Biotechnology at Trinity Western University is an applied Biology degree program that equips students with the knowledge, experience, ethical expertise, and contacts necessary to forge their way into this exciting and innovative field. Students may go on to work for a laboratory that manufactures anticancer drugs, a vaccine against bird flu, or a groundbreaking nanotech device to treat macular degeneration – a leading cause of blindness; or maybe their research will lead to a break-through discovery of a pest-resistant crop to help alleviate hunger in the developing world.
Biotechnology students have the opportunity to not only study science in the classroom but also work with life science experts in our community through practicums and co-ops. What’s more, students can access our new biology and analytical chemistry research laboratories, our confocal microscopy suite and our on-campus Ecosystem Study Area. Together these combined opportunities give students marketable skills and an employment advantage.
Graduates of the biotechnology programs will possess:
- a strong foundation in science and its application
- advanced training in bioinformatics and emerging areas of biotechnology
- experience in the life science industry through practicums and co-ops
- an ability to address ethical issues in their field with knowledge of thoughtful theological perspectives.
This unique Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree is comprised of:
- a basic life sciences core, offered primarily by the Departments of Biology and Chemistry
- biotechnology courses that provide an understanding of the component technologies together with their applications
- business courses (for the interdisciplinary degree only) offered by the School of Business
- practicum and paid co-op placements within North America provide hands-on, supervised work experiences.
Standard entry requirements for medical school and other professional schools are met while Biotechnology courses provide an understanding of key applications in healthcare, veterinary medicine, agriculture, forestry, food processing, and the environment.
The TWU program approaches ethical concerns from both a scientific and theological perspective enabling students to contribute reasoned, ethical interpretations to the discourse of the biotechnology marketplace.