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Includes: Cell Biology, Genetics, Ethics, Business, Professional School Preparation

Biotechnology is the application of science and engineering in the innovative use of living organisms to create new products that improve the quality of our food, our health, and our environment. Applications of this science include the diagnosis and treatment of disease, genetically modifying agricultural crops, and production of vitamins, pharmaceuticals, and other economically important products. York’s Biotechnology program prepares you for a career in this exciting, steadily growing field. This program teaches not only the underlying science but also exposes you to relevant social, legal, ethical, and business issues.

In this four-year honours program, you will study molecular and cell biology, genetics, chemistry, and biochemistry as well as economics, ethics, management, accounting, and finance. Fourth-year students complete an intensive thesis course that provides first-hand experience in independent research and laboratory techniques.

12U Requirements

  • English (ENG4U)
  • Biology (SBI4U)
  • Chemistry (SCH4U)
  • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
  • Physics (SPH4U) (recommended)


  • Highest level Biology
  • Highest level Chemistry
  • Highest level Mathematics

Requirements will vary depending on your curriculum, to see a full list of course equivalents, please visit:

Typical First-Year Courses

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Computer Use
  • Calculus
  • Micro Economics
  • Macro Economics

How to Apply

  1. Complete an Online Application Form.
  2. Pay the application fee.
  3. Submit supporting documents through the York University online portal, MyFile.
    • Within four business days of application, you will receive a confirmation email with your nine-digit student reference number, which will allow you to access your MyFile account and upload your documents.
    • It is important to check your MyFile regularly for any documents you are required to submit and updates to the status of your application.
    • More information about supporting documents, document processing times and decision processing times is available on the I’ve Applied page.

Important Note: Deadlines for each entry period (Fall, Winter & Summer) can be found on the York University Future Students Website.


A degree from the Faculty of Science opens the door to many different pathways and opportunities. York Science offers an ideal learning environment to achieve your highest potential. Our programs are known for academic excellence, with professors who are committed to your success.

Our Experiential Education Coordinator provides career support services to students looking to engage in experiential learning, including co-op and internship workshops, resume help, interview prep, and much more.

The Career Center at York offers free support and resources to students such as career development workshops, one-on-one appointments, networking events, and job boards.

Career Possibilities

  • Government Positions – Research and Development, Regulation
  • Industry – Research and Development, Clinical Research, Quality Control, Regulatory Affairs
  • Marketing and Sales, Direction and Development
  • Biostatistician/Biostatistical Analyst
  • Clinical Research
  • Forensics
  • Agriculture (GM foods)
  • Graduate Studies/Academic Career
  • Education – elementary, high school, college, university
  • Health Sciences – clinical research, biomedical research, lab management, genetic counsellor, diagnostic
  • Professional schools – Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Law, Business, etc.