at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Enjoy hands-on laboratory training and high-calibre foundational courses as you learn about scientific manipulation of living organisms. This program equips you with current scientific and technical expertise and the business and communication skills to start your biotechnology career as soon as you graduate.

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Program Information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
  • 5 yrs Length
  • Yes Co-op Option
  • Yes Honours Option

Biotechnology is the scientific manipulation of living organisms, especially at the molecular genetic level. The combination of theoretical and practical studies, focused on microbiology and related disciplines, is designed for students planning to work in the biotechnology sector. Honours Biotechnology is offered in cooperation with the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT). You must complete a 30-credit first-year program at UBC before transferring to BCIT for two years. Then you return to UBC for two years of academic and co-op work terms. Some applications of biotechnology include the genetic engineering of food crops for disease or pest resistance, creating new medicines, and, in the environmental sector, the development of bacteria that consume toxic chemicals and reduce pollution.

Campus features

The Michael Smith Laboratories, named after the late Nobel laureate UBC professor, are located in the heart of campus. The Laboratories bring together first-class scientists to solve biological problems using genetic engineering techniques (such as cloning, site-directed mutagenesis, gene expression) and to encourage biotechnology transfer activity on- and off-campus.

Program Requirements

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