Academic Calendar - 2024

Western University Academic Calendar. - 2024

Western Main Campus

Faculty of Science - Biology

Admission Requirements

Completion of first year requirements with no failures. Students must have an average of at least 70% in 3.0 principal courses, including:

Biology 1001A or Biology 1201A and Biology 1002B or Biology 1202B; Chemistry 1301A/B and Chemistry 1302A/B; plus 1.0 additional course, with no mark in any of these principal courses below 60%.
0.5 course from: Physics 1201A/B, Physics 1401A/B, Physics 1501A/B; the former Physics 1028A/B, the former Physics 1301A/B.
1.0 course from: Calculus 1000A/B or Calculus 1500A/B, Calculus 1301A/B or Calculus 1501A/B, Mathematics 1225A/B, Mathematics 1228A/B, Mathematics 1229A/B or Mathematics 1600A/B, Data Science 1000A/B, Applied Mathematics 1201A/B, Numerical and Mathematical Methods 1411A/B, Numerical and Mathematical Methods 1412A/B, Numerical and Mathematical Methods 1414A/B; the former Applied Mathematics 1411A/B, the former Applied Mathematics 1412A/B, the former Applied Mathematics 1414A/B, the former Applied Mathematics 1413, the former Statistical Sciences 1024A/B. If not completed in Year 1, the Mathematics requirement must be completed by the end of Year 2.
Note: If not completed in Year 1, the Physics requirement must be completed by the end of Year 2.
Note: Physics 1101A/B with a minimum mark of 65% can be used to replace Physics 1201A/B.

Module/Program Information

10.0 courses:

2.5 courses: Biochemistry 2280A, Biology 2290F/G, Biology 2382A/B, Biology 2483A/B, Biology 2581A/B.
0.5 course: Chemistry 2213A/B.
0.5 course: Biology 2601A/B.
0.5 course from: Biology 2244A/B, Statistical Sciences 2244A/B.
4.0 courses at the 2200 level or above*, chosen from the Department of Biology and the Basic  Medical Sciences disciplines (see below), of which at least 3.0 courses must be chosen from the Department of Biology. A maximum of 1.0 course may be at the 2200-2999 level and at least 1.5 of these courses must have a laboratory component.
1.5 courses from any 4000-level Biology course.
0.5 courses from the following: Biology 4920F/G, Biology 4944F/G, the former Biology 4930F/G, the former Biology 4931F/G (Students registered in Biology 4999E can satisfy this 0.5 credit with any 4000-level Biology course).

Basic Medical Sciences Disciplines:  Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Medical Biophysics, Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology, Physiology, and Pharmacology.
Courses in History of Science are not included.  

* The former Microbiology and Immunology 2100A and/or Pharmacology 2060A/B may be taken to satisfy this requirement.  


1. Many 4000-level Biology courses require the completion of 1.5 Biology courses at the 3000-level or above.

2. Students with specific Biology interests should visit the departmental website for course recommendations in various disciplines or contact a Biology Academic Counsellor.