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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 which provides first-hand experience in independent research and laboratory techniques.

Typical First-Year Courses

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

12U Requirements

  • English
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Advanced Functions
  • Physics (recommended)

Career Options

  • Government Positions – Research and Development, Regulation
  • Industry – Research and Development, Clinical Research, Quality Control, Regulatory Affairs
  • Marketing and Sales, Direction and Development
  • Biostatistician/Biostatisticial 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.