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Systems and Information Biology (BSc)

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Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Program type
Honours, Specialization
Primary campus
Loyola (LOY)
3 to 4 years
Start term
Fall, Winter
Experiential learning

Why study Systems and Information Biology?

Why does one person develop a debilitating disease early in life while another lives to be 100? How can we engineer microbes to produce new drugs or develop sustainable technologies? How can we develop better conservation strategies based on our understanding of the genetic diversity within a species?

The potential to explore these questions has exploded in our modern age of big data and data analytics. Thanks to advances in scientific and digital technologies, we can now collect vast amounts of information about biological systems, revolutionizing our ability to understand the world around us. But in order to access the insights offered by massive data sets, researchers need the language and tools of computer science.

The BSc in Systems and Information Biology will place you at the rich intersection of biology and computer science. Through lectures, labs and research projects, you will learn how to use computational and bioinformatic approaches to explore the biological sciences. Depending on your path through the program, you will learn about:

  • molecular and cell biology
  • computer coding and algorithms relevant to the biological sciences
  • genomics and biological data sciences
  • mathematics, statistics, and modelling
  • ecology and evolutionary biology

Concordia’s hands-on approach provides a solid foundation for a career in the life sciences or environmental sciences, or paves the way for future graduate studies.

Students who are more interested in studying these issues with a foundation in computer science may wish to consider the BCompSc in Health and Life Sciences.

Program structure

A Bachelor of Science degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.

Program options

  • Honours in Systems and Information Biology (73 credits)*
  • Specialization in Systems and Information Biology (61 credits)

*Honours is a highly concentrated program, ideal for students planning to continue to graduate studies. If you are interested in Honours, speak with your program advisor in your first year of study at Concordia. Students applying to the University are able to apply to the specialization.

Co-op program

The Co-op program gives you the chance to complete paid work terms that last 12 to 16 weeks.

Admission criteria

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

  • Quebec CEGEP: 30 overall, 28 math, 28 science
    • Co-op: 30 overall
    • Natural Science DEC or
    • DEC intégré en sciences, lettres et arts or
    • Calculus 1 & 2; Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism; Waves, Optics and Modern Physics; General Chemistry; Chemistry of Solutions and General Biology.
    • Additional information for CEGEP applicants
  • High School: B+ overall, B+ in math / sciences (Honours: A- overall, A- in math / sciences) 
  • Baccalauréat français: 14 overall, 14 in math / sciences (Honours: 15 overall, 15 in math / sciences)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 31 overall, 4 math, 5 science (Honours: 33 overall, 5 math, 6 sciences)
    • One math (Applications and Interpretations HL, Analysis and Approaches HL or Analysis and Approaches SL)
    • One science (Physics, Chemistry or Biology, either SL or HL)
    • Must have at least one HL math or science
  • University transfer (internal/external): B overall, B in math / sciences
    • Honours (internal transfers only): B+ overall, B+ in math / sciences
    • Completed courses in the disciplines of Calculus, Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

After your degree

The BSc in Systems and Information Biology will prepare you for a career in biotechnology, as well as for additional graduate training in health-related and life sciences, such as:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Systems Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Medical research
  • Pharmacology

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