About the Program

Biotechnology in modern society is the "application of scientific and technical advances in life science to develop commercial products”. This program combines biological sciences (genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, cell biology) with other science disciplines (chemistry, engineering, information technology, robotics, etc.).


Honours Bachelor of Science

Program Options


After completing your first year, you'll be asked to confirm what program(s) you wish to study – your Programs of Study. They can be integrated in unique ways to obtain your U of T degree, but must be one of the following three combinations: one Specialist; or two Majors; or one Major and two Minors. You don't need to worry about that now, but if you'd like to learn more about this process, watch our handy video (7 min).

Admission Requirements

You apply to an admission category, which is a collection of similar programs. Once you've accepted an offer of admission to our campus, we go into greater detail about specific program and course selection options.

At the end of your first year, you will choose your program(s), which means that your first year is an excellent opportunity to explore the full breadth of offerings.

Regardless of what you study, remember that you will receive a prestigious University of Toronto degree when you graduate that tells everyone that you are ranked among the best in the world!

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Program Course Prerequisites
English, Advanced Functions, Biology, Chemistry; (recommended: Calculus)
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Approximate Competitive Average
Low to Mid 80s

The admission average is calculated with English (ENG4U) plus the next best five Grade 12 U or M courses. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee you admission to the University. Admission is subject to space availability and competition.

The content in this section is based on requirements in the Ontario curriculum.

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Please visit the Admissions section of our site for full requirements.

Discover Your Potential


In recent decades there have been some big advances in developing new cancer medicines, such as Herceptin, the targeted drug to treat women diagnosed with HER2-positive breast cancer. Despite these successes, cancer remains the second leading cause of death after heart disease and nearly 90 per cent of all cancer drugs entering clinical trial testing fail.

Tabletop Game

Pandemic. Famine. Solar storms and time travel. Those aren’t the elements of a new Netflix series, but rather an innovative orientation exercise designed to help incoming students get acquainted at U of T Mississauga.


What role could data play in containing future pandemics? U of T Mississauga biotechnology expert Jayson Parker looks ahead, with predictions about how everyday technology could give us a wider and more realistic picture of global health.

Student Experience

Courses You Would Love


This course takes students from hypothesis testing to the application of testing means, chi-square tests, regression analysis and analysis of variance in Biology.


This course reviews a full range of discoveries from medical biotechnology, which includes drugs, smart phone apps, and medical devices.


Stereochemistry and conformational analysis; mechanisms of important types of organic reaction.

Planning Ahead

Whether you want to land your dream job, conduct groundbreaking research, or start your own business, we can get you there. Here are resources to help you explore your career options.

Career Options

Created by our Career Centre, the Careers by Major database identifies some potential career fields, how to gain related skills and experience, and useful resources and job samples. But always remember, your program of study doesn't have to determine your career!

Program Plans

Program Plans are quick and accessible overviews of the many academic and co-curricular opportunities available to help you get the most out of your UTM experience.

Tip Sheets

The Career Centre offers dozens of tip sheets with helpful information about topics related to searching for work, planning your career, and pursuing further education.

View to the U: An eye on UTM research

View to the U is a podcast that features U of T Mississauga faculty members from a range of disciplines who will illuminate some of the inner-workings of the science labs and enlighten the social sciences and humanities hubs at UTM.

Jodie Jenkinson

On this edition of the podcast, Professor Jodie Jenkinson, takes us on a virtual tour of her work in the Biomedical Communications department, examining her current research program, how she ended up in this area after starting out her career as an animator, what kinds of developments she’s seen over her time at UTM, and what she sees on the horizon for her field.

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