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Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech. Co-op)


With the combination of theoretical foundation and lab experience, you will be prepared for success in areas in genetic engineering and bioprocessing.

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Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary field merging basic science, applied science, and engineering. Study genetic engineering; cell biology, molecular biology, and microbiology; analytical instrumentation; and, bioprocessing. Within these disciplines, students learn about the latest research in immunology, virology, genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics.

The program also integrates core business and management skills and is an Accredited Business Degree (ACBSP).  Read about ACBSP Accreditation here.

 In 4.5 years, students graduate with a degree from McMaster University, an advanced diploma in Biotechnology and Certificate in Business from Mohawk College, and 12 month of co-op work experience. 

Sample Careers

  • Chemist, Estee Lauder
  • Inventory Control Analyst, Ventura Foods Canada
  • Manager of Clinical Marketing, Mespere LifeSciences Inc.

 Further Study:

  • M.Biotech., University of Toronto
  • M.Sc., Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, University of Toronto
  • M.A.Sc., Biomedical Engineering, McMaster University
  • M.A.Sc., Chemical Engineering, McMaster University
  • MBA, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University


Julianne - Biotechnology

"I see myself working in the environmental or agricultural technology sectors. I chose Biotechnology at McMaster because I thought it really demonstrated the perfect relationship between technology and the natural world."


The W. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology is a member of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ABCSP) with its dedication to teaching excellence and student achievement in engineering technology management education. The Biotechnology program has been awarded ACBSP accreditation.

Program Structure

The program is made up of technical courses that are specialized according to your chosen stream. In addition, courses in business, management, and communications complement your studies. Finally 12 months of co-op are integrated into your studies. 

Year 1

Level 1A

Level 1B

Optional Co-op Term 

Year 2

Level 2A

Level 2B

Co-op Term 1

Year 3

Level 3A

Co-op Term 2

Co-op Term 3

Year 4

Level 3B

Level 4A

 Optional Co-op Term

Year 5

Level 4B




Course List:  

To view a list of required courses for the current academic year, please view the following page:

Please note that requirements may change depending on when you started the program. Please view your 'Academic Requirements' in Mosaic for accurate information.


Level 2A Courses
Course Code Course Title
BIOTECH 2CB3 Cell Biology 
BIOTECH 2EC3 Chemical Engineering Concepts 
BIOTECH 2M03 Molecular Biology 
BIOTECH 2OC3 Organic Chemistry 
ENGTECH 2MA3 Mathematics III 
GENTECH 2HR3 Human Resource Fundamentals 
Level 2B Courses
Course Code Course Title
BIOTECH 2B03 Biotechnology Concepts 
BIOTECH 2BC3 Biochemistry 
BIOTECH 2GT3 Genetics 
BIOTECH 2MB3 Microbiology 
GENTECH 2EE3 Engineering Economics 
GENTECH 2MP3 Management Principles 
Level 3A Courses
Course Code Course Title
BIOTECH 3B03 Industrial Biotechnology 
BIOTECH 3BC3 Bioprocess Control and Dynamics 
BIOTECH 3IV3 Immunology and Virology 
ENGTECH 3ES3 Engineering Statistics
GENTECH 3FF3 Financial Systems 
GENTECH 3MT3 Project Management 
Level 3B Courses
Course Code Course Title
BIOTECH 3BP3 Bioreactor Processes and Design 
BIOTECH 3FM3 Food Microbiology 
BIOTECH 3PM3 Pharmacology 
GENTECH 3LS3 Quality Control and Assurance Methods 
GENTECH 3MB3 Fundamentals of Marketing
Level 3 Elective (Choose One)
BIOTECH 3CM3 Computational Modeling of Biological Systems 
SFWRTECH 4AI3 Artificial Intelligence 
SFWRTECH 4DA3 Data Analytics and Big Data 
Level 4A Courses
Course Code Course Title
BIOTECH 4BL3 Biomaterials and Biocompatibility
BIOTECH 4BM3 Biopharmaceuticals 
BIOTECH 4GP3 Genomics and Proteomics 
BIOTECH 4TR1 Capstone Project I 
GENTECH 4OM3 Operations Management 
GENTECH 4EP3 Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovation
Level 4B Courses
Course Code Course Title
BIOTECH 4BI3 Bioinformatics 
BIOTECH 4BS3 Biotechnology Regulations 
BIOTECH 4TB3 Advanced Biotechnology 
BIOTECH 4TR3 Capstone Project II 
GENTECH 4FT3 Strategic Management 
GENTECH 4TE3 Technology Ethics and Sustainability 

