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

Admission Requirements

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, One Health, Pharmacology, Physiology.

Students admitted to the BMSc Program who are interested in an interdisciplinary Major should see the MAJOR IN INTERDISCIPLINARY MEDICAL SCIENCES (IMS).

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, Data Science 1000A/B, Mathematics 1228A/B, Mathematics 1229A/B, Mathematics 1600A/B, Statistical Sciences 1024A/B.

0.5 course in physics with a minimum mark of 60% from: Physics 1201A/B***, Physics 1501A/B, the former Physics 1028A/B, the former Physics 1301A/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 former Applied Mathematics 1413 may be used in place of the 1.0 mathematics course listed above.

Note: Students considering a BMSc module must take Calculus 1000A/B or Calculus 1500A/B for admission. 

*** Physics 1101A/B with a mark of at least 80% may be used in place of Physics 1201A/B. Note that admission to all other modules offered by the basic medical science departments requires either Physics 1201A/B or Physics 1501A/B, and one of Computer Science 1026A/B, Physics 1202A/B or Physics 1502A/B, and substitutions will be not permitted.

Module/Program Information

6.0 courses:

0.5 course: Biochemistry 2280A.
0.5 course from: Chemistry 2213A/B, Chemistry 2273A.
0.5 course from: Biology 2244A/B, 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 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: 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.


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 Bioinformatics, Medical Biophysics, Medical Sciences, Microbiology and Immunology, One Health, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology) and courses listed in Group 3 of the Honours Specialization in IMS.

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 (