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Biology - BSc (Hons)

Is it for you?

Biology is the study of living organisms — from bacteria and cells, to plants and animals. This program teaches concepts spanning from cellular structure and function, to the environment and bioinformatics. 

It integrates studies in chemistry, computers and management. You can pursue a paid co-op, participate in industry-oriented research and complete an independent thesis project. 

Optional specializations in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Biophysics or Environmental Biology give you more opportunities to customize your degree. Or, pursue an optional designation in Management Sciences.

This is one of three bachelor of science programs that share a one-year foundation.

Program info

Faculty of Science

Program format(s): 
Full time: 4 Year
5-Year Co-op

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Grade range: 
High 70s1


Experiential learning: 
Co-op available

Academic requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements.

Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher prerequisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • English/anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred)
  • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
  • Two of Physics (SPH4U), Chemistry (SCH4U) or Biology (SBI4U)
  • Note: the minimum grade(s) required in the subject prerequisites (normally in the 65-70% range) will be determined subject to competition

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available on the admission requirements page.

Tuition and fees range 2024-2025

For detailed fees information, visit tuition and fees by program.

Full-time format:

Ontario students: $7,236 - $9,749
Out-of-province students: $8,412 - $11,396
International students: $35,072 - $35,132

First-year courses

Here is a preview of first-year courses based on the available undergraduate calendar information.

1st Semester


REQUIRED GROUP 1: One course from the following:

  • CPS 109 Computer Science I
  • CPS 118 Introductory Programming for Scientists

* This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

2nd Semester


One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

Your future

You can use your expertise in established principles and modern practices to contribute to:

  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental, health and molecular sciences
  • Scientific sales and marketing
  • Food and life science research
  • Science management for government, academia or industry
  • Agri-food, biotechnology or pharmaceuticals
  • Food industry editing
  • Multimedia life science
  • Botany
  • Graduate studies in biology, or professional degrees in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or related fields

Thinking of applying? Make sure the program is still accepting applications.

Student spotlight

“My undergraduate years formed who I am as a person, how I approach science, and how I select labs and supervisors. I am still driven to pursue my own ideas, which I believe is an advantage when it comes to making an impact in diabetes care.”

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  1. Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2024 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. TMU reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.


While every effort is made to ensure accuracy on this site, in the event of a discrepancy, TMU's current Undergraduate Calendar is the official reference.