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Biological Science

Degree Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Science and Management (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Science
Location UOIT, North Oshawa
Start dates September
Length Four or five years
Program load Full-time
OUAC code DSB
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Biological science is the study of life at its most fundamental level. The foundational areas of cell biology, genetics and molecular biology, physiology, biochemistry and developmental biology are mastered in this program.

General information

You can pursue the Honours Biological Science program or choose to specialize in one of the following areas:

Environmental Toxicology

Environmental toxicology is an interdisciplinary applied field involving health, agriculture, urban development and industry. It combines a strong base in biology and chemistry, with a focus on physiology, biochemistry, environmental science and environmental chemistry.

Life Sciences

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 happened when the brain degenerates and becomes damaged or disorganized.

Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Biotechnology is a rapidly growing area with many applicants in health, agriculture and industry. This specialization combines a primary emphasis on biology and chemistry with molecular and cell biology, pharmacology, biochemistry and physiology. Students in this specialization also benefit from enhanced laboratory experience.

Science and Management

If you are interested in managerial and leadership roles, consider applying for the five-year Bachelor of Science and Management (Honours) program in your upper years of study. Graduates gain a solid foundation in the key functional areas of business and management, including finance, accounting, operations, project management and marketing.

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


Additional information

Faculty of Science website

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 prerequisite math and science courses is required. It is recommended that all four of MCV4U, SBI4U, SCH4U and SPH4U be taken.

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 Low 70s

How to apply

The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our admissions website:
Ontario secondary school applicants
Ontario secondary school graduates
Canadian out-of-province high school applicants
international applicants
mature applicants (over 21 and never attended post-secondary)
transfer applicants
General Arts and Science (GAS) applicants 
home-schooled applicants

Program curriculum

Sample courses: 

  • Cell Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Principles of Pharmacology and Toxicology

A full program map is available in the Undergraduate Academic CalendarCourses are subject to change without notice.


Related programs

Experiential learning

A five-year Co-operative Education option is available in all of our Science programs (except for Forensic Science, which already has an embedded experiential component), all of which satisfy the guidelines of the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education. These programs combine an Honours Bachelor of Science program with embedded work terms. The co-op option gives you opportunities to apply your classroom and lab concepts to real-world situations and help you gain valuable, relevant work experience to promote networking and lifelong career success.

Co-op work terms give you the opportunity to earn a competitive salary that will help pay for your university degree and the work experience to help clarify your career objectives. More importantly, a co-op degree gives you a distinct advantage that will assist your prospects for full-time employment after graduation or for being readily accepted into graduate school to pursue further studies. Studies have shown that university students who graduate with a co-op degree have lower debt loads, are employed faster and have higher starting salaries.

We are committed to providing you with outstanding opportunities to work with today’s highest-quality employers in business and industry. Our university has developed strong partnerships with leading employers in Durham Region and beyond to allow you to connect with experts in the field and gain hands-on, real-world experience.

Career opportunities

Pursue career and advanced education opportunities in a variety of areas including:

  • Environmental sector
  • Food industry
  • Biotechnology sector
  • Government or private research laboratory
  • Pharmaceutical sector
  • Pharmacy (after further study)
  • Medicine (after further study)
  • Secondary school teaching (through Concurrent Education)

An Honours undergraduate degree in Biological Science will also allow you to pursue graduate studies, including the university’s Master of Science program in Applied Biosciences. 

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