Life Sciences (HBSc)

Patrick Gunning


SproutLife 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. 

OUAC Program Code: TML

Programs & Requirements*

Program Name Prerequisites Program Type Approx. Grade Range
Sp. Ma. Mi.
Anthropology (rec. Bio) Check Check   low to mid 80s
Biology F, Bio, Ch (rec. C) Check Check Check
Biology for Health Sciences F, Bio, Ch (rec. C)   Check  
Biomedical Communications Bio     Check
Biotechnology F, Bio, Ch (rec. C) Check    
Comparative Physiology F, Bio, Ch (rec. C, Ph) Check    
Ecology & Evolution F, Bio, Ch (rec. C, Ph) Check    
Molecular Biology F, Bio, Ch (rec. C, Ph) Check    
Paleontology F, Bio, Ch (rec. C)   Check  

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Why Study Life Sciences at UTM?

  • Successful upper-year students mentor new students by helping them understand how to gain the most from their lectures and study periods.
  • Students in second and third years can earn credit doing research with professors on campus through the Research Opportunity Program (BIO299Y5 and BIO399Y5). Students have an opportunity to learn research methods and share in the excitement of acquiring new knowledge.
  • UTM fourth-year thesis (BIO481Y5) students conduct a research project under the supervision of a faculty member in the Department of Biology.
  • Lab courses are offered in a number of different areas to familiarize students with techniques and experimental design. For example, in the Lab for Molecular Biology and Genetics, students learn such techniques as DNA restriction analysis and DNA finger-printing. In the same lab course, students learn about genetics first-hand through research involving fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster).
  • Field courses allow students to apply what they learn in class to data collection and research outside the classroom. Some field courses take place locally in Ontario while others may occur in another country or province.  
  • Senior students may participate in internships for academic credit (BIO400Y5). Depending on the students’ interests, projects and settings range from the lab to office work in industry, government or hospitals. Students interested in health care benefit from the many affiliations U of T holds with the hospitals in the Greater Toronto Area.

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.

  • Anthropology (HBSc) - major
  • Biology (HBSc) - major
  • Biology for Health Sciences (HBSc) - major
  • Biotechnology (HBSc) - specialist
  • Comparative Physiology (HBSc) - specialist
  • Ecology & Evolution (HBSc) - specialist
  • Molecular Biology (HBSc) - specialist
  • Paleontology (HBSc) - major

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Careers by Major

The skills you develop combined with your experiences while at UTM can help you succeed in a number of occupations. Your program of study doesn't determine your career. Created by UTM's 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.

* The chart above is based on requirements in the Ontario curriculum. We will accept equivalent courses from other academic systems. For details, visit the Apply section of our site. Admission and approximate grade requirements are based on 6 Grade 12 "U" or "M", which includes English (ENG4U).

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

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