Biotechnology (BIOT)

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Biotechnology (BIOT)



  • Sheldon Biotechnology Centre
  • Lyman Duff Building
  • 3775 University Street
  • Montreal, Quebec H3A 2B4
  • Telephone: 514-398-3998

About Biotechnology

About Biotechnology

Biotechnology, the science of understanding, selecting and promoting useful organisms and specific gene products for commercial and therapeutic purposes, is the success story of this generation. It demands a broad comprehension of biology and engineering as well as detailed knowledge of at least one basic subject such as molecular genetics, protein chemistry, microbiology, or chemical engineering.

The Minor in Biotechnology is offered by the Faculties of Engineering and of Science, and students combine the Minor with the regular departmental Major (or Honours or Faculty) program. The Minor emphasizes an area relevant to biotechnology which is complementary to the main program.

Students should identify their interest in the Biotechnology Minor to their departmental academic adviser and to the Program Supervisor of the Minor and, at the time of registration for the U2 year, should declare their intent to embark on the Minor. Before registering for the Minor, and with the agreement of the academic adviser, students must submit their course list to the Program Supervisor, who will certify that the student's complete program conforms to the requirements for the Minor. Students should ensure that they will have fulfilled the prerequisite requirements for the courses selected.

The course BIOT 505 Selected Topics in Biotechnology is considered as a course taught by the Faculty of Science.

General Regulations

General Regulations

To obtain the Minor in Biotechnology, students must:

  • satisfy the requirements both for the departmental program and for the Minor;
  • complete 24 credits, 18 of which must be exclusively for the Minor program;
  • obtain a grade of C or better in the courses presented for the Minor.

Biotechnology (BIOT) Faculty

Biotechnology (BIOT) Faculty

Program Supervisor
Professor Hugh P.J. Bennett; B.A.(York, UK), Ph.D.(Brunel)
Faculty of Science—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Minor Biotechnology (for Science Students) (24 credits)

To obtain the Minor Biotechnology, Science students must:

a) satisfy both the requirements for the departmental program and for the Minor;

b) complete 24 credits, 18 of which must be exclusively for the Minor program.*

* Approved substitutions must be made for any of the required courses which are part of the student's main program.

Required Courses (15 credits)

* Students usually take either BIOL 201 or BIOC 212.

BIOC 212* (3) Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Function
BIOL 200 (3) Molecular Biology
BIOL 201* (3) Cell Biology and Metabolism
BIOL 202 (3) Basic Genetics
BIOT 505 (3) Selected Topics in Biotechnology
MIMM 211 (3) Introductory Microbiology

Complementary Courses (9 credits)

9 credits selected from courses outside the department of the student's main program. Alternatively, or in addition, courses may be taken from the lists below. In which case, at least three courses must be taken from one area of concentration as grouped.


ANAT 541 (3) Cell and Molecular Biology of Aging
EXMD 504 (3) Biology of Cancer
PATH 300 (3) Human Disease

Chemical Engineering

CHEE 200 (4) Introduction to Chemical Engineering
CHEE 204 (3) Chemical Manufacturing Processes
CHEE 474 (3) Biochemical Engineering


CHEM 382 (3) Organic Chemistry: Natural Products
CHEM 502 (3) Advanced Bio-Organic Chemistry
CHEM 552 (3) Physical Organic Chemistry


MIME 310 (3) Engineering Economy


ANAT 261 (4) Introduction to Dynamic Histology
BIOC 503 (3) Immunochemistry
MIMM 314 (3) Immunology
MIMM 414 (3) Advanced Immunology
PHGY 513 (3) Cellular Immunology


ECON 208 (3) Microeconomic Analysis and Applications
MGCR 211 (3) Introduction to Financial Accounting
MGCR 341 (3) Finance 1
MGCR 352 (3) Marketing Management 1
MGCR 472 (3) Operations Management


MIMM 323 (3) Microbial Physiology
MIMM 324 (3) Fundamental Virology
MIMM 413 (3) Parasitology
MIMM 465 (3) Bacterial Pathogenesis
MIMM 466 (3) Viral Pathogenesis

Molecular Biology (Biology)

BIOL 300 (3) Molecular Biology of the Gene
BIOL 314 (3) Molecular Biology of Oncogenes
BIOL 520 (3) Gene Activity in Development
BIOL 524 (3) Topics in Molecular Biology
BIOL 551 (3) Molecular Biology: Cell Cycle

Molecular Biology (Biochemistry)

BIOC 311 (3) Metabolic Biochemistry
BIOC 312 (3) Biochemistry of Macromolecules
BIOC 450 (3) Protein Structure and Function
BIOC 454 (3) Nucleic Acids
BIOC 455 (3) Neurochemistry


EXMD 401 (3) Physiology and Biochemistry Endocrine Systems
EXMD 502 (3) Advanced Endocrinology 01
EXMD 503 (3) Advanced Endocrinology 02
PHAR 562 (3) General Pharmacology 1
PHAR 563 (3) General Pharmacology 2
PHGY 517 (3) Artificial Internal Organs
PHGY 518 (3) Artificial Cells


CHEE 593 (3) Industrial Water Pollution Control
CIVE 225 (4) Environmental Engineering
CIVE 430 (3) Water Treatment and Pollution Control
CIVE 553 (3) Stream Pollution and Control
Faculty of Science—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

Biotechnology (BIOT) Related Programs

Biotechnology (BIOT) Related Programs

Program for Students in the Faculty of Engineering

Program for Students in the Faculty of Engineering

See Faculty of Engineering > Biotechnology Minor for details.

Faculty of Science—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)
Faculty of Science—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)