Bioinformatics

Lakehead University
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Bachelor's programs

Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is the application of information technology to the field of molecular biology. As a relatively new area of study, we are one of the very few universities in Canada that offer this program from year one. 

Our Department of Bioinformatics integrates tools and theories from several disciplines including:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics 

Whether designing a new life-saving drug, decoding a genome sequence or developing algorithms to analyze medical images, Bioinformaticians solve problems that arise from the analysis of biological data. As a student skilled in Bioinformatics, you will be at the forefront of this newly emerging field which has a widespread impact on the way we approach important global issues and topics including healthcare and sustainability.

You will gain the necessary education and training in all of the component fields and insight into:

  • the complex interactions of living systems
  • big data collection and analysis
  • the physical and chemical nature of the environment
  • building descriptive models based on biological data
  • theoretical biology

Our program is well-rounded and small in size allowing for one-on-one interaction with educators and many research opportunities. Additionally, we maintain close relationships with local knowledge-based businesses and organizations which contribute to unique course content and job opportunities post-graduation.

Lakehead Advantage

We are one of the few universities in Canada that offer a Bioinformatics program from first year onward. The benefit of receiving a Bioinformatics degree rather than a Biology degree with a specialization in Bioinformatics is that your education is far more multidisciplinary. Three to four years of your undergraduate are focused on applying your knowledge to the field.

Our small class sizes promote hands-on skill development and individual attention from professors and teaching assistants. Our faculty is readily accessible and always willing to help. As an Honours student, you will have the opportunity to work very closely with a faculty member on your Honours thesis project, contributing to groundbreaking research within this new and evolving field of study.

You will have many opportunities to work as a summer research assistant, giving you the necessary work experience and one-on-one time with educators that are not available at larger universities. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of our program, you can inquire about positions within the departments of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Computer Science, and Mathematics.  

Applying to Lakehead University is easy and we are here to help you along the way.

Step 1 – Determine your general admission requirements:

To determine your general admission requirements, select one of the definitions below:

Ontario High School Students
  • Completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD);
  • A minimum of 6 Grade 12U or M courses, or equivalent, including program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum 70%* overall final average**

*Higher averages may be required for admission to programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the supply of available spaces.**Admission averages are calculated using the top 6 Grade 12 U or M courses.  

Other Canadian High School Students
 General Admission Requirements: 
  • Completion of Grade 12 and the Secondary School Diploma (see the Program Specific Prerequisites section for your particular provinces requirements);
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum 70%* overall final average

*Higher averages may be required for admission to programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the supply of available spaces.

International HS/ College or University
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Successful graduation from an academic secondary school program or equivalent (For most countries, the same academic preparation as is required for university entrance in that country is required for consideration. Refer to Admission Requirements by Country.) 
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • Note: Meeting the minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

Canadian College
 General Admission Requirements:

College transfer applicants who are applying to a program that does not have a college transfer pathway are eligible for admission consideration if they have:

  • Completed a minimum of 1 year of full-time academic studies at an accredited community college since leaving high school;
  • Completed the appropriate program-specific prerequisite courses; and
  • Achieved a minimum overall average of 70%. 
Canadian University
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
Canadian Bible College
  • College must be accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE);
  • Successfully meets the minimum program specific preparatory course prerequisites at the Grade 12U or M level or equivalent;
  • If not eligible right out of high school, a minimum of two years of full time studies must be completed at the Bible College.

Step 2 – Determine your program-specific prerequisite requirements for your program(s) of choice:

To determine your program-specific prerequisite requirements, choose from the drop-down menus below:

Program Specific Requirements

Select Your Last Type of Institution AttendedWhen Did You Last AttendSelect Your Province

  • Program Specific Requirements for Ontario High School Students: English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Biology (SBI4U), Chemistry (SCH4U)Program Specific Requirements for Alberta/NWT/Nunavut High School Students: English Language Arts 30-1, Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Math 30-1 Program Specific Requirements for British Columbia/Yukon High School Students: English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12, Anatomy and Physiology 12, Chemistry 12, Pre-Calculus 12 Program Specific Requirements for International Students: English, Biology, Chemistry, MathProgram Specific Requirements for Manitoba High School Students: English Language Arts (Comprehensive Focus, Literary Focus, or Transactional Focus) 40S, Biology 40S, Chemistry 40S, Pre-Calculus 40S Program Specific Requirements for Mature/Transfer Students: English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Biology (SBI4U), Chemistry (SCH4U). Other secondary or post-secondary courses that are equivalent to these requirements are accepted. Program Specific Requirements for New Brunswick High School Students: English Language Arts 121 or 122, Biology 121 or 122, Chemistry 121 or 122, Pre-Calculus A120 or B120 Program Specific Requirements for Newfoundland/Labrador High School Students: English 3201, Advanced Math 3200, Biology 3201, Chemistry 3202 Program Specific Requirements for Nova Scotia High School Students: English 12 or English 12 African Heritage, Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Pre-Calculus 12 Program Specific Requirements for PEI High School Students: English 621A, Biology 621A, Chemistry 621A, Pre-Calculus 621B Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (CEGEP) Students: 2 English (603 or 604), Biology I (NYA), Chemistry (2 from: NYA, NYB, or NYC), Linear Algebra I (201-NYC, 201-105, or 201-106) Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (Private) Students: English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Biology (SBI4U), Chemistry (SCH4U). Equivalent courses to the Ontario prerequisite requirements will be considered. Program Specific Requirements for Saskatchewan High School Students: English Language Arts 30 A or English Language Arts 30 B, Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Pre-Calculus 30

The program-specific prerequisite requirements do not apply to college transfer pathways. Refer to the agreements found here for more information on the admission requirements.

If you do not meet the program-specific prerequisite requirements for your program of choice, please contact Enrolment Services – Undergraduate Admissions to schedule an appointment with an Admissions Officer. An Admissions Officer can provide you with more information on how to enrol in the required prerequisite courses for your program of choice.

Step 3 – Apply Today!

Now that you have determined your admission requirements, your next step is to submit an application.

If you are interested in full-time studies, you can apply to Lakehead University using the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC). The full-time applications can be found here. Before submitting your application, be sure to read the application instructions to ensure that you are using the correct application.

If you are interested in part-time studies, you can apply to Lakehead University using the Undergraduate Application form found here. Before submitting your application, be sure to read the application instructions to ensure that you are using the correct application.

As a first year Bioinformatics student you will be required to complete the following courses:

  • Biology 1100 – Animal Biology
  • Computer Science 1411 & 1431 – Computer Programming I & II
  • Mathematics 1171 & 1172 – Calculus I & II
  • Physics 1211 & 1212 – Introductory Physics I & II

The balance of your courses will be in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. It is recommended you take an English course to develop your writing and communication skills. 

We encourage you gain summer work experience as a research assistant in the various disciplines that shape Bioinformatics, such as Biology, Physics, Computer Science, and Chemistry.

Our faculty is progressive in that they are always looking for ways to involve undergraduates in research opportunities, and develop undergraduate lab-based skills very early on. Working as a research assistant is a great way to find your passion within the field, and ensure that you graduate with hands-on Bioinformatics experience to help your job search.

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