Integrative Biology Specialist (HBSc)

Admissions Category: Life Sciences

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Program Overview

The Integrative Biology program allows students to pursue a specialist program built on a broad, multi-perspective approach towards understanding biological complexity. This program provides students with a solid foundation in core biological areas (cellular and organismal biology, ecology and conservation, genes and development). A key advantage to this program is that it allows students to pursue specialization in more than one area at the same time. Many of the biggest issues facing today’s planet require scientists that are capable of bringing different and complementary perspectives to look for solutions, and this program provides the coursework and training to help undergraduates build this broad knowledge base.

Complementary Programs:

Not applicable.

Check out future career opportunities and skills acquired from completing this program:

Competencies & Skills

  • Collect, analyze and interpret data
  • Conduct and design experiments; use lab equipment
  • Explore how organisms interact with the environment
  • Chart the development of complex organisms
  • Inspect specimens
  • Research and analyze biological questions
  • Write literature reviews and scientific reports

Careers for Graduates

  • Pharmaceuticals/Medical Sales
  • Conservation Officer
  • Lab Technician (Industry/ Government)
  • Assistant Biologist, Food Inspection
  • Water Technologist in Conservation Authorities
  • Policy Analyst
  • Health Care careers
  • Careers in Education/TRCA/ Ministry of Natural Resources

Further Education

  • Graduate Studies
  • Public Health: Epidemiology
  • Environmental Science
  • Sustainability
  • Genetic Counselling
  • Medicine, Dentistry, Education
  • Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy
  • Clinical Research
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Environmental Technology

Program Pathway

Year 1 | Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4

Year 1
Choose Your Courses Wisely
Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
  • Attend BioSA’s BioAID Review Sessions for guidance with writing lab reports.
  • Contact the UTSC Library for in-depth research assistance; writing support is available at the CTL Writing Centre.
  • Attend a BioSci info session on directed research.

Apply Theory to Practice


Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career

Year 2
Choose Your Courses Wisely
Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
  • Seek support from professors and TAs during office hours.
  • Check the Research Catalogue on CLNx for possible research opportunities.
  • Volunteer in research labs, hospitals, doctors offices, community organizations, foundations.
  • Consider doing a directed research course.

Apply Theory to Practice
  • Take part in Conversation with Biologists, an event where students can interact with leading scientists and learn about their research and career trajectory.
  • Consider Work Study (>Jobs & Recruitment>Work Study) jobs for possible research opportunities.

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career
  • Gain experience by applying for a summer, part-time or Work Study position via CLNx (>Jobs & Recruitment).
  • If you are considering grad school, speak to professors and program advisors early so you know what to keep in mind.
  • Explore careers through AA&CC’s Job Shadowing and In The Field programs.
  • Apply for DSL’s All-In Leadership program.

Year 3
Choose Your Courses Wisely
Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
Apply Theory to Practice
Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career
  • Speak with a staff member at the AA&CC to plan a potential career path.
  • Check CLNx for networking events and employer information sessions.
  • Attend the Graduate & Professional School Fair in September.
  • Join a conference like TEDxUTSC or International Development Conference to develop professional skills.

Year 4
Choose Your Courses Wisely
  • 1.0 credit of Advanced Courses in Ecology and Conservation.
  • 1.0 credit of Advanced Courses in Genes and Development.
  • Complete BIOC90H3 if you have not already.
  • 1.0 Credit of D-Level Biology Courses.
  • Register your “Intent to Graduate” on ACORN by the deadline.
  • Attend the weekly Biology Seminar Series (Fridays 12pm).

Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
Apply Theory to Practice
Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career
  • Participate in the AA&CC’s Partners in Leadership program to learn and network with an alumni mentor about transitioning to work or further education.
  • Consider joining a relevant professional association (eg: ESAASCBASMSICB) that take student members, and volunteer for their events.


  • AACC - Academic Advising and Career Centre (
  • ASCB - American Society for Cell Biology (
  • ASM - American Society for Microbiology (
  • BioSA - Biology Students Association (
  • CCR - Co-Curricular Record (
  • CLNx - Career Co-Curricular Learning Network (
  • CTL - Centre for Teaching and Learning (
  • DSL - Department of Student Life (
  • ECO - EnviroCare Organization (
  • ESA - The Ecological Society of America (
  • HOSA - Health Occupation Students of America (
  • ISC - International Student Centre (
  • MIMSA - Molecular Biology and Immunology Students Association (
  • NGO - Non-Governmental Organization (
  • NSERC - Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (
  • SCSU - Scarborough Campus Students Union (
  • SICB - Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (
  • TRCA - Toronto Regional Conservation Authority (
  • USRA - Undergraduate Student Research Award (


Course Co-ordinator

Jennifer Campbell

Location: SW421D
Phone: 416-287-7404

Biological Sciences Librarian

Sarah Guay

Location: ARC main floor
Phone: 416-287-7497

Academic Advising & Career Centre

Location: AC213
Phone: 416-287-7561

Department of Student Life

Location: SL157
Phone: 416-208-4760

Biology Students' Association

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