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Biology (BSc (Hons))

Jacklyn Cunningham, Biology 2020, waves underwater in full scuba gear while researching reefs in Mexico.
"I’ve always been passionate about conservation biology and the planet. Thanks to Ryerson’s culture of support, I’ve been able to attend conferences, research coral reefs in Mexico, and explore my career options."

Jacklyn Cunningham,
Biology

Learn more about Biology in the PDF fileFaculty of Science Program Guide.

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, integrating studies in chemistry, computers and management. You can pursue a paid co-op, participate in industry-oriented research and complete an independent thesis project. Further chances to customize your degree include completing optional specializations in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Biophysics or Environmental Biology, or an optional designation in Management Science.

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

 Faculty
Faculty of Science

 Program Format(s)
Full Time: Four Year; Five-Year Co-op

 Degree Earned
Bachelor of Science (Honours)

 Grade Range
76-85%+*

 Non-Academic Requirements
None

 Experiential Learning
Co-op option

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*Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2021 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. Ryerson reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.

Tuition and Fees 2021/2022

Domestic Fees Range: $7,032 - $9,562
International Fees Range: $30,008 -$30,421

For detailed fees information visit Tuition and Fees by Program.

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 at:
Admission Requirements.

After Graduation

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 or science management for government, academia or industry; agri-food, biotechnology, or pharmaceuticals. You may work as a botanist, environmental biologist, food research scientist or multimedia life science and food industry editor. You may also choose to pursue a master’s or doctorate degree in this discipline or a professional degree in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or a related field.

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