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 module leads to a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) degree. See BACHELOR OF MEDICAL SCIENCES (BMSc) PROGRAM for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this Honours Specialization module occurs in Year 3 and requires admission to the 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 Honours Specialization module. Enrolment in this Honours Specialization module is limited and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

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 2000-level courses below must be completed with a minimum mark of 60% in each prior to admission to the Honours Specialization module in Year 3. These 2000-level courses will also be used towards the Module requirements. See ADMISSION TO THE BACHELOR OF MEDICAL SCIENCES (BMSc) PROGRAM for additional average, course load requirements, etc. and MODULES OFFERED IN THE BMSc PROGRAM for specific information about Honours Specialization modules, including the Weighted Average Chart.

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

Module/Program Information

10.0 courses:

0.5 course: Biochemistry 2280A.
1.5 courses:
Biology 2290F/G, Biology 2382A/B, Biology 2581A/B.
0.5 course:
Chemistry 2213A/B.
0.5 course from: Biology 2244A/B, Statistical Sciences 2244A/B.
2.0 courses from Group 1.
(these 2.0 Group 1 courses cannot all be from the same subject area, e.g., these 2.0 Group 1 courses cannot all be Anatomy and Cell Biology courses).
2.0 additional courses from: courses from Groups 1-3 and courses numbered 2100 -3999 in Chemistry. These 2.0 courses must include 0.5 – 1.0 course from Group 3. A maximum of 1.0 course from Group 3 and a maximum of 0.5 course in Chemistry can be included within these 2.0 courses.
1.0 course from: Medical Sciences 4990E, Medical Sciences 4995E (or the former Medical Sciences 4900F/G/Z and 0.5 4000-level course from the basic medical science subject areas listed below).
0.5 course: Medical Sciences 4930F/G.
0.5 course from: Medical Sciences 4200A/B, the former Medical Sciences 4300A/B.
1.0 additional courses at the 4000-level from the following basic medical science 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 2 (see notes below): Anatomy 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.

Group 3: Biochemistry 3380G, , Medical Biophysics 3980E, Medical Sciences 3990E, Microbiology and Immunology 3610F, Microbiology and Immunology 3620G, Physiology and Pharmacology 3000E, the former Medical Sciences 3900F/G/Z, the former Medical Biophysics 3970Z.


1. Chemistry 2223B is a prerequisite for the following Group 1 and 3 courses: Biochemistry 3381A, Biochemistry 3382A and Microbiology and Immunology 3610F.
2. For the specific courses that must be completed before Year 4, see the Weighted Average Chart (MODULES OFFERED IN THE BMSc PROGRAM).
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.