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 Honours 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%:
2.5 courses: Integrated Science 2001F**, Integrated Science 2002B**, Integrated Science 3001F/G***, Integrated Science 3002A/B***, Integrated Science 4001Y****.
0.5 course**: Philosophy 2320F/G.
0.5 course: Science 3377A/B***.
1.5 course: Integrated Science 4999E****.
3.0 courses: Earth Sciences 2200A/B, Earth Sciences 2201A/B, Earth Sciences 2206A/B, Earth Sciences 2250Y, Earth Sciences 2260A/B, Earth Sciences 2265A/B.
0.5 course from: Earth Sciences 3313A/B, Earth Sciences 3314A/B, Earth Sciences 3315A/B.
1.0 course from: Earth Sciences 2123F/G*, Earth Sciences 2130Y, Earth Sciences 2220A/B, Earth Sciences 2230A/B, Earth Sciences 2240F/G or Earth Sciences 2241A/B.
1.5 additional courses in Earth Sciences at the 2000 level or above.
2.0 additional courses in Earth Sciences at the 3000 level or above.
*If Earth Sciences 1023A/B has been taken, Earth Sciences 2123F/G cannot be taken.
** 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.