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Admission Requirements

Students are admitted into the BMSc Honors Medical Sciences 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 Basic Medical Sciences are emphasized.

First Year Requirements:

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, Linear Algebra 040a/b, Mathematics 028a/b, Statistical Sciences 024a/b. This Mathematics requirement must be completed by the end of the second year.
Physics 020, 024 or 028a/b and 029a/b, or the former Physics 022 or 025. For Biophysics, Physics 020 or 024 or the former 025 is required.
1.0 course from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities or the Faculty of Social Science

Students enrolled in First year, as of September 2003, must also include one of these Physics courses in their programs, prior to entering Third Year of the BMSc General program.

NOTE: 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 Requirements


  1. Chemistry 274a and 284b, or the former Chemistry 224a and 234b, or the former 254 is recommended (but not required) for students considering Honors Biochemistry in Fourth Year.
  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 Honors BMSc program is not designed to provide the requirements for entry into graduate programs (Honors degrees in specific disciplines 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 70% 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, and Physiology and Pharmacology. They are referred to in this program as the Principal Disciplines.

Principal Courses

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
Pathology: Pathology 240a, 440a/b, 450b
Pharmacology and Toxicology: Pharmacology and Toxicology 355a/b, 356a/b (former Biology 362), 357
Physiology: Physiology 312, 313y (or the former Physiology 310), 314a

Subsidiary Courses

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. (See Graduation Requirement Item 8).

Progression into Fourth Year

To proceed to the fourth year of this program requires successful completion of Years 2 and 3, with an overall average of 70% or more, plus an average of at least 70% in 3.0 courses from the above Principal Disciplines with no mark less than 60% in each of these three.

Fourth Year

Principal Courses

    3.0 400-level lecture courses from two or more of the departments comprising the Principal Disciplines (see individual department listings for the 400-level courses offered in that subject).

    Subsidiary Courses

    1.0 course at the 200-level or above from any faculty.

    NOTE: It is highly recommended that students take a course in Bioethics (see the Department of Philosophy for offerings).

Graduation Requirements

The requirements for graduation from the Four-Year BMSc Honors 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 70% in the 20.0 courses counted for graduation, and an average of at least 70% in the required Biology, Chemistry and Statistics courses of the second year, and in the 7.0 required courses from Third Year and Fourth Year with no mark less than 60% in each of the required courses.
  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 Honors degree, he/she will not automatically be eligible to graduate with the Four-Year General BMSc, or the Three or Four-Year General BSc in Biology, unless all the requirements of the degree have been completed.