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Biotechnology (Honours), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Burnaby, Canada
The British Columbia Institute of Technology Biotechnology (Honours) program gives students the best of two educational leaders: the University of British Columbia's (UBC's) theoretical and research expertise and BCIT's hands-on laboratory training and high calibre, foundational courses.
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For more than 15 years, this joint program has prepared students with current scientific and technical expertise and the business and communication skills to start their biotechnology careers as soon as they graduate.

The Biotechnology (Honours) program at British Columbia Institute of Technology is intended to produce students with strong scientific and technical backgrounds who are also well schooled in business and communications.

The program addresses the documented need for people who can combine technical experience and training with expertise in other areas such as management, production, regulations and intellectual property. It provides a core set of skills required for all levels of employment in a typical biotechnology company. BCIT and UBC's joint program recognizes the need for cross-discipline training and fosters collaborative interactions that will strengthen undergraduate education.

Career opportunities

On their career path, our grads can choose from a variety of areas, including:

  • Life sciences research
  • Biotechnology industry
  • Pharmaceutical development
  • Health care support services
  • Regulation and quality assurance
  • Intellectual property law
  • Natural resources and agriculture
  • Business development and operations

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    164 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Biotechnology
  • Introduction to Health Product Regulation
  • Principles of Animal Physiology
  • Organic Chemistry 1 for Biotechnology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Entrance requirements must have
  • Honours candidates are required to follow the course of study as set out in the Calendar, to pass all courses completed, and to maintain a minimum overall 68% average in each academic session (higher in some disciplines) been completed within the past three years
  • 30.0 credits of first-year UBC courses or equivalent with a minimum 2.65 GPA

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Burnaby

  • 1600 - 2700 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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