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Full-time/Cooperative Education Bachelor of Science 8910bsc


Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered for the fall semester as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
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  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

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 15 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.

Are you considering Biotechnology? Watch UBC and BCIT's Honours in Biotechnology video.

Program Entry

For general program information and information about supplemental documents contact:

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

Application processing

Applications are accepted and processed by UBC.

Application deadlines

UBC's application deadlines are:

  • June for students accepted to the Faculty of Science
  • January 31st for students transferring to UBC

Late applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Please see Apply to this Program for full details.

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

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

Option 1: 30.0 credits of first-year UBC courses or equivalent with a minimum 2.65 GPA:

  • 8.0 credits of UBC Chemistry:
    • CHEM 111 and CHEM 113 or
    • CHEM 121 and CHEM 123

  • 6.0 credits UBC Communications Requirement. Can include:
    • ENGL 112 (recommended)
    • SCIE 113 (recommended)

  • 6.0 credits of UBC Biology. Two of:
    • BIOL 112
    • BIOL 111
    • BIOL 121

  • 3.0 credits of UBC Differential Calculus. One of:
    • MATH 100
    • MATH 102
    • MATH 104
    • MATH 110**
    • MATH 120**
    • MATH 180**
    • MATH 184**

  • 3.0 credit 100-level UBC Physics (PHYS) course*

  • 3.0 credits of computational electives from among the following subjects:
    • Computer Science (CPSC)
    • Math (MATH)**
    • Statistics (STAT)***

  • 1.0 credit elective

*PHYS 100 does not fulfill this requirement. Students require 3.0 credits of 100-level physics beyond PHYS 100. Students lacking Physics 12 must take PHYS 100 in first year. Another 3.0 credits of PHYS may be taken at any time during the specialization, but PHYS 100 must be taken during first year.

**MATH 120, 180 or 184 may be taken to fulfill the differential calculus requirement and will decrease the elective requirement by 1.0 credit. MATH 110 can also fulfill the differential calculus requirement and will decrease the elective requirement by 3.0 credits.

***STAT 200 is not acceptable as a computation elective because it is equivalent to a required course in BCIT's Honours in Biotechnology program.


Option 2: Transfer credit from another university that includes:

  • Two terms of first-year university courses (100 or 1000 level) in each of the following subjects:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry (with lab)
    • English

  • One term of first year university courses (100 or 1000 level) in each of the following subjects:
    • Physics (energy and waves or electricity, light and radiation)
    • Mathematics (differential calculus)

  • Sufficient electives for an equivalent of 30.0 UBC credits, including:
    • 3.0 credits of computational electives

Note: Science credits at UBC are weighted differently than credits at some other colleges and universities because labs and extra work are credited separately. Where possible, applicants from colleges or other universities should take the first year equivalents of the listed UBC courses.

Apply to program

Already a UBC Science student?

Apply online by late June (check UBC for deadline) if you are:

  • A first year UBC science student, eligible to go into second year, GPA >70%

Apply directly to the UBC Department of Microbiology and Immunology by June 1st if you are:

  • A UBC science student who has been registered as a second year student or higher, GPA >70%
  • To apply, email your name and UBC student number to, and indicate your interest in joining the Biotechnology program for your third year.

Not yet a UBC Science Student?

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

  • a UBC student not in the Faculty of Science, GPA >70%
  • a non-UBC student, GPA >70%
  • To apply, submit an Application for Admission or Application for Readmission/Change of Faculty form to UBC Admissions by no later than January 31st. Transcripts will be required for incoming transfer students.

    Then, if you are admitted to second year, apply online by late June (check UBC for deadline).

    If you are entering third year or are uncertain of your eligibility year, you can apply directly to the UBC Department of Microbiology and Immunology. To apply, email your name and UBC student number to, and indicate your interest in joining the Biotechnology program for your third year by no later than June 1st.

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 the following year if there were no fails and there were extenuating circumstances for the weak grades.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

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

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for 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.


Program matrix

Term 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  BIOT 0071 Lab Safety 0.0
  BIOT 3201 Microbiology 1 6.0
  BIOT 3210 Introduction to Biotechnology 5.0
  BIOT 3230 Introduction to Health Product Regulation 3.0
  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 7001 Critical Reading and Writing 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 7020 Bioethics 3.0
Total Credits: 163.5

Terms 5-7

For a listing of UBC courses (Terms 5-7), please refer to section “Fourth and Fifth Years” course listings on the UBC Biotechnology website.

Full course descriptions for UBC terms are available at

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 Honors in Biotechnology program is intended to produce students with strong scientific and technical backgrounds who are also well schooled in business and communications.

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. BCIT and UBC's 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.

Watch the Biotechnology Program video to find out what Biotechnology students do.

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.

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.

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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

Our alumni are employed in a variety of fields. Read the Biotechnology Program FAQ on the UBC-BCIT Biotechnology Club website to find out about the many employment paths and opportunities upon graduation.

Keep learning

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

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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Eliana Pouchard has worked in areas ranging from cardiovascular to olfactory research, ophthalmology, and natural health products. Eliana currently works as a Medical Events Specialist, Product Safety at Johnson & Johnson Vision, assuring compliance to global regulatory requirements. As a Biotechnology student, Eliana enjoyed studying quality and regulatory practices, genetics and fermentation. The co-op work experience and heavy workload were very beneficial in preparing her for industry.
Eliana Pouchard, Biotechnology Grad 2011


Dr. Grace Leung graduated from the Biotechnology program in 2008 and promptly began a PhD in Genetics at UBC.  Grace's postdoctoral fellowship is in the oncology group at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. From the hands-on nature of the program, Grace developed an early passion for research. Grace also credits the intensive laboratory work in the Biotechnology program for giving her a competitive edge over other co-op applicants, leading to numerous rewarding opportunities.
Dr. Grace Leung, Biotechnology Graduate 2008


Mark McCabe is an epidemiologist with BCCDC Communicable Disease Prevention & Control. He helps reduce rates of antimicrobial resistance and monitors travel-related diseases like Zika. Mark plans to train as a federal Field Epidemiologist, traveling to the front lines of outbreaks and public health emergencies. With challenging and well-rounded curriculum, practical learning, and opportunities to develop professionalism, the Biotechnology program strongly influenced Mark’s career.
Mark McCabe, Biotechnology Graduate 2008

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