Co-op and Experiential Learning

Gaining relevant co-op experience is an essential part of earning a B.Tech. degree. This required program component will allow students to gain valuable work experience and career connections.

While support and guidance is available through the Engineering Co-op and Career Services to assist students with your job search, resume writing and interviewing skills, it is ultimately the responsibility of the student to satisfy the co-op program requirement.

Our top 5 co-op employers for the Biotechnology program are:

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Activation Laboratories
  • Baxtor
  • Ecosynthetix
  • Environment Canada

For further information, visit the co-op website »

Bio student working in lab

Admission Requirements

Please apply to the McMaster University Admissions Office through the online application form available on the Ontario Universities Application Centre website. The next available intake is Fall 2022. Some details are listed below.

Admissions for Bachelor of Technology - Biotechnology I

We require 6 grade 12 U/M courses including:

  • English (ENG4U)
  • Calculus (MCV4U)
  • Chemistry (SCH4U)
  • Physics (SPH4U)

*Biology is not a requirement for this program! Students take a high school equivalent Biology course in first year of B.Tech.

The anticipated admission average is expected to be 80-82%.


Degrees Acquired:

  • Bachelor of Technology from McMaster University
  • Advanced Diploma from Mohawk College in Biotechnology
  • Business Management Certificate from Mohawk College

Co-op: Mandatory - 12 months, 3 terms

Application Deadline for Fall 2022 Intake: January 13, 2022

Supplementary Application Deadline for Fall 2022 Intake: January 28, 2022

Target Enrolment: 240 students 

Not a Canadian high school student? Email for details on international or transfer student admission requirements.


What is a Bachelor of Technology? How does it differ from a Bachelor of Engineering? How is the program structured? Why does the program include so much focus on "management"?

Have some burning questions about the Bachelor of Technology program within the W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology? 

Get all your questions answered HERE

Still have more questions? Contact!

Future Directions

The Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) recently announced new application regulations for the P.Eng. designation coming into effect on July 1, 2023.  The new rules exclude McMaster B.Tech. graduates from the application process. McMaster Engineering is working with the PEO in an attempt to maintain the previously approved pathways for our students described below. Please check back for updates. We apologize for any concerns and thank you for your patience.

Many B.Tech. students inquire about study opportunities available to them after completing their undergraduate degree. With your four year degree from McMaster University, you can now move on to pursue professional designations or further education at the graduate (Master's or Doctoral) level.

B.Tech. Post-Graduate Pathways: A Summary

Note: The above chart is not a comprehensive overview of all available programs; rather, it outlines some popular options offered by McMaster University as a way to illustrate the variety of choices available to you as a B.Tech. graduate.

The following four pathways are typically of interest to graduates:

  • Professional Engineer Designation (P.Eng.)
  • Master's level studies (M.Eng., M.Sc., or M.A.Sc.) in engineering
  • Master's level studies in technology and entrepreneurship (W. Booth)
  • Master's level studies in business (MBA)

Every program has different requirements for admission and a unique admission process. Some general information can be found below. Students are encouraged to contact the graduate programs of interest directly for more information.

