Full-time/Cooperative Education Bachelor of Science 8910bsc

Overview

The BCIT Honours in Biotechnology program gives students the best of two educational leaders: the University of British Columbia's (UBC's) theoretical and research expertise and BCIT’s hands-on laboratory training and high calibre, foundational courses. We've partnered with UBC’s department of Microbiology and Immunology to offer a unique and comprehensive learning experience.

For more than 10 years, this joint program has prepared students with current scientific and technical expertise and the business and communication skills to start their biotechnology careers as soon as they graduate.

About the program

  • Five-year, full-time bachelor of science honours program
  • Years 2 and 3 at BCIT set the foundation with in-class learning and applied lab skills
  • Years 4 and 5 at UBC deepen your theoretical knowledge and application 
  • Co-op placement expands your learning with practical work experience 

See Program Details for more information on BCIT and UBC’s Honours in Biotechnology program.

Who it's for

This program is for individuals who:

  • Have completed their first year of university or college
  • Are willing and excited to work in a co-op placement 
  • Are interested in working in an interdisciplinary team environment
  • Want to develop critical thinking and analytical skills

Find out more about entrance requirements and how to apply. Visit Program Entry.

What grads can do

From research and business, to law and medicine, our grads are finding biotechnology careers in many industries. Discover more at Graduating and Jobs.

Program Entry

For general program information and information about supplemental documents contact:
BCIT_Biotech@bcit.ca

For transcript and academic assessment information contact:
UBC Admissions
Tel: 604-822-9836

Application processing

Applications are accepted and processed by UBC.

Application Deadline
The application deadline for students currently accepted to the Faculty of Science or enrolled in the Faculty of Science at UBC is in June. The application deadline for students transferring in to UBC is January 31st. Please see the Apply to this Program section for full details. Late applications will be considered on an individual basis. For those students who do not attend UBC, interim transcripts should be submitted with the application. Current UBC students do not need to submit transcripts with their application.

Selection Process
The selection process is competitive. Candidates will be ranked by considering academic achievement and related experience. All qualified applicants may not be accepted. Admissions decisions are announced during the first two weeks of July and tuition is due one week after you are declared in the Biotech program for the first term at the BCIT campus.

Entrance requirements

  • 30 credits of first-year UBC/equivalent university courses with a minimum 2.65 GPA including:
    • 8 credits of UBC CHEM 121 and CHEM 123 or CHEM 111 and CHEM 113
    • 6 credits of UBC ENGL 100 level. English 112 is recommended (3 credits thru SCIE 113 can be used for the 6 credits)
    • 6 credits of UBC BIOL 112 or BIOL 111 or BIOL 121 (or 100-level) any 2 of these courses
    • 3 credits of UBC MATH 100, 102, 104, 110 ,120, or 180 (Differential Calculus)
    • 3 credits of UBC PHYS
    • 4 credits of electives

-OR-

  • Two terms of First Year University transfer credits (100 or 1000 level) in each of the following categories:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry (with Lab)
    • English
  • Plus One term of First Year University transfer credits (100 or 1000 level in the following categories:
    • Physics (Energy and waves or electricity, light and radiation)
    • Mathematics (Differential Calculus)
  • Plus sufficient electives for an equivalent of 30 UBC credits (ten 3 credit courses)

Entrance requirements must have been completed within the past five years. To be eligible to apply to the Biotechnology specialization applications need to meet the requirements for an honours specialization.

Apply to program

Already a UBC Science student?

Apply online at www.science.ubc.ca/students/degree/apply by late June (check website for specific deadline) if you are:

  • 1st year UBC science student, eligible to go into 2nd year, GPA >70%

Apply through the Program Head by June 1st if you are:

Not yet a UBC Science Student?

Apply through UBC Admissions by January 31st if you are:

Other Students

If you have an average of less than 68% or you have failed courses then you are not eligible to register for an honours program. Students who significantly improve their GPA in 2nd year may apply to BCIT Biotechnology Program & Marketing Assistant at biotech@bcit.ca the following year if there were no fails and there were extenuating circumstances for the weak grades.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

myCommunication

Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on full-time tuition fees.

Students will pay tuition fees to the respective institute of attendance.

