Biology and Biotechnology
off-campus site through a satellite campus or regional partner.
Apply biotechnology principles to improve the world around you. Continuous discoveries of information from various sources are identifying innovative approaches for the improvement of life. Scientists are developing medicines and vaccines to combat diseases and aging. Plants are being genetically modified to improve their nutritive value for the consumer. Microbes are being used to detoxify the environment. Reforestation efforts are being implemented to rebuild lost forests and help producers grow trees. Choose biotechnology and be at the forefront of scientific breakthroughs and advancements!
Biotechnology applies the principles of
biology, biochemistry, microbiology and molecular biology to improve the
lives of humans and quality of the environment. Biotechnology provides
the means to engineer biological systems towards a desired product or
service. The resulting
knowledge and research has a wide range of applications, from medicine and
agriculture to industry and the environment. The undergraduate program in
Biology and Biotechnology provides students access to hands-on laboratories and
opportunities for summer and project-based research experience. This
interdisciplinary program also enhances one’s entrepreneurial, social and
philosophical understanding of the biotechnology business.
- The interdisciplinary approach to this program gives students a solid background in the social, ethical, commercial and scientific issues associated with biotechnology.
- 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.
- BIOL 222: The Living Plant
Will examine the organization of the plant body and how cells, tissues and organs function and contribute to growth, development and reproductive success. The course will deal broadly with plant biology, emphasizing flowering plants, and providing the foundation for senior courses on plants.
- BIOL 316: Molecular Genetics of Eukaryotes
Examines advanced topics in the molecular genetics of eukaryotes. Examples of topics covered include epigenetics, RNA interference or post-transcriptional gene silencing, the role of model organisms in scientific research, organelle genetics, and RNA splicing. The lab will involve a combination of hands-on experimentation, computer-based analysis and student presentations.
- BMSC 240: Laboratory Techniques
Provides an introduction to the theory and application of basic techniques in biochemistry, cell biology and microbiology which will serve as a foundation for upper year specialization courses.
- Pharmaceutical Representative
- Research Scientist
- Medical Lab Technician
- Product Development Specialist
- Clinical Trial Researcher
- Public Health Director
- Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data
- Computer skills
- Communication skills: written and/or oral
- Critical and analytical thinking
- Interpreting research findings
- Laboratory skills
- Problem-solving skills
- Research skills and methods
- Technical skills