The Western Integrated Science (WISc) program is a first entry, four-year program administered by the Faculty of Science. It is designed to provide select students with the diverse science education necessary to address the interdisciplinarity of today's major scientific challenges (e.g., climate change, world hunger, alternative energy). WISC combines unique Integrated Science courses with traditional discipline-specific courses. In Year 2, WISC students will enroll in an Integrated Science Honours Specialization module administered jointly by the Faculty of Science and individual Science departments.
Students who complete WISc Program will graduate with an “Honours Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science with (specific discipline).”
Admission into WISc is competitive, limited and open only to students who apply to Western through the ES stream of the Ontario Universities' Application Centre. In addition to the Grade 12 requirements, a personal statement is required and will be used as part of the adjudication for admission. See the Western Faculty of Science website (https://www.uwo.ca/sci/undergraduate/future_students/index.html) for details about the admission selection process.
Completion of first year requirements with no failures. Students must complete the following courses with an average of at least 70%, with no individual course mark below 60%:
2.5 courses: Integrated Science 2001F/G*, Integrated Science 2002B*, Integrated Science 3001F/G**, Integrated Science 3002A/B**, Integrated Science 4001Y***.
0.5 course*: Philosophy 2320F/G.
0.5 course: Science 3377A/B**.
1.5 course: Integrated Science 4999E***.
6.0 courses: Chemistry 2271A, Chemistry 2272F, Chemistry 2273A, Chemistry 2374A, Chemistry 2281G, Chemistry 2283G, Chemistry 2384B, Chemistry 3370A/B, Chemistry 3371F, Chemistry 3372F/G, Chemistry 3373F, Chemistry 3374A/B.
0.5 course: Chemistry 3391A/B or Chemistry 4493A/B.
1.5 courses from: Chemistry courses at the 3000 level or above (at least 1.0 of which must be at the 4000 level, or 0.5 course at the 4000 level if Chemistry 4493A/B is chosen from the list above).
Year 1 consists of 5.5 courses.
* indicates courses taken in Second Year of Program
** indicates courses taken in Third Year of Program
*** indicates courses taken in Fourth Year of Program
First year requirements must be completed with no mark less than 60% in any principal course and an overall average in principal courses of 70%. See particular Integrated Science module for what constitutes principal courses. For progression into 4th year of the program, students must maintain an overall average of 70% with no mark less than 60% in any course required in the module. Students who do not meet the progression requirements, or chose not to continue in the program, may be able to continue their studies in a traditional module. Students should consult an academic counsellor in the Department that administers their chosen module.