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Science Academic Plans


Honours Biomedical Sciences
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Advisors: See Faculty of Science, academic advisors.

The Faculty of Science Biomedical Sciences Academic Plan prepares graduates for entry into a comprehensive array of professional programs in the health care field. Core subjects are offered that are common for the majority of professional programs. These are supplemented with a significant number of elective courses, allowing students to tailor their programs to meet the admission requirements for programs in optometry, pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, forensics, radiotherapy, or health discipline graduate studies.

Continuation in the Biomedical Sciences program requires a cumulative overall average of 60% and a cumulative Science average of 65%.

Successful completion of this program requires:

  1. 22.75 units that include:
  2. Completion of the English Language Proficiency Requirement
Additional Program Conditions:
  1. A maximum of 3.0 SCI units count towards this degree.
  2. A maximum of 5.0 failed units are allowed.


  1. Students should consult the admission requirements for professional schools of interest to aid in the selection of elective courses.
  2. Students should note that higher averages than those required to continue in the Biomedical Sciences program will normally be needed to enter many professional or graduate programs.
  3. Students should be aware that health profession programs often require courses in one or more of the following subject areas: English, Mathematics, Computer Science, Sociology, Accounting, Economics, Languages, Psychology, Philosophy, Humanities.

Recommended Course Sequence

Year One

BIOL 130, BIOL 130L, BIOL 239
CHEM 120/CHEM 120L
CHEM 123/CHEM 123L
PHYS 111/PHYS 111L or PHYS 121/PHYS 121L
PHYS 112/PHYS 112L or PHYS 122/PHYS 122L
Four electives (2.0 units)

Year Two

BIOL 240, BIOL 240L, BIOL 241, BIOL 273BIOL 273L 
CHEM 266/CHEM 266L
CHEM 267/CHEM 267L
Five electives (2.5 units)

Year Three

BIOL 301, BIOL 302, BIOL 303, BIOL 308, BIOL 373BIOL 373L
CHEM 237/CHEM 237L 
Four electives (2.0 units)

Year Four

Ten electives (5.0 units)


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