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Biotechnology: Bachelor of Science - Honours


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Study Options
  • Co-Op
  • Location

    Terms 1–4:

    Burnaby Campus
    3700 Willingdon Avenue
    Burnaby, BC

    Terms 5–7:

    University of British Columbia
    2329 West Mall
    Vancouver, BC

  • Length

    Four years, full-time

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

  • Tuition Estimate

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

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

  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates

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

  • Credential Granted
    Bachelor of Science

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Application Deadline Advice

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.

Contact Info

BCIT_Biotech@bcit.ca

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.

-OR-

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 at https://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 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 my.bcit.ca. 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.

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

The English-Language Proficiency required for study at BCIT is detailed here.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

You will need to meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. Most programs require Grade 12 graduation with specific Grade 11 and 12 courses. Some programs also have non-academic requirements such as submitting a resume or participating in an interview.

For more details on BCIT's Admission and Registration requirements check here.

Application priority is given to BC residents who are Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have lived in BC for the 12 months immediately before enrolment. Second priority is given to out-of-province citizens and landed immigrants. Third priority is given to applicants who are neither Canadian citizens nor landed immigrants.

Out-of-Province

You will need to meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. Most programs require Grade 12 graduation with specific Grade 11 and 12 courses. Some programs also have non-academic requirements such as submitting a resume or participating in an interview.

For more details on BCIT's Admission and Registration requirements check here.

Application priority is given to BC residents who are Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have lived in BC for the 12 months immediately before enrolment. Second priority is given to out-of-province citizens and landed immigrants. Third priority is given to applicants who are neither Canadian citizens nor landed immigrants.

BC Transfer Student

For details on transfer credit at BCIT check here.

 

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For details on transfer credit at BCIT check here.

 

Mature Student

If you have not graduated from secondary school you can still be admitted to BCIT based on your relevant experience.

To gain Mature student status, you must also meet BCIT's English-language requirements as well as any prerequisites for your desired program.

There is helpful information for Mature students in the Frequently Asked Questions section of BCIT's Admission & Registration webpage.

International Student

For details on applying to BCIT as an International Student check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

The Technology Entry Program is for students who want to improve their skills in core areas such as communications, Math, Chemistry or Physics to meet the prerequisites of their intended BCIT Technology Program.

 

How to Apply

For information on applying to BCIT's programs check here.

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