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Life Sciences


Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Science and Management (Honours)


Faculty of Science


UOIT, North Oshawa

Start dates:



Four or five years

Program load:


OUAC code:


General information:

Life Sciences is a specialization within UOIT's Biological Science and Biological Science and Management programs. Individuals interested in studying this specialization will apply directly to Life Sciences through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre using application code DSU. 

This specialization consists of an integrated and focused concentration on biology and chemistry, with additional courses in Neuroscience and Human Anatomy. You will gain a detailed understanding of the structure and functioning of the human body, how the brain and nervous systems work, and what happens when the brain degenerates and becomes damaged or disorganized.

By means of its broad science foundation and its human biology focus, this program provides an excellent basis for writing the Medical College Admission Test examinations and for satisfying course requirements for applying to medical school.

Students who elect to study UOIT's Bachelor of Science and Management (Honours) in Biological Science take an additional year of study to develop business skills. The management program consists of the curriculum from the Biological Science, Life Sciences program and 10 courses in business and management. Graduates will benefit from a complete biological science education complemented by solid accounting, finance, operations, human resources and marketing skills.

Additional information:

Admission requirements:

Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M credits including English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), and two of Biology (SBI4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), Chemistry (SCH4U) or Physics (SPH4U). In addition, a combined minimum 70 per cent average in math and science courses is required. It is recommended that all four MCV4U, SBI4U, SCH4U and SPH4U be taken. Applicants with credentials from outside Ontario should visit UOIT's Admissions section. 

Note: Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.

Last year's cut-off:

70 per cent

Expected cut-off:

Mid 70s

Program Curriculum:

Sample courses: 
  • Biology 
  • Calculus 
  • Chemistry 
  • Introduction to Computer Science with Python 
  • Linear Algebra 
  • Physics for Biosciences 
A full program map is available in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar. Courses are subject to change without notice.

Related programs:

Experiential learning:

The Faculty of Science offers an optional co-operative education program to students in Biological Science. 

As defined by the Canadian Association For Co-operative Education, co-operative education is a sequential pattern of academic terms and co-op work terms in which academic studies are integrated with paid, career-related work experience with relevant companies and agencies. Co-operative education provides many benefits to students, including the opportunity to:

  • Develop valuable networking that will enhance opportunities for full-time employment upon graduation.
  • Earn competitive salaries that partially offset the cost of their education.
  • Gain valuable practical experience.
  • Help clarify career objectives.

Studies have shown that students in the same academic program who graduate from a co-operative education stream have lower debt loads and are employed faster and with higher starting salaries than those who graduate from the regular stream. 

In the fall of Year 2, interested students apply to the Faculty of Science and are accepted based on their Year 1 grade point average, their academic status, and the absence of a record of misconduct. While the Faculty of Science cannot guarantee a co-op placement, all students in co-operative education are provided with assistance, advice and counselling.

Career opportunities:

Graduates in these areas are in high demand. The Life Sciences specialization prepares students for careers dealing with medicine, research labs and industry.

There is a wealth of opportunity for graduates in the sciences in industry, government and in fields of applied science. The combination of a science degree and business and management education will give an added advantage to graduates of these programs to establish careers in practical areas.

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