Degree: Honours Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biotechnology/Economics
Systems of study available: co-op
The study of the production, consumption, and transfer of products in terms of biotechnology and science.
Make an impact in areas such as commercialized biotechnology, medical diagnostics, or pollution monitoring by applying your science knowledge with skills in economics. Understand the theories and principles surrounding the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Industry requires talented economists that can forecast the direction of scientific developments in manufacturing, technology, and new research. Combine that with biotechnology expertise and apply biological processes to technological advances and you’ll be a leader in generating innovative solutions to human issues. In this exciting industry, being a leader means understanding the foundational science behind biotechnology, and going a step furhter and applying that expertise in key business situations.
Science and Business Workshops
These are a set of courses that specifically highlight how analytical thinking and scientific rigor intersect in business. Focused on technology innovation, strategic development, management and marketing of scientific and technical advances, and the internal workings of scientific organizations, these courses are taught by uniquely qualified and seasoned individuals grounded in the often contrary worlds of academic, industrial, entrepreneurship and public policy. They seed and nurture the development of the special skills that set Science and Business students apart.
First-year courses develop your skills and knowledge in both science and economics.
|Fall Term (1A)||Winter Term (1B)|
BIOL 130 Introductory Cell Biology
BIOL 240/240L Fundamentals of Microbiology
BIOL 239 Genetics
BIOL 241 Introduction to Applied Microbiology
CHEM 123/123L Chemical Reactions, Equilibria and Kinetics
View the full list of upper year courses in the Academic Calendar.
Beyond the classroom
We believe in your personal development. In addition to motivating you to attain high academic standards, emphasis is placed on developing your personal and career skills. Learn to become confident in your life decisions. Be challenged, mentored, and motivated to develop specific plans and goals related to your personal and career development. Identify the entrepreneur, manager, leader, and scientist within you. Become well-rounded and prepared for the challenges of academic, job market, and national and global environments.
Co-operative education (co-op) only
Co-op students at work
- Associate, TD Securities
- Business Analyst, Sentinelle Medical, Inc.
- Quality Assurance Manager, Peak Performance Products
- Product Disease Specialist, Merck Frosst Canada, Inc.
- Work Force Analyst, CIBC
What our grads are doing now
- Biotechnologist, H.J. Heinz Co. of Canada Ltd.
- Senior Project Manager, Zenon Environmental Inc.
- Genetic Researcher, Hospital for Sick Children
- Microbiologist, Novocol Pharmaceutical of Canada Inc.
- Manager, Special Projects, Viventia Biotech Inc.
See more in the science careers list.
Admission information for future students
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Meet Our Ambassadors
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