Examine living organisms of the smallest scale and discover the life-encoded mysteries of DNA. Utilize microorganisms in biotechnology for innovative approaches for the improvement of life including exploration of genetic possibilities of insect and virus resistant plants or the development of antibiotics and vaccines to combat diseases.

Quick facts
  • Four year degree
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

You will study microbial physiology and pathogenesis, microbial genetics (bacterial, bacteriophage and yeast), virology, tumour biology, immunology and immunopathogenesis. You will also learn tools and perspectives to address ethics, public policy considerations and commercial issues.

A first-year schedule sample

This degree program is flexible and offers you the opportunity to take courses in many different subject areas. Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:


Fall Term
CHEM 112 General Chemistry I Structure Bonding and Properties of Materials
BIOL 120 The Nature of Life
PHYS 115 Physics and the Universe
MATH 125* Mathematics for the Life Sciences
ENG 110* Literature and Composition

Winter Term
CHEM 115 General Chemistry II Chemical Processes
PHYS 117* Physics for the Life Sciences
STAT 245* Introduction to Statistical Methods
PSY 120* Biological and Cognitive Bases of Psychology
ENG 110* Literature and Composition (continued)

* These are elective courses. You will be able to choose from a variety of electives based on your interests.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

MCIM 309Medical Virology
The principles of animal virology are covered, including classification, cell-virus relationships, basic techniques in virology, transmission of viruses, and study of viral disease.

ACB 331: Methods in Cell and Developmental Biology
This course will provide laboratory experience in cell and developmental biology. Instruction on, and use of, techniques such as cell culture, expression of proteins in cells, basic cytology, and immunofluorescence microscopy will be some of the areas covered.

MCIM 487Microbial Genetic Systems
Bacterial and bacteriophage genetic systems will be dissected with a view to understanding their genomes, gene regulation, replication, mutagenesis, repair, and recombination, and their practical use as tools for molecular genetics experimentation and biotechnology.

This program provides an excellent foundation of knowledge in the biomedical sciences if you are seeking subsequent admission into health science professional schools such as Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Nutrition or Veterinary Medicine.

Hands-on experience
The Department maintains close ties with the Clinical Microbiology Unit and the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Royal University Hospital, affording students invaluable hands-on clinical experience in the course of their studies.

We are home to the International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac), one of the largest vaccine research and teaching facilities in the world. Researchers are studying a full range of infectious diseases in both humans and animals, and are working to develop new vaccines and methods of delivery against these illnesses. In addition, we are also home to the Global Institute for Food Security and the Global Institute for Water Security as well as a wide array of centres, institutes and facilities.

Saskatchewan is recognized as a world-class centre of innovation in biotechnology. The Saskatoon biotechnology complex includes the U of S; federal and provincial government institutes including the Plant Biotechnology Institute, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Centre, Saskatchewan Research Council, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization, POS Pilot Plant, Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon Cancer Centre, Neuropsychiatric Research Unit, Centre for Agricultural Medicine; and over 30 Canadian and international biotechnology companies located in Innovation Place on campus.

The location of major biotech companies at Innovation Place, combined with accessibility to resources like government and university labs on campus, give students amazing research advantages.


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  • Technical salesperson
  • Biological researcher
  • Hunger policy analyst
  • Laboratory assistant
  • Food technologist
  • Water quality inspector
  • Research assistant
  • Quality control technologist
  • Pest control consultant
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Medical technologist
  • Immunologist
  • Pathologist

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $6,103 $15,867
Fees $835 $835
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $8,438 $18,202

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load (the maximum number of courses allowed).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

These Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Biotechnology, Microbiology and Immunology degrees are offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:

  • Bachelor of Science Four-year 
  • Bachelor of Science Honours

You should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies to decide if you want a four-year or honours degree.

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
January 2018
Dec 1, 2017
Documents due: Dec 15, 2017
Sep 1, 2017
Documents due: Oct 1, 2017
May 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Documents due: May 1, 2018
Feb 1, 2018
Documents due: Mar 1, 2018
July 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
Mar 1, 2018
Documents due: Apr 1, 2018
September 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Documents due: May 1, 2018

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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