Academic Calendar - 2024

Western University Academic Calendar. - 2024

Western Main Campus

Faculty of Science/Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry; including BMSc and Neuroscience - Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS) - Basic Medical Sciences Undergraduate Education (BMSUE)

This Major may only be completed in a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) degree, either in combination with another basic medical science Major (Double Majors) or in addition to an Honours Specialization or Specialization module. See BACHELOR OF MEDICAL SCIENCES (BMSc) PROGRAM for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this Major module occurs in Year 3 and requires admission to Year 3 of the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) Program. Students will usually complete MEDICAL SCIENCES FIRST ENTRY (Medical Sciences 1 and 2) prior to admission to the Major module.

The 1000-level half courses listed below must each be completed with a mark of at least 60%:

1.0 courses: Biology 1001A* and Biology 1002B*.
1.0 courses: Chemistry 1301A/B and Chemistry 1302A/B.
0.5 course from: Calculus 1000A/B, Calculus 1500A/B.
0.5 course from: Applied Mathematics 1201A/B, Calculus 1301A/B, Calculus 1501A/B, Mathematics 1600A/B.
0.5 course from: Physics 1201A/B, Physics 1501A/B, the former Physics 1028A/B, the former Physics 1301A/B.
0.5 course from: Computer Science 1026A/B, Physics 1202A/B, Physics 1502A/B, the former Physics 1029A/B, the former Physics 1302A/B.

* Biology 1201A with a mark of at least 70% may be used in place of Biology 1001A, and Biology 1202B with a mark of at least 70% may be used in place of Biology 1002B.

The courses below must be completed with a minimum mark of 60% in each prior to admission to the Major module in Year 3. These courses will also be used towards the Module requirements. See ADMISSION TO THE BACHELOR OF MEDICAL SCIENCES (BMSc) PROGRAM and MODULES OFFERED IN THE BMSc PROGRAM for additional requirements (averages, course load, etc.).

0.5 course: Biochemistry 2280A.
0.5 course from: Biology 2244A/B or Statistical Sciences 2244A/B.
1.0 courses from: Biology 2290F/G, Biology 2382A/B, Biology 2581A/B.
0.5 course from: Chemistry 2213A/B.

Module/Program Information

6.0 courses:

0.5 course: Biochemistry 2280A.
0.5 course
from: Biology 2244A/B, Statistical Sciences 2244A/B.
0.5 course: Biology 2290F/G.
0.5 course from: Biology 2382A/B, Biology 2581A/B.
0.5 course: Chemistry 2213A/B.
2.5 courses from: Groups 1 and 2 (see below) with a minimum of 1.5 courses selected from Group 1 (see Note #1 below).
0.5 course: Medical Sciences 4931F/G.
0.5 course at the 4000-level from any of the following subject areas: Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Medical Bioinformatics, Medical Biophysics, Medical Sciences, Microbiology and Immunology, One Health, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Physiology and Pharmacology.

Group 1: Anatomy and Cell Biology 2200A/B, Anatomy and Cell Biology 3200A/B, Anatomy and Cell Biology 3309, Biochemistry 3381A, Biochemistry 3382A, Biostatistics 3100A, Biostatistics 3110B, Epidemiology 2200A/B, Epidemiology 3200A, Medical Biophysics 3330F, Medical Biophysics 3501A, Medical Biophysics 3467B, Medical Biophysics 3503G, Medical Biophysics 3720A, Microbiology and Immunology 2500A/B, Microbiology and Immunology 3200B, Microbiology and Immunology 3300B, Microbiology and Immunology 3400A, Pathology 3500, Pharmacology 3620, Physiology 3120, Physiology 3140A, the former Medical Biophysics 3505F, the former Medical Biophysics 3507G, the former Microbiology and Immunology 3100A.

Group 2Anatomy and Cell Biology 3201A/B, 
Anatomy and Cell Biology 3329A/B, Biochemistry 3385B, Biochemistry 3386B, Biochemistry 3390B, Epidemiology 3210B, Epidemiology 3315B, Epidemiology 3330F/G, Medical Bioinformatics 3100A/B, Medical Biophysics 3518B, Medical Biophysics 3820B, Microbiology and Immunology 3500B, Neuroscience 2000, One Health 3300A/B, One Health 3600A/B, Pharmacology 2060A/B, the former Medical Biophysics 3645A/B.


1. Of these 2.5 courses from Groups 1-2, a maximum of 2.0 courses can be from one subject area (e.g. a maximum of 2.0 can be Biochemistry courses). It is not mandatory to complete any Group 2 courses in the Major in IMS. A maximum of 1.0 course from the courses listed in Group 3 of the Honours Specialization in IMS may be used in place of 1.0 course from Group 2 in the Major in IMS. See the IMS website for more information about the Major in IMS.
2. A maximum of 1.0 "common course" can be double-counted toward two modules in a BMSc degree. See the IMS website for more information about the Common Course Policy as it relates to the Major in IMS.
3. See UNDERGRADUATE COURSE INFORMATION for course requisites and the BMSc website for information about constraints (priority and restricted access) for all basic medical science courses.