Last updated: February 24, 2015 @ 03:10PM

Medical Sciences

This program is offered through the Department of Health Sciences

Brent E. Faught

Undergraduate Program Co-ordinator
Maryann Polce-Gordon

General Information

Administrative Assistant
Joanne Boucher

905-688-5550, extension 4228
Academic South 329

The Honours BSc in Medical Sciences prepares students for careers in health professions with a bio-science perspective. This pre-health professional degree allows students to meet the requirements of postgraduate programs in medicine, dentistry, optometry, chiropractic health, and the allied health professions.

Students planning to pursue post-graduate education in health or medical fields may consider taking credits in the following areas: Biochemistry, Calculus, English Language and Literature, Organic Chemistry, Philosophy, and Physics. Early during undergraduate studies, students should research prerequisites and admission requirements at the schools to which they plan to apply.

Program Notes
  1. To proceed to year 2, students must achieve a minimum 65 percent major average and a minimum 60 percent non-major average, with a minimum grade of 60 percent in HLSC 1F90 and either MATH 1F92 or 1P98, and have successfully completed BIOL 1F90 and CHEM 1F92. To continue in the program after second year, students must achieve and maintain a minimum 70 percent major average and a minimum 60 percent non-major average or program removal may occur.
  2. The following courses are available for science credit: HLSC 2F95, 2P01, 2P07, 2P09, 2P91, 3P01, 3P07, 3P09, 3P19, 3P51, 3P90, 3P91, 3P93, 3P97, 4P07, 4P19, 4P41, 4P50, 4P95, 4P97, 4P99. The list of non-HLSC science courses can be found at
  3. The following courses are not available for science credit: APCO 1P50, ASTR 1P01, 1P02, BIOL 1F25, 1F26, CHEM 1P00, COSC 1P50, ERSC 1F01, 1F02, 1F90, 1P92, IASC 1P50, MATH 1F92, PHYS 1P21, 1P22, 1P23, SCIE 1P50, 1P51.
  4. Medical Sciences majors cannot take KINE 1P90 in fulfilment of their degree requirements.
  5. In 20 credit degree programs a maximum of eight credits may be numbered 1(alpha)00 to 1(alpha)99; at least three credits must be numbered 2(alpha)90 or above; at least three credits must be numbered 3(alpha)90 or above; and the remaining credits must be numbered 2(alpha)00 or above.
    In some circumstances, in order to meet university degree and program requirements, more than 20 credits may be taken.

Honours Program (only)

Year 1
·   HLSC 1F90
·   BIOL 1F90
·   CHEM 1F92
·   MATH 1F92 or 1P98 and one-half elective credit (see program notes 1, 4 and 5)
·   one Humanities context credit

Year 2
·   HLSC 2F95, 2P07, 2P09 and 2P27
·   BIOL 2P97
·   one Science elective credit numbered 2(alpha)00 to 2(alpha)99 (see program notes 2, 3 and 4)
·   one elective credit (see program notes 1, 4 and 5)

Year 3
·   HLSC 2P21, 3P09, 3P19 and 3P97
·   one elective credit (see program note 4)
·   two Science elective credits (see program notes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)

Year 4
·   HLSC 4P50, 4P95 and 4P99
·   one HLSC credit numbered 3(alpha)90 or above
·   one and one-half credits from Science courses numbered 2(alpha)90 or above (see program notes 2, 3 and 4)
·   one elective credit (see program notes 4 and 5)

Description of Courses

See relevant calendar entry for course descriptions.