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Admission Requirements

Students are admitted into the program in third year. First and second years are in the Faculty of Science, where the emphasis is on Biology and Chemistry courses. Third and fourth years are in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, during which time courses in the Medical Sciences are emphasized.

First Year Prerequisites:

Biology 022 or 023 with a minimum mark of 60%
Chemistry 020 or 023 with a minimum mark of 60%
Mathematics 030 or any two of the following: Calculus 050a/b, 051a/b, 081a/b, Mathematics 028a/b, Linear Algebra 040a/b, Statistical Sciences 024a/b. This Mathematics requirement must be completed by the end of the second year.
1.0 course from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities or the Faculty of Social Science
1.0 additional Year 1-level course (Physics 020, 024 or 028a/b and 029a/b, or the former Physics 022 or 025 is suggested for those students enrolled in first year prior to September 2003. Students enrolled in First year, as of September 2003, must include one of these Physics courses in their programs prior to entering Year 3 of the BMSc. Physics 028a/b and 029a/b or the former 022 is the recommended choice, but Biophysics requires one of Physics 020, 024, or the former 025.


  1. Programs in the following Departments require first year Physics: Biophysics, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Physiology.
  2. Some of the combinations of mathematics courses listed above are not sufficient for entry to Honors Programs in Biochemistry, Biophysics, Pharmacology & Toxicology and Physiology. Check the departmental listings for the Mathematics requirements of the individual programs.

Second Year Prerequisites


  1. Students who wish to leave open the option of entering Honors Biochemistry in Year 4 should consider taking Chemistry 274a and 284b, or the former Chemistry 224a and 234b, or the former 254 (recommended but not required).
  2. Before choosing courses for Third Year, students should check the prerequisites for courses and programs they may wish to choose in Fourth Year.
  3. Since there is no 3-year BMSc degree, students cannot graduate with such a degree at the end of Year Three. Those who wish to leave open the possibility of graduating with a 3-year degree must apply to the Faculty of Science and include courses which meet all the requirements of a specific 3-year degree program.
  4. The general BMSc program is not designed to provide the requirements for entry into graduate programs (Honors degrees being the normal route). A student with high academic standing and an appropriate course selection might meet these requirements, but should consult the department and/or Graduate School desired, to determine this possibility.

Entry into Third Year

In order to enter the program, students must have successfully completed second year, with a minimum average of 60% in Biochemistry 280a (formerly Biology 280a), Biology 281b, 282b, 290F/G and Chemistry 213a/b plus 223b.

Third Year

The following Basic Medical Science Departments participate in this program: Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Medical Biophysics, Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology, Physiology and Pharmacology. They are referred to in this program as the Principal Disciplines.

3.0 honors-level courses from one, two, or three of the Principal Disciplines, with no more than 1.0 at the 200-level, chosen from the following:

Anatomy and Cell Biology: 309 (formerly Biology 309), Anatomy and Cell Biology 319 (formerly Anatomy 319), the former Anatomy and Cell Biology 329b
Biochemistry: Biochemistry 380G, 381a, 382b (formerly Biology 380b, 381a, 382b), 385a, 386b
Epidemiology and Biostatistics: Epidemiology and Biostatistics 330b
Medical Biophysics: Medical Biophysics 302E, 303E, 330F, 331G (formerly Biology 302, 303, 330a, 331G)
Microbiology and Immunology: Microbiology and Immunology 220a, 221b, 357a (formerly Biology 221a/b, 357a), 360b, 361G or the former Biology 358a and 359b.
Pathology: Pathology 240a, 440a/b, 450b
Pharmacology and Toxicology: Pharmacology and Toxicology 355a/b, 356a/b, 357, or the former Biology 362
Physiology: Physiology 312, 313y (or the former Physiology 310), 314a

2.0 options from any Faculty (see Graduation Requirements below), or Biology 283a and 1.5 options, if Biology 283a was not completed in Second Year.


At least 1.5 200- or 300-level courses, with laboratories, from Biology, Chemistry, or the Principal Disciplines listed above, must be included in the 5.0 courses taken in Third Year.

Progression into Fourth Year

Progression to the fourth year of this program requires successful completion of third year plus an average of at least 60% in the three full courses from the above Principal Disciplines.

Fourth Year

    2.0 400-level courses from one, two or three of the departments comprising the Principal Disciplines (see individual department listings for the 400-level courses offered in that subject).
    1.0 of the following: Medical-Sciences 400E *, or any 300- or 400-level course from the offerings of the Faculty of Science or the Principal Disciplines, with approval of the program co-ordinator.
    1.0 Honors -level option from outside the Faculty of Science and the Principal Disciplines.
    1.0 Honors-level option from any Faculty.

* Priority will be given to students registered in the Fourth Year of this program.


  1. Students may not take more than 2.0 400-level courses from any one Department without special permission from that department.
  2. It is highly recommended that students take a course in Bioethics.

Graduation Requirements

The requirements for graduation from the Four-Year General BMSc Medical Sciences program are the completion of 20.0 courses, as outlined above, subject to the following conditions:

  1. Satisfactory completion of 5.0 courses numbered 001-099 including the specified Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics courses, 1.0 course from either the Faculty of Arts and Humanities or the Faculty of Social Science, and 1.0 other course (may be taken from the Faculty of Health Sciences).
  2. Students enrolled in First Year, as of September 2003, must also have completed 1.0 appropriate 020-level Physics course.
  3. Inclusion of at least 13.0 courses from the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry (Principal Disciplines) and the Faculty of Science.
  4. Inclusion of at least 12.0 senior-level courses.
  5. Achievement of a "D" grade or higher in each course counted for graduation.
  6. Achievement of an overall average of at least 60% in the 20.0 courses counted for graduation, and an average of at least 60% in the required Biology, Chemistry and Statistics courses of the second year, and the 6.0 required courses from Third Year and Fourth Year.
  7. Not more than 5.0 courses may be taken at another University on a Letter of Permission. A minimum of 10.0 courses, at least 5.0 of which must be at the senior-level, must be completed at this University.
  8. Students admitted with advanced standing are required to complete a minimum of 10.0 courses at this University.
  9. At least 3.0 courses counted toward graduation must be from a faculty/school other than the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry (Principal Disciplines) and the Faculty of Science.
  10. If a student cannot meet academic requirements to complete the four-year degree, he/she will not automatically be eligible to graduate with a three-year BSc in Biology, unless all the requirements of that degree have been completed.