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To be admitted into this program, applicants must submit their application to the Faculty of Science.

Biotechnology

Learn how living organisms grow and develop, and how we can use this knowledge to create manufacturing processes, chemical products and life-saving drugs. Did you know that proteins, yogurt and biodiesel are all biotechnology products? So are insulin and the chickenpox vaccine, both of which have saved or improved the lives of millions.

The Biotechnology program covers the fields of biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering science and engineering design. Students in this program receive two degrees upon graduation: a BSc in Biochemistry and a BASc in Chemical Engineering.

Studies made for you

Options with this program
Languages
  • This program is offered in English and in French.
    • All courses are offered in English.
    • French courses are available in first, second and third year.
Course examples
  • Protein Structure Function
  • Molecular Biology
  • Topics in Biotechnology
  • General Microbiology

Consult and compare the course list of programs and options.

 

  • Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Human Genome Structure and Function
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Plant Design Project
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Emma Boase / Biotechnology (2019) with COOP

"Unsure of whether I preferred science over engineering, I decided to try the biotechnology program. I quickly learned that this was the program for me. It combines pure scientific theory with a strong practical aspect."

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Quinn Ingram / Fifth year, Biotechnology

"This program prepares students for jobs in growing industries such as biofuels, genetic engineering and new food processing techniques, giving them a deep understanding of scientific principles along with the skills of problem solving and ingenuity in engineering."

Enhance your studies

CO-OP (optional)

Experience your future career and help fund your studies with the CO-OP program. With the Co-operative Education (CO-OP) Program, you can gain hands-on experience in your field of study while you complete your degree.

Examples of tasks at work
  • Design and implementation of design and monitoring software
  • Designing simple equipment
  • Energy and heat exchange problems
  • Fluid flow
  • General laboratory work
  • Heat and energy exchange reports
  • Pilot-project laboratory operations
  • Research projects
CO-OP salary and placement rate

Salary (hourly rate)

  • $16.37 - $18.07 

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Work term placement rates

  • 87.7% 
Some of our employers include
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
  • CHU Sainte-Justine
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Health Canada
  • Ingredion Canada Corporation
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Kellogg Canada Inc.
  • Lallemand Inc.
  • National Research Council Canada
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Red Maple Trials Inc.
  • Spartan Bioscience Inc.
  • University of Ottawa
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Things to know

Admission requirements

Ontario

General requirements

A minimum combined average of 70% is required for all prerequisite courses in science and mathematics.

Prerequisite courses

Discipline Prerequisites and other requirements Admission average
Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
  • English 4U or Français 4U
  • Advanced Functions 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U
  • Biology 4U
  • Chemistry 4U
  • Physics 4U
High 80s
Biotechnology (Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering)
  • English 4U or Français 4U
  • Advanced Functions 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U
  • Two of the following:
    • Biology 4U
    • Chemistry 4U
    • Physics 4U
    • Earth and Space Science 4U
Mid 80s
Chemical Engineering
  • English 4U or Français 4U
  • Advanced Functions 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U
  • Chemistry 4U
  • Physics 4U
Mid 80s
Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Computer Science
  • English 4U or Français 4U
  • Advanced Functions 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U
Low to Mid 90s
Computer Science and Mathematics
Data Science
Computer Engineering
  • English 4U or Français 4U
  • Advanced Functions 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U
  • Chemistry 4U
  • Physics 4U
Low 80s
Electrical Engineering
Physics and Electrical Engineering
Software Engineering
  • English 4U or Français 4U
  • Advanced Functions 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U
  • One of the following:
    • Biology 4U
    • Chemistry 4U
    • Computing 4U
    • Physics 4U
High 80s
Secondary V

General requirements

A minimum combined average of 84% is required for all prerequisite courses in science and mathematics.

Students may be required to take up to two mathematics make-up courses at the University either the summer before or during their first year.

Prerequisite courses

Discipline Prerequisites and other requirements Admission average
Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
  • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
  • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
  • Chemistry (Sec. V)
  • Physics (Sec. V)
  • Science and Technology (with or without option) (Sec. IV)
84%
Biotechnology (Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering)
Physics and Electrical Engineering
Computer Science
  • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
  • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
84%
Computer Science and Mathematics
Data Science
Chemical Engineering
  • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
  • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
  • Chemistry (Sec. V)
  • Physics (Sec. V)
84%
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Software Engineering
  • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
  • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
  • One of the following:
    • Science and Technology (with or without option) (Sec. IV)
    • Chemistry (Sec. V)
    • Physics (Sec. V)
84%

These are minimum requirements only. They are subject to change. Admission is not guaranteed.

See the full undergraduate admission requirements for more information.

CEGEP

General requirements

A minimum combined average of 70% is required for all prerequisite courses in science and mathematics, except in Software Engineering, where a minimum of 70% is required for each prerequisite course in science and mathematics.

Students who are missing the mathematics prerequisite are required to take up to two replacement courses at the University the summer before or during their first year.

Prerequisite courses

Discipline Prerequisites and other requirements Admission average
Computer Science
  • English (603) or Français (601)
  • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
Mid 70s
Computer Science and Mathematics
Data Science
Computer Engineering
  • English (603) or Français (601)
  • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry
  • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
  • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
Low 70s
Electrical Engineering
Physics and Electrical Engineering
Biotechnology (Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering)
  • English (603) or Français (601)
  • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
  • Two of the following:
    • Biology (101) General Biology I
    • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry of Organic Chemistry
    • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
    • Mathematics (201) Algebra I
Mid 70s
Chemical Engineering
  • English (603) or Français (601)
  • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry
  • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
  • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
Mid 70s
Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Software Engineering
  • English (603) or Français (601)
  • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
  • One of the following:
    • Biology (101) General Biology I
    • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry of Organic Chemistry
    • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
Low 80s
Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
  • English (603) or Français (601)
  • Biology (101) General Biology
  • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry
  • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
  • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
Low 80s

These are minimum requirements only. They are subject to change. Admission is not guaranteed.

See the full undergraduate admission requirementsfor more information.

Not studying in an Ontario or Quebec high school? Find your admission requirements.

Admission averages vary between English and French programs. See the French page for the French program requirements.

Opportunities with this degree

Career opportunities
  • Process engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Biochemist
  • Biotechnology engineer
  • Cell biologist
  • Patent-law specialist
Salary and placement rate

Salary estimates (entry level)

  • $54,070 - $72,987

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Job placement rates

  • Employment rate 2 years after graduation: 89.6%

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Graduate studies

This Engineering field offers many possibilities to students.

If you have any more questions about this field, we invite you to get in touch with the Undergraduate Studies Office or the Career Development Centre.

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