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 Honors Specialization module administered jointly by the Faculty of Science and individual Science departments.
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 (http://www.uwo.ca/sci/undergrad/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%:
0.5 course: Integrated Science 1000Z;
0.5 course: Calculus 1000A/B or Calculus 1500A/B
1.0 course: Chemistry 1301A/B, Physics 1301A/B or Physics 1501A/B;
0.5 course: Biology 1001A;
2.0 course: Integrated Science 1001X.
2.5 courses: Integrated Science 2001F**, Integrated Science 2002B**, Integrated Science 3001F/G***, Integrated Science 3002A/B***, Integrated Science 4001A/B****.
0.5 course from**: Philosophy 2033A/B, Philosophy 2035F/G, Philosophy 2078F/G, Philosophy 2370F/G.
0.5 course: Science 3377A/B***.
1.5 course: Integrated Science 4999E****.
0.5 course: Biochemistry 2280A.
2.5 courses: Biology 2290F/G, Biology 2382A/B, Biology 2483A/B, Biology 2581A/B, Biology 2601A/B.
0.5 course: Chemistry 2213A/B.
0.5 course from: Biology 2244A/B, Statistical Sciences 2244A/B.
4.0 additional courses at the 3000 level or above, chosen from the Department of Biology and the Basic Medical Sciences disciplines*, of which at least 3.0 courses must be chosen from the Department of Biology. At least 1.5 of these 4.0 courses must have a laboratory component.
*Basic Medical Sciences Disciplines: Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Medical Biophysics, Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology, Physiology, and Pharmacology.
** 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.