Books and supplies

Term 1: $641; Term 2: $376; Term 3: $826; Term 4: $581
(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Program matrix

Term 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  BIOT 1371 Lab Safety 3.0
  BIOT 3201 Microbiology 1 6.0
  BIOT 3210 Introduction to Biotechnology 5.0
  BIOT 3260 Principles of Animal Physiology 6.0
  CHEM 3338 Organic Chemistry 1 for Biotechnology 6.0
  COMM 3343 Communications for Biotechnology 3.0
  MATH 2444 Basic Statistics and Information Technology for Biotechnology 3.0
 
Term 2 (16 weeks, plus 16 weeks co-op) Credits
  BIOT 4201 Microbiology 2 6.5
  BIOT 4230 Animal Cell Biotechnology 6.5
  BIOT 4260 Plant Anatomy and Physiology 5.5
  BIOT 4990 Co-op 1 16.0
  CHEM 4438 Organic Chemistry 2 for Biotechnology 6.5
  COMM 4443 Communications Workshop 3.0
  MATH 4442 Inferential Statistics and Research Methodology for Biotechnology 5.5
 
Term 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  BIOT 5220 Molecular Genetics 1 6.0
  BIOT 5230 Advanced Plant Cell Biotechnology 5.0
  BIOT 5240 Biochemistry 1 6.0
  BIOT 5250 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Development 2.0
  BIOT 5361 Process Systems 6.0
  CHEM 5509 Analytical Chemistry 1 5.0
  LIBS 7002 Applied Ethics 3.0
 
Term 4 (16 weeks, plus 16 weeks co-op) Credits
  BIOT 6201 Microbiology 3 6.5
  BIOT 6220 Molecular Genetics 2 6.5
  BIOT 6240 Biochemistry 2 6.5
  BIOT 6270 Management and Regulatory Affairs 2.0
  BIOT 6990 Co-op 2 16.0
  BUSA 7250 Management Skills and Applications 3.0
  CHEM 6609 Analytical Chemistry 2 5.5
  LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing 3.0
 
Total Credits: 163.5
Terms 5-7 (at UBC)
 
Complete 3.0 credits from:
  MICB 404 Topics in Molecular Bacterial Pathogenesis 3.0
  MICB 406 Topics in Molecular Virology 3.0
  MICB 412 Topics in Immunology 3.0
  MICB 424 Cellular Dynamics of Pathogenic and Environmental Bacteria 3.0
  MICB 430 Seminar-Microbiology Literature 3.0
 
Complete:
  BIOC 402 Proteins: Structure and Function 3.0
  BIOC 403 Enzymology 3.0
  COMM 457 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3.0
  COMM 465 Introduction to Marketing 3.0
 
and
MICB 405 Bioinformatics 3.0
 
or
CHBE 419 Industrial Biotechnology Laboratory 3.0
  MICB 419 Techniques in Microbial Technology 3.0
 
Complete 3.0 credits from:
  MICB 421 Experimental Microbiology 3.0
  MICB 447 Research Project 3.0
  MICB 448 Directed Research 3.0
 
Complete 3.0 credits from:
  BIOC 410 Nucleic Acids: Structure and Function 3.0
  MICB 325 Microbial Genetics 3.0
  MICB 425 Microbial Ecological Genomics 3.0
 
Complete 6.0 credits from:
  BIOC 435 Molecular Biology and Biochemistry of Yeast 3.0
  BIOC 440 Concepts in Molecular Biology 3.0
  BIOC 450 Membrane Biochemistry 3.0
  BIOC 460 Advanced Techniques in Biochemistry 3.0
  BIOL 436 Integrated Functional Genomics 3.0
  BIOL 458 Developmental Neurobiology 3.0
  BIOL 462 Ecological Plant Biochemistry 3.0
  BIOL 463 Gene Regulation in Development 3.0
  MEDG 420 Human Biochemical and Molecular Genetics 3.0
  MEDG 421 Genetics and Cell Biology of Cancer 3.0
  MICB 301 Microbial Ecophysiology 3.0
  MICB 306 Molecular Virology 3.0
  MICB 308 Paradigms in Bacterial Pathogenesis 3.0
  MICB 402 Advanced Immunology 3.0
  MICB 403 Molecular Bacterial Pathogenesis 3.0
  MICB 408 Advanced Bacterial Pathogenesis 3.0
  MICB 418 Physiology of Industrial Organisms 3.0
 
