Academic Calendar - 2020 ARCHIVE

Western University Academic Calendar. - 2020ARCHIVE

Western Main Campus

Faculty of Science/Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry; including BMSc and Neuroscience - Medical Sciences

As of September 1, 2013, admission to this module is available only to students in degrees other than Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) degrees. The Major in Medical Sciences cannot be completed in combination with any of the following Majors in a Bachelor of Science degree: Biochemistry, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Medical Biophysics, Medical Cell Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, Pharmacology, Physiology. 

Students registered in a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) degree prior to September 1, 2013 may complete the Major in Medical Sciences. Students admitted to the BMSc Program after September 1, 2013 who are interested in an interdisciplinary Major should see the MAJOR IN INTERDISCIPLINARY MEDICAL SCIENCES (IMS).

Admission Requirements

Completion of first-year requirements, including a mark of at least 60% in each of the 3.0 (full or half) principal courses below:

1.0 course: Biology 1001A and Biology 1002B*.
1.0 course: Chemistry 1301A/B and Chemistry 1302A/B.
1.0 course from: Applied Mathematics 1201A/B, Calculus 1000A/B or Calculus 1500A/B, Calculus 1301A/B or Calculus 1501A/B, Mathematics 1225A/B, Mathematics 1228A/B, Mathematics 1229A/B, Mathematics 1600A/B, Statistical Sciences 1024A/B, Applied Mathematics 1413.

The following must be completed by the end of second year, with a mark of at least 60% in each half course:

0.5 course from: Physics 1028A/B, Physics 1301A/B or Physics 1501A/B.
0.5 course from: Physics 1029A/B, Physics 1302A/B or Physics 1502A/B.
It is recommended that the two half courses in Physics be taken in the Fall and Winter terms of the same academic year.

* 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.

Module/Program Information

6.0 courses:

0.5 course: Biochemistry 2280A.
0.5 course from: Chemistry 2213A/B or Chemistry 2273A.
0.5 course from: Biology 2244A/B or Statistical Sciences 2244A/B.
1.0 course from: Biology 2290F/G, Biology 2382A/B, Biology 2581A/B.
3.0 courses from: Groups 1 and 2 with a minimum of 1.0 course selected from Group 1. A maximum of 2.0 courses from one subject area (e.g. a maximum of 2.0 courses in Biochemistry) can be used towards this Group requirement.
0.5 course from: Chemistry numbered 2100-3999 or an additional 0.5 course from Group 1 or 2.

Group 1: Anatomy and Cell Biology 2200A/B, Anatomy and Cell Biology 3309, Biochemistry 3381A, Biochemistry 3382A, Biostatistics 3100A, Biostatistics 3110B, Epidemiology 2200A/B, Epidemiology 3200A, Medical Biophysics 3330F/G, Medical Biophysics 3336F/G, Medical Biophysics 3501A, Medical Biophysics 3503G, Medical Biophysics 3505F, Medical Biophysics 3507G, Microbiology and Immunology 2500A/B, Microbiology and Immunology 3100A, Microbiology and Immunology 3300B, Pathology 3500, Pharmacology 3620, Physiology 3120, Physiology 3140A, or any of these former courses: the former Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2200A/B, the former Pathology 3240A, the former Pathology 3245B.

Group 2: Anatomy and Cell Biology 3200A/B, Biochemistry 3385A, Biochemistry 3386B, Biochemistry 3390B, Epidemiology 3210B, Epidemiology 3315B, Epidemiology 3330F/G, Microbiology and Immunology 3500B, Pharmacology 2060A/B, the former Anatomy and Cell Biology 3319.


1. It is not mandatory to complete any Group 2 courses in the Major in Medical Sciences. A maximum of 1.0 of the following courses may be used in place of up to 1.0 course from Group 2: 4000-level half courses from the basic medical sciences (Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Medical Biophysics, Medical Sciences, Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology) and courses listed in Group 3 of the Honours Specialization in IMS (a maximum of 0.5 course from Group 3 may be substituted for a 0.5 course from Group 2).

2. See UNDERGRADUATE COURSE INFORMATION for the course requisites and the BMSc website for information about constraints (priority and restricted access) for all basic medical science courses (