologies that make science headlines.

BIOT 470 • Introduction to Bioinformatics

An overview of the interdisciplinary science of genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics which applies the tools of information technology (computer hardware and software) to analyze biological data such as gene or protein sequences. This course examines the theory of bioinformatics as well as its practical application to biological problems using approaches such as BLAST searches, phylogenetics, and protein structure function analysis.


AFTER GRADUATION

Our Biotechnology grads are employable in diverse areas such as health care, veterinary medicine, agriculture and “green” science. Practicums and co-ops equip students with skills and knowledge that make them job ready. Our program is also excellent preparation for students seeking graduate studies in science and includes pre-health sciences that prepare students for admission  to various professional schools (i.e., medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and physical therapy).

Degrees

Bachelor of Science (BSc) - Honours
Bachelor of Science (BSc)

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Financial Aid

Investing in your future may require some help along the way. We offer merit and need-based awards to help offset the cost of tuition. Planning early is key and we are here to help get you started.

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Admission Requirements

The admissions process at TWU is designed to be simple and convenient. Once we receive your application and transcripts, you will be contacted by your admissions counsellor within two weeks on your admittance.

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Laboratory Facilities

Trinity Western University boasts state of the art laboratories and facilities that provide students with "hands-on" experience on a range of modern instrumental techniques.

Careers in Biotechnology
Female student feeding cows

Biotechnology students can pursue career opportunities in:

  • Health care (i.e,Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary practice)
  • “Omics” disciplines (i.e., genomics, proteomics, metabolomics)
  • Agriculture
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Food processing
  • Marine science
  • Forestry
  • Nanotechnology
  • Computerized mapping and remote sensing
  • Natural science and medical research

Faculty Profiles

Julia Mills, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology and Director of Biotechnology