Walter G Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

Students can continue their studies within the Walter G Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology through any of the five professional Master's programs offered:

  • Master of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MEEI)
  • Master of Engineering and Public Policy (MEPP)
  • Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering (MEME)
  • Master of Engineering Design (M.Eng. Design)
  • Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MTEI)

B.Tech. students or graduates who are interested in any of the professional master's programs offered by W Booth School should contact the relevant grad studies representative to arrange for an interview with a faculty member. The same advice would apply to those seeking graduate programs outside of W Booth School.

For interested fourth years...

There are now 400/600 level courses available for you to take in your final year of B.Tech!

What is a 400/600 level course?

These are 400 level courses in your program that are cross listed at the 600 (graduate level). The 600 level course is an undergraduate course with additional work, commonly extra assignments or a project beyond the requirements for the corresponding 400 level course.

The 600 level course can be taken by undergraduate students (with permission from the course Professor) or graduate students. If you wish to complete a 400 level course, with 600 level credit, speak with your instructor at the start of the term. 

What is the advantage of taking a 600 level course?

Students in B.Tech. can take up to 2 courses at the 600 level. Upon successful completion of a course, a PASS/FAIL notation will be made in the W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology (SEPT) Graduate Program office, which will allow you to receive credit for these courses should you enter into one of the SEPT Master’s programs.

What are some examples of 400/600 courses offered in Fall 2017?

Advanced System Components and Integration

Conceptual Design of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

System Specification and Design


Biotechnology Regulations

Advanced Biotechnology

*not ALL B.Tech. courses qualify for advanced credit for ALL M.Eng. programs - consult your department head for more information.

For more information on your eligibility for M.Eng. programs offered by W. Booth, please contact!

Professional Engineer Designation (P.Eng.)

Please see the following FAQs for Professional Engineering Licensure as it relates to BTech students. 

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degrees are typically course-based (as opposed to research-based) and are also sometimes referred to as project-based master's degrees, since M.Eng. degrees usually comprise a combination of course work and a project. The nature of the project is usually "professional" rather than "research" (e.g. dealing with design or manufacturing problems in industry).

These kinds of programs are considered to be an excellent fit for graduates of B.Tech. programs which concentrate on developing advanced technological skills in an environment which is more concerned with application than with research. The advanced coursework in the master's degree program and the experience developing, conducting, and completing a major application-oriented project would provide a good educational base for technologically-focused positions in industry.

Most of the Engineering Departments at McMaster University offer M.Eng. degree programs; the details of these can be found in the calendar of McMaster University's School of Graduate Studies or on departmental web pages.

Master of Science or Applied Science (M.Sc. or M.A.Sc.)

McMaster University's research-based master's degree programs in engineering lead to a Master of Science (M.Sc.) or a Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.). Typically, these programs require a relatively small number of courses and a major research project culminating in a thesis. A research-based master's program is considered the ideal route towards doctoral studies.

Research-based master's programs are suitable for B.Tech. graduates who have a very definite career objective in fundamental and/or applied research. B.Tech. graduates interested in these programs should have very strong mathematical abilities.

Most engineering departments at McMaster University offer M.A.Sc. degree programs; the details of these can be found in the calendar of McMaster University's School of Graduate Studies or on departmental web pages.

B.Tech. students or graduates wanting to pursue a research master's program at McMaster University are advised to contact the relevant department and arrange for an interview with a faculty member. A useful approach is to do some preliminary and preparatory investigation to identify professors whose research program aligns well with the interests and skills of the student. The same advice would apply to those seeking admission to programs at other universities.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

MBA programs offered at McMaster University and other universities provide an opportunity for university degree graduates in a variety of fields to develop a broad set of advanced business administration skills. Typically, these programs are course-based and may include a co-op component (e.g. the MBA program offered by McMaster's DeGroote School of Business). MBA programs are suitable for B.Tech. graduates who wish to broaden their career opportunities to include leadership positions which require both technological and management education.

Note that successful completion of an MBA program could position the student for PhD studies in business.