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Explore how life works. Our life sciences program teaches you about the chemistry, biology and physiology of diverse forms of life and prepares you for a career in the health sector.

Through extensive laboratory activities, you’ll learn lab techniques and data analysis in a variety of scientific disciplines with emphasis on molecular biology. You’ll be positioned for careers such as microbiology or pharmaceutical research, have the option to pursue graduate studies, or use your education as a pathway to professional programs such as medicine, pharmacy, or forensics.

Admission requirements

Ontario high school students: Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M
courses including:

  • English (ENG4U),
  • Advanced Functions (MHF4U),
  • Biology (SBI4U)
  • Chemistry (SCH4U)

A minimum final average, based on the best six Grade 12 U or M courses, of 75% is required.

Not a high school student? Visit our Admissions page for admission requirements for all other applicants.

Tuition and Fees 2022/2023

Domestic Fees: $7,094.83*
International Fees: $29,610.32*

For detailed fees information, visit Finance and Fees.

Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries

More than $11-million in scholarships, bursaries and awards are available to incoming Lakehead-Georgian students. Explore OSAP, as well as awards, scholarships and bursaries that are available to you.

Program Details


Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Life Sciences from Lakehead University; Biotechnology–Health Diploma from Georgian College

Degree Options

BSc (Honours) + Ontario College Diploma
BSc + Ontario College Diploma


Years 1 and 2 – Georgian Barrie Campus
Years 3 and 4 – Lakehead Orillia Campus

Start dates



Four years

OUAC code


Career Opportunities

The applied life sciences degree-diploma integrates knowledge from a variety disciplines, including cell biology and genetics, microbiology and biochemistry, anthropology, and physics. Our graduates will be prepared to move directly into a variety of health science disciplines, or pursue graduate degrees (MSc and PhD) or professional degrees in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or optometry. Here are a few careers you could have after graduation.

  • Botanist
  • Forensics
  • Genetic counsellor
  • Medicine
  • Microbiology technician
  • Pharmaceutical/medical researcher
  • Physician assistant
  • Public health inspector

Courses you’ll take

The majority of courses that you will be required to complete for the applied life sciences degree-diploma program will be science-based, including biology, chemistry and physics, with additional courses in math. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Applied Life Science course outline.


Applied Life Science: Third-year student
Hometown: Stoney Creek, Ontario

“When going through the university application process, Lakehead-Georgian really stuck out to me from the rest of the programs I applied to. I felt like it was going to provide me with many options to choose from when I graduate because not only will I be getting an HBSc but I will also be receiving a Biotechnology-Health diploma. Having the opportunity to receive both of these qualifications at the same time would greatly benefit my future. Additionally, I really liked the idea of having the opportunity to take both college and university courses; with this program you definitely get hands-on experience from the college side of things, while also having the opportunity to have more theory-based classes from the university side.”

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