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Medical Sciences

This program is offered through the Department of Health Sciences

Paul LeBlanc

Undergraduate Program Co-ordinator
Maryann Polce-Gordon

Experiential Education Co-ordinator
Janet Westbury

General Information

Administrative Assistant
Mary Montgomery

905-688-5550, extension 4228
Academic South 329

The Honours BSc in Medical Sciences prepares students for careers in health professions with a human life sciences perspective. This degree provides the foundation for postgraduate programs in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, chiropractic, physical therapy, occupational therapy and the allied health professions. Prepares students for careers in health as well as medical research and education.

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, it is the students' responsibility to research prerequisites for advanced courses as well as admission requirements for any post-graduate programs to which they may 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 one of STAT 1F92, 1P98, 1P99, and have successfully completed BIOL 1P91, 1P92, CHEM 1P91 and 1P92. 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 elective credit: HLSC 2P00, 2P07, 2P09, 2P91, 2P92, 2P95, 2P96, 3P02, 3P07, 3P09, 3P19, 3P32, 3P51, 3P90, 3P91, 3P93, 3P97, 3P99, 3Q90, 3Q98, 4P02, 4P03, 4P07, 4P17, 4P19, 4P41, 4P50, 4P89, 4P95, 4P96, 4P97, 4P98, 4P99. If HLSC 2P91, 2P92, 3P02, 3P09, 3P19, 3P90, 3P91 are taken to fulfill Medical Sciences program requirements, they cannot also be used as science electives. The list of all science elective credits can be found at
  3. The following courses are not available for science elective credit: APCO 1P50, ASTR 1P01, 1P02, BIOL 1F25, 1P23, 1P24, 1P27, 1P28, CHEM 1P00, COSC 1P50, ERSC 1P92, 1P94, 2P08, IASC 1P50, STAT 1F92, 1P98, 1P99, 2P52, NEUR 1P01, OEVI 4P92, PHYS 1P21, 1P22, SCIE 1P50, 1P51, 1P52.
  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 1P91 and 1P92
·   CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
·   one credit from STAT 1F92, STAT 1P98 and one-half elective credit, STAT 1P99 and one-half elective credit (see program notes 1, 4 and 5)
·   one Humanities context credit

Year 2
·   HLSC 2P07, 2P09, 2P27, 2P95 and 2P96
·   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 and 3P97
·   one credit from HLSC 2P91, 2P92, 3P02, 3P09, 3P19, 3P90 and 3P91 (see program note 2)
·   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 note 2)
·   one elective credit (see program notes 1, 4 and 5)

Minor Program

Minor in Gerontology
Consult the Recreation and Leisure Studies entry for a listing of program requirements.

Description of Courses

See relevant calendar entry for course descriptions.