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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Biological Science

Biological science is the study of life at its most fundamental level. The foundational areas of cell biology, genetics and molecular biology, physiology, biochemistry and developmental biology are mastered in the Biological Science program.

Students can study within the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Biological Science program, or choose to specialize in Environmental Biology, Environmental Toxicology, Applied Biotechnology, or, for those interested in pursuing medical school or related health science careers, the Life Science specialization. Specializations have common courses during the first two years, allowing for flexibility and transfer between streams.

These programs have a co-op option, as well as extended and experiential learning opportunities, including a fourth-year undergraduate thesis and the five-year Science and Management program option.

Program Options

  • Biological Science

    As students proceed through the Biological Science program, they will obtain a background in cell biology, genetics and molecular biology, physiology, biochemistry and developmental biology. Senior level courses such as Bioethics, Neuroscience, Functional Genomics and Proteomics, along with access to modern laboratories, computational tools, sophisticated equipment and state-of-the-art facilities will enable advanced research work and skills training in industry best practice and in research.

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  • Environmental Biology Specialization

    The Environmental Biology specialization within the Biological Science program prepares students for leadership roles in the environmental sector. The specialization combines disciplinary study in the natural sciences in the first two years of the program, followed by focused study in the last two years on the diversity of life from genomes to ecosystems in natural and human impacted environments.

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  • Environmental Toxicology Specialization

    Environmental Toxicology is an interdisciplinary applied field, which focuses on the effects of contaminants on the environment and involves agriculture, health, industry, and urban development. This specialization within the Biological Science program combines a strong base in biology and chemistry, with a focus on physiology, biochemistry, environmental science, and environmental chemistry.

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  • Life Science Specialization

    The Life Science specialization within the Biological Science program is well-suited for students interested in medical school and related medical and health science careers. The emphasis is on human aspects of biology, providing an integrated grounding in the life sciences with a particular focus on biology and chemistry and additional course work in neuroscience and human anatomy. Students in this program have priority access to all required courses for professional programs such as medicine, dentistry or pharmacy. Some professional programs will have prerequisite courses required for admission. Students wishing to customize their degree should contact student advising early in their degree.

    By means of its broad science foundation and its human biology focus, this program provides an excellent basis for writing the MCAT examinations and for satisfying course requirements for applying to medical school.

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  • Applied Biotechnology Specialization

    Biotechnology is a rapidly growing area with many applications in health, agriculture and industry. The Applied Biotechnology specialization within the Biological Science program combines a primary emphasis on both biology and chemistry. Students gain a strong understanding of cell and molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, biochemistry and physiology. Students in this specialization also benefit from enhanced laboratory experience.

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