Joint Degree in Honours in Biotechnology (BIOT)

The Joint Degree is a five-year, co-operative education program that integrates academic studies between the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UBC and the Biotechnology Department at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). This program was designed in consultation with representatives of the local biotechnology industries. It is an intensive program that includes a range of courses intended to provide background and practical skills desired by the biotechnology industries. More detailed information is available from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UBC (telephone: (604) 822-3308), the Biotechnology Department at BCIT (telephone (604) 432-8324) and the program web site at

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UBC and the Biotechnology Program at the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) offer a five-year joint degree Co-operative Education Program that integrates academic study at both institutions with related and supervised work experience. Enrolment is limited. Entry into the specialization is at the second-year level and requires completion of the first-year prerequisites listed below with at least the minimum admission average set by the UBC Faculty of Science for transfer into second year Honours specializations.

Student must apply for the specialization. See BCIT Biotechnology for details.

The first year of the specialization can be taken at UBC or another institution. The second and third years (taken at the BCIT campus) include two four-month work terms along with academic and technical studies. The fourth and fifth years (taken at the UBC campus) include two four-month work terms and advanced studies. Students must meet the Faculty of Science requirement to continue in this Honours specialization (see Honours Specialization requirements). Completion of the requirements for the first three years of the specialization earns a Diploma of Technology in Biotechnology.

Completion of the requirements for the entire five-year specialization earns an Honours Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology. The credentials are awarded jointly by UBC and BCIT. Students who fail to maintain the Faculty of Science requirements for continuing in honours specializations in their fourth or fifth year need to request transfer credit for their BCIT courses if they intend to enrol in the other specializations such as the Microbiology and Immunology Major.

Honours (1136): Biotechnology

First year1  
Two of BIOL 111, 112, 1211,2 6
CHEM 121 (or 111)1,3 4
CHEM 123 (or 113)1,3 4
Communication Requirement4 6
MATH 102 (or 100 or 104)1,5 3
PHYS 100-level1,6 3
Computational Selection5 3
Electives5,6,7 1
Total Credits1,8 30
Second and Third Year at BCIT Campus
BIOT 280
BIOT 380
BIOT 3988
BIOT 3998
Total Credits8 60
Fourth and Fifth Years8,9
Biotechnology selection list:
Two of BIOC 440, 450, 460, BIOL 436, 458, 462, 463, MEDG 420, 421, MICB 301, 306, 308, 402, 408 6
One of MICB 418, 425, BIOC 41010 3
One of MICB 404, 406, 412, 424, 43010 3
MICB 405 3
CHBE 419 3
One of MICB 421, 447, 44810,11 3
BIOC 402, 403 6
COMM 457, 465 6
MICB 398, 399, 498, 4998 6
Arts Elective7 3
Elective6,7 6
Total Credits8 42
Total Credits for Degree1 132
1 The credits in Science 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.
2 Students without Biology 11 or 12 must take BIOL 111. Applicants from other universities and colleges may substitute 6 credits of introductory biology courses for two of BIOL 111, 112, 121. Students should be aware that BIOL 140 is a prerequisite for many upper-level BIOL courses at UBC. To maintain flexibility in their ability to study at UBC, students should consider including BIOL 140 in their first year at UBC even though this course is not required in the Biotechnology specialization.
3 Applicants from other universities and colleges may substitute 3 credits of introductory chemistry that includes a lab.
4 For the full list of acceptable courses see Communication Requirement. ENGL 112 and SCIE 113 are recommended.
5 Students must take one differential calculus course during first year of studies at UBC. MATH 180 or 184 or 120 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 1 credit. MATH 110 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 3 credits. Three additional credits of computational course selections must be taken as CPSC, MATH or STAT at UBC. Because 3 credits of computational credits equivalent to STAT 200 are taken at BCIT as a required course, STAT 200 at UBC cannot count towards specialization credit.
6 Students require 3 credits of 100-level PHYS beyond PHYS 100. Students lacking Physics 12 must take PHYS 100 in first year. Another 3 credits of PHYS may be taken at any time during the specialization but PHYS 100 must be taken during first year.
7 The specialization requires sufficient credits from the Faculty of Arts to have a total of 12 Arts credits, excluding any first year ENGL taken to meet the Communication Requirement. The BCIT credits include 9 Arts credits. The other 3 credits must come from your electives. If you already have other elective Arts credits then the 3 credits of Arts elective in year four and five can be used as free electives to take any course available for credit in Science.
8 The credit for the work terms is not included in the academic credits needed for the degree or the totals for the academic year. Students must take at least one work term as either a Fall work term or a Winter work term. The remaining work term may be done as a Fall, Winter, or Summer work term. The Biotechnology specialization normally ends with a final study term.
9 Some courses only fit particular timetables. Plan schedules to have a minimum of 15 credits in each academic term in the winter session of year four. Students graduating in May at the end of year 5 only need to take enough academic credit to fulfill the requirements of the specialization.
10 If more than one of these courses are taken the extra courses can count as part of the 6 credits of courses from the fourth and fifth year Biotechnology selection list.
11 The MICB 448 directed laboratory research project must be in the field of molecular biology. MICB 448 would normally be 3 credits. It may be taken as 6 credits if you lower the total number of electives in fourth and fifth years from 6 credits to 3 credits, so the total required credit remains at 42 credits.