UBC Arts Electives 3.0
 
UBC Electives 6.0
 
UBC Total Credits 42.0

Full course descriptions for UBC terms are available at http://students.ubc.ca/

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

The joint program is intended to produce students with strong scientific and technical backgrounds and who are also well schooled in business and communications. As a new initiative, this unique Joint Degree program underwent extensive scrutiny to ensure that it met the technical and academic requirements mandated by both institutions. To ensure the excellence of the program, it is annually reviewed by a Program Advisory Committee.

The program addresses the documented need for people who can combine technical experience and training with expertise in other areas such as management, production, regulations and intellectual property. It provides a core set of skills required for all levels of employment in a typical biotechnology company.

The joint program recognizes the need for cross-discipline training and fosters collaborative interactions that will strengthen undergraduate education.

The program is specifically designed to:

  • develop adaptable students with a strong foundation in skills that are relevant to the changing world of biotechnology
  • provide students with practical training in the skills and techniques of biotechnology
  • integrate the laboratory and lecture components of the program through the use of an experiential approach to learning
  • uniquely combine BCIT's strength in providing practical, hands-on biotechnology training with UBC's strength in leading-edge biotechnology research and teaching.

Program length

Four years, full-time

BCIT offers Academic Terms 1 to 4. The program continues at UBC for Academic Terms 5 to 7.

Program location

Terms 1–4:

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Terms 5–7:

University of British Columbia
2329 West Mall
Vancouver, BC

Program structure

Program Component BCIT Credits Degree Credits
First year (Pre-entry)   Minimum 30.0
BCIT academic terms 1-4 131.5 60.0
UBC academic terms 5-7   42.0
Co-op work terms 1-2 (BCIT) 32.0
Co-op work terms 3-4 (UBC)    

* credit values may vary depending on prerequisite institute attended

Promotion Requirement
In order to continue to Term 5 of the program at UBC, students are required to maintain an overall average of 75 per cent in the four academic terms taken at BCIT.

Credentials
Upon successful completion of the four BCIT academic terms students will receive a Diploma in Biotechnology.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Bachelor of Science Honours in Biotechnology

Note: BIOT courses listed in the UBC Calendar are offered only at BCIT. The UBC equivalents are listed for your information only and are not open for registration.

Co-operative education

Students entering the biotechnology program will have the opportunity to obtain work experience with our industry partners, private biotech companies, and government agencies during the course of their training. Co-op education is a mandatory part of the program. Students are required to complete four work terms of four months each (sixteen total months) to graduate. Two work terms are completed while at BCIT and two at UBC.

For more information visit www.bcit.ca/co-op/biotechnology

Graduating & Jobs

Our grads are ready

Science. Innovation. Business. Three of the many paths grads can take with a career in biotechnology. With this combined, cutting edge education, you will graduate ready to work in a multitude of life science opportunities.

Career opportunities

On their career path, our grads can choose from a variety of areas, including:

  • Life sciences research
  • Biotechnology industry
  • Pharmaceutical development
  • Health care support services
  • Regulation and quality assurance
  • Intellectual property law
  • Natural resources and agriculture
  • Business development and operations

Keep learning

Continue to advance your education. Honours in Biotechnology grads can go on to get an MSc, PhD, MD, or MBA.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Advisory committee

  • Dr. Paul Barran, NRC – IRAP Program
  • Brian Duff, Centre for Drug Research & Development
  • Lesley Esford, National Research Council
  • Dr. Michael Gold, UBC - Immunology & Microbiology
  • Dr. Paul Harrison, UBC - Botany
  • Chris McKinnon, UBC - Science Co-op Programs
  • Dr. David Oliver, UBC - Immunology & Microbiology
  • Dr. Carl Perez, Consultant
  • Dr. James Piret, UBC - Chemical & Biological Engineering
  • Dr. Bill Ramey, UBC - Immunology & Microbiology
  • Mr. Jason Lesage, LifeSciences BC

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