Toronto, OntarioLocation
    UniversitySchool type
    EStd 1959established year

    Bachelor of Science [B.Sc] (Biotechnology)

    3 years
    full time
    honours & on-campus

    Field of Study 

    $ 24,861 

    1st Year

    International Student Tution

    Program Description

    • Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology at York University is offered as a 3-year teaching program.
    • This BSc program in Biotechnology is offered by the Faculty of Science on both a full-time and part-time basis.
    • York’s Biotechnology program prepares students for a career in this exciting, steadily growing field.
    • This BSc program teaches not only the underlying science but also exposes students to relevant social, legal, ethical, and business issues.
    • In this four-year honors Biotechnology program, students will study courses related to
      • Molecular and cell biology
      • Genetics
      • Chemistry 
      • Biochemistry
    • Fourth-year students complete an intensive thesis course that provides the first-hand experience in independent research and laboratory techniques.
    • This Biotechnology program at York University has been designed to provide a well-coordinated synthesis of carefully selected courses in molecular and cell biology, genetics, and biochemistry with others in computer science, economics, business, and ethics.
    • This BSc Biotechnology program combines the required technical and conceptual scientific rigor necessary for mastery of the discipline with a fundamental education relevant to the socio-economic aspects of biotechnology.
    • Students frequently compete in the Sanofi-Pasteur Healthcare and Biotechnology Venture Challenge.
    • This is a unique opportunity at York University for Biotechnology and Schulich MBA(offered by Schulich School of Business) students to create business plans to get products out of the lab and on to the market.
    • Teams comprised of York’s Biotechnology and Schulich MBA students were awarded over $10,000 in prizes.
    • Students after graduating from this BSc program in Biotechnology at York University have many job opportunities as follows:
      • Biomanufacturing scientist,
      • Regulatory affairs officer,
      • Agricultural product researcher, etc., with an average salary of around 40,000 USD per year.

    Program Highlights

    Degree Type OfferedBachelor
    Duration3 years
    Fees$ 83070 for 3 years
    Delivery Typefull time
    Admission Intakesummer (Deadline - Feb 15)
    Admission Intakefall (Deadline - June 15)
    Admission Intakewinter (Deadline - Oct 15)
    Language ProficiencyTOEFL,IELTS
    Program URL

    Eligibility & Entry Requirement

    Academic Eligibility:

    •  Students must complete an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) degree.
    •  Students must have to complete the following course such as:
      • English (ENG4U)
      • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
      • Biology (SBI4U)
      • Chemistry (SCH4U)
      • And two additional 4U or M courses - recommendation(s) below:
        • SPH4U
    • To gain admission to this program, the student’s academic average should be in the low-to-mid 80s.

    Indian Student Eligibility

    Indian students are eligible to apply for this BSc Program in Biotechnology if they have any one of the following certificates:

    • All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSCE)
    • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
    • Indian School Certificate (ISC)
    • Intermediate Examination Certificate
    • Pre-University Examination Certificate

    Along with the minimum eligibility requirements, international students hailing from non-English speaking countries need to prove English proficiency through IELTS/TOEFL/any equivalent test.

    The above requirements are the minimum requirements and do not guarantee admission. The admissions committee will consider all evidence in the file and decide. To know more about the requirem….Read More

    Required Document List

    Following Documents are required to attend this program:

    • Statement of Purpose: An essay or other written statement written by the student.
    • Resume/CV: Outline of academic achievements and/or awards, publications, relevant work, and/or volunteer experience.
    • Academic Documents: Submit copies of official transcripts from post-secondary institutions attended.
    • Sample of written work: Student has to write something interesting as their sample essay in the application form.
    • Statement of Interest: Reasons or intentions for pursuing studies in this program, including a description of prior experience.
    • Two confidential letters of recommendation: Referees (Teachers, guidance counselors, or Professors) should comment on academics and that references should submit along with the application system.
    • Proof that students have enough money to support themselves during their stay in Canada.
    • Letters of reference or any other documents the visa office tell students to bring.

    Application Deadline

    Event End Date
    summer Feb 15, 2021
    fall Jun 15, 2021
    winter Oct 15, 2021

    Scores Required

    83 / 120

    Avg. Score in


    6.5 / 9

    Avg. Score in


    Fees & Funding

    Tution & Application Fees

    YearYear 1Year 2Year 3
    Tuition Fees$24861$24861$24861
    Health Insurance$775$775$775
    Books Fees$2054$2054$2054
    Total Fees$27690$27690$27690

    Living Costs

    HeadAvg Cost Per Year
    Housing$ 5326
    Food$ 3937

    Scholarship Grants & Financial Aids

    Name AmountInternational Students EligibleApplication Deadline
    Go Clean Scholarship$ 3500YesDec 31, 2020
    (ISC)² Women’s Cybersecurity ScholarshipsVariableYesFeb 19, 2021
    Collegedunia $150 Scholarship Program$ 150YesN/A
    Jared J. Davis Grant$ 1000YesN/A

    VISA & Work Study


    • Student VISA authorizes students to study in Canada legally.
    • International students will receive their Study Permits in the form of a paper document which will usually be attached to the passport at the Canadian port of entry.
    • Temporary Resident Visas (TRVs), commonly called Entry Visas, are to be obtained by foreign nationals who require visas to enter Canada, while Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) allows foreign nationals from visa-exempted countries to enter Canada without a visa.

    Work Study


    • The student must have a valid study permit for the period of employment.
    • He/She should meet the specific skills and experience requirements set by the sponsoring department.


    • All students are permitted to accept one Work-Study position only per program period.
    • Non-degree students (i.e. visiting students, students on a LOP) are not eligible for Work-Study.
    • Students are not eligible to hold a work-study position in the same term in which they are holding an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (or equivalent).

    Salary Rate:

    • Hourly rates vary with the nature of the job, the scope of responsibilities and work experience.
    • The salary range will be indicated on the job posting and/or students will be advised by the employer during the interview.
    • Work/study students are paid by their hiring department through York's payroll system.
    • Student Financial Services does not pay students and cannot make adjustments to pay.

    Career and Placement after Course

    Possible career opportunities are:

    • Biomanufacturing Scientist
    • Regulatory Affairs Officer
    • Agricultural Product Researcher


    6.8 /10

    Biotechnology is a very underrated and unexplored line of work in Canada and has one of the best programs in Biotechnology. It is uncommon to see Indian students choose biotechnology but a good chunk of them end up in York and that is mainly cause of the name the uni and program has had all over the country. It's also competitive in keeping their prices for each course or each semester i.e better money saving at York

    Course Curriculum :

    The course is almost identical to a normal biology program i.e multiple courses in physics, chemistry, biology and where it differs is with the application of basic computer application, economics both micro and macro and I feel kicking the economics part out of the program makes the program more relevant and everything else does fit with the program description and the course can be completed in 3 years if taken in full load.

    8 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement

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