Life Sciences (HBSc)

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Life Science will intrigue those who are interested in the natural world, the organisms and mechanisms that shape it, and the discovery process that unravels its complexities. Life science is made up of dynamic fields ranging from molecular biology, genetics, and biotechnology, to comparative physiology, neurology, and health science, to palaeontology, ecology, evolution, and extending to biomedical communications. The various programs will enable students to explore fascinating questions in the lab, in the field, with theoretical and computational models, in seminars with leading scientists, and through various research placements and internships.

UTM's small campus setting allows students to learn in small class sizes (fewer than 35 students in some cases) and get to know their professors. Most professors have active research programs, and our already stellar departments have added new professors who conduct research and teach classes in rapidly developing areas like behavioural genetics and landscape ecology. 

"Over the last two years, the tight-knit UTM community has served as a catalyst for my mental and academic growth. The flexibility to try new things, coupled with a support network, provided me with the optimal environment to cultivate my own authenticity."
- Ashley Mutasa, Lester B. Pearson scholar, Specialist in Neuroscience, Minor in Statistics and Biology

Programs & Requirements

OUAC Program Code: TML
Approximate Grade Range: Low to mid 80s (based on six Grade 12 "U" or "M" courses, including English (ENG4U) or equivalent)
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Program & Prerequisites Program Options

Anthropology

(rec. Bio)

YesSpecialist
YesMajor
NoMinor

Biology

F, Bio, Ch (rec. C)

YesSpecialist
YesMajor
YesMinor

Biology for Health Sciences

F, Bio, Ch (rec. C)

NoSpecialist
YesMajor
NoMinor

Biomedical Communications

Bio

NoSpecialist
NoMajor
YesMinor

Biotechnology

F, Bio, Ch (rec. C)

YesSpecialist
NoMajor
NoMinor

Comparative Physiology

F, Bio, Ch (rec. C, Ph)

YesSpecialist
NoMajor
NoMinor

Ecology & Evolution

F, Bio, Ch (rec. C, Ph)

Yes Specialist
NoMajor
NoMinor

Molecular Biology

F, Bio, Ch; (rec. C, Ph)

YesSpecialist
NoMajor
NoMinor

Paleontology

F, Bio, Ch (rec. C)

NoSpecialist
YesMajor
NoMinor


Exciting Opportunities

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Field Courses

Field courses are university credit courses that take place away from the university campus, usually at a research station in a rural or wilderness location. Most field courses have a very small class size.

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Research Opportunity Program

The Research Opportunity Program (ROP) gives students in Biology real lab experience under the supervision of Biology Faculty while earning academic credit. Research Opportunities are available in all academic terms.

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Professional Development

BioPath is a two-year professional development program. A core part of this program is the development of an e-portfolio that will showcase student learning, academic work, and career development.


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Animal Behaviour (BIO318Y5)

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This course addresses the role of plants in human health and medicine, including the action of plant pharmaceuticals, the function of essential vitamins and their deficiencies, and more.

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This course examines the technical, anatomical, and sociological considerations involved in 3D digital forensic facial reconstruction. Human facial anatomy, reconstruction techniques, and 3D animation software are the core areas of study.

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Magic and Science (ANT363H5)

What's the difference between magic and science? Is there one? This course explores anthropological approaches to magic and science and related topics, raising basic questions about the nature of knowledge: what can we know about the world, and how can we know it?


Discover Your Potential

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Habon Ali, UTM Valedictorian, HBSc, Biology and Environmental Science, Class of 2020

Bet on yourself. Embrace failure. Lean on your friends and family. Those are a few of the lessons that Habon Ali shared with her fellow classmates as the valedictorian for UTM’s Class of 2020.

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Fiona Rawle, Associate Professor, Biology

A medicinal chemistry researcher at the University of Toronto Mississauga, whose novel methods may significantly improve how we treat the deadliest types of cancer, has made 2017's list of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.

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No Fish Tale: New study reveals what fish are up to under the ice

Ever wondered how fish spend the winter? Using new technology, researchers from U of T Mississauga have taken a peek beneath the winter ice to reveal surprising new information about aquatic environments in winter. 

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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.

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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!

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On this edition of the View to the U 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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Chart Legend: Bio = Biology
C = Calculus & Vectors
Ch = Chemistry
F = Advanced Functions
Fr = French
Ita = Italian
M = Mathematics of Data Management
Math = One of the Grade 12 U Maths
Ph = Physics
/ = or
, = and
rec. = recommended
approx. = approximate

Sp = Specialist program
Ma = Major program
Mi = Minor program