Academic Calendar 2024-2025

Biotechnology – Specialization (Science) – Bachelor of Science (Honours)


Subject: Administered by the Department of Biology.
Plan: Consists of 90.00 units as described below.
Program: The Plan, with sufficient electives to total 120.00 units, will lead to a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree.

Note: Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2023-2024 Calendar for the previous requirements.

1. Core
A. Complete the following:
BIOL 102Fundamentals of Biology: Molecular and Cell Biology3.00
BIOL 103Fundamentals of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems3.00
B. Complete the following:
BIOL 205Mendelian and Molecular Genetics3.00
BIOL 206Evolutionary Genetics3.00
C. Complete the following:
BIOL 212Scientific Methods in Biology3.00
D. Complete 6.00 units from the following:6.00
Comparative Biochemistry
Animal Physiology
Plant Physiology
E. Complete the following:
BCHM 218Molecular Biology3.00
BIOL 330Cell Biology3.00
F. Complete 6.00 units from the following:6.00
Experimental Approaches to Animal Physiology
Experiments in Plant Physiology
Experimental Techniques in Biology
Techniques in Molecular Biology
G. Complete 3.00 units from the following:3.00
Current Topics in Biochemistry
Biotechnology and Society
Molecular Genetics of Development
Molecular Genetics
Plant Biotechnology
H. Complete the following:
CHEM 112General Chemistry6.00
I. Complete 6.00 units from the following:6.00
Differential and Integral Calculus
Differential and Integral Calculus
Differential and Integral Calculus I
and Differential and Integral Calculus II
J. Complete the following:3.00
Introduction to Statistics
Statistics and Probability II
2. Option
A. Complete 6.00 units from the following:6.00
Comparative Biochemistry
CHEM at the 200-level or above
B. Complete 12.00 units from the following course list:12.00
C. Complete 3.00 units from one of the following options:3.00
i. Biology Option:
a. Complete 3.00 units from the following:
Diversity of Life
ii. Biomedical and Molecular Science Option:
a. Complete 3.00 units from the following:
Biochemical Basis of Health and Disease
Fundamental Microbiology
Infection, Immunity and Inflammation
Principles of Mammalian Physiology l
Principles of Mammalian Physiology ll
D. Complete 18.00 units from one of the following options:18.00
i. Course Option:
a. Complete 18.00 units from the following course lists:
ii. Research Option:
a. Complete the following:
Research in Biology
b. Complete 6.00 units from the following course lists:
Elective Courses30.00
Total Units120.00

3. Substitutions

A. MATH 126 may be substituted for MATH 121 or MATH 120 with prior approval from the Chair of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Biology.

4. Notes

A. Each of BIOL 334, BIOL 339, BIOL 341, BIOL 401, BIOL 402, BIOL 403, BIOL 404, BIOL 441, and BCHM 441 can be used as either a Core Course or an Option Course, but not both.

B. BIOL 538, BIOL 539, and BIOL 540 can be used towards elective requirements, but cannot be used towards Option Course requirements.

C. CHEE courses at the 300-level and above require a course in differential equations such as BIOM 300/3.0*, MATH 300, or MATH 225 and permission of the Department.

D. This Plan is no longer combined with the Biotechnology Diploma Program offered by St. Lawrence College.  Students previously admitted to this combined degree/diploma should consult the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar for plan requirements.

E. A maximum of 6.00 units from courses offered by other Faculties and Schools may be counted toward the program and/or Plan requirements. This includes courses in BMED, COMM, GLPH, HSCI, LAW, NURS, and courses offered by Smith Engineering.

Biotechnology Course Lists

The following lists contain courses offered through other Departments. In accordance with Academic Regulation 2.6 (Access to Classes), students do not have enrolment priority in all of these courses. Access to these courses may only be made available during the September Open Enrolment Period, and then only if space permits.


Biotechnology Biology Courses
BIOL 315Plants and Human Culture3.00
BIOL 331Analytical Genomics3.00
BIOL 333Applied Biology3.00
BIOL 334Comparative Biochemistry3.00
BIOL 339Animal Physiology3.00
BIOL 341Plant Physiology3.00
BIOL 343Data Analysis for Biologists3.00
BIOL 360Biotechnology and Society3.00
BIOL 401Experimental Approaches to Animal Physiology3.00
BIOL 402Experiments in Plant Physiology3.00
BIOL 403Experimental Techniques in Biology3.00
BIOL 404Techniques in Molecular Biology3.00
BIOL 409Bioremediation3.00
BIOL 430Molecular Genetics of Development3.00
BIOL 431Cellular Basis of Adaptation3.00
BIOL 432Computation and Big Data in Biology3.00
BIOL 441Molecular Genetics3.00
BIOL 501Recent Research in Molecular3.00
BIOL 502Plant Cell Responses to Environmental Stress3.00
BIOL 503Plant Biotechnology3.00
BIOL 504Extremophiles3.00
BIOL 505Cell Signaling in Development and Disease3.00
BIOL 506Biochemical Adaptations to Life Under Extreme Conditions3.00
BIOL 507Biotechnology3.00
BIOL 508Biology of the Cell Cycle3.00


Biotechnology Option Courses
APSC 400Technology, Engineering & Management (TEAM) 17.00
BCHM 315Proteins and Enzymes3.00
BCHM 316Metabolism3.00
BCHM 317Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory6.00
BCHM 370Genetics and Genomics3.00
BCHM 410Protein Structure and Function3.00
BCHM 411Advanced Molecular Biology3.00
BCHM 432The Molecular Basis of Cellular Function3.00
CHEE 229Cell Based Engineering Principles 14.00
CHEE 342Environmental Biotechnology 13.50
CHEE 380Biochemical Engineering 13.50
CHEE 400Technology, Engineering & Management (TEAM) 17.00
CHEE 440Pharmaceutical Technology 13.50
CHEE 484Bioremediation 13.50
DDHT 459Principles of Drug Discovery3.00
DDHT 460Principles of Drug Development3.00
MICR 221Fundamental Microbiology3.00
MICR 270Infection, Immunity and Inflammation3.00
MICR 271Introduction to Microbiology3.00
MICR 320Microbes in Health and Disease3.00
MICR 360Immunology3.00
MICR 386Fundamentals of Immunology in Health and Disease3.00
MICR 435Advanced Procaryotic Structure and Function3.00
MICR 451Viral Pathogenesis3.00
MICR 461Advanced Immunology3.00
PHAR 340Principles of General Pharmacology I3.00
PHAR 370Fundamentals of Pharmacology and Therapeutics3.00
PHAR 416Xenobiotic Disposition and Toxicity3.00
PHAR 450Principles of General Pharmacology II3.00
PHAR 480Drug Discovery and Development3.00

Note that the unit weighting system in Smith Engineering differs from that in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Therefore, upon acceptance of any course from Smith Engineering, the unit weighting towards Arts and Science degree requirements shall be at the discretion of the Associate Dean (Academic). Usually, a one-term course shall count as 3.00 units and a two-term course as 6.